Hello, dear Salty Running Readers!
I was a long-time fan of Salty Running and I was thrilled when I was extended an invitation to join this incredible group of women runners at Salty Running in 2015. Since then, there have been a number of changes in my running and life.
In 2015 when I started here, I was strictly a low mileage runner. I was inspired by Run Less, Run Faster, and used it to train successfully to a sub-4 hour marathon at Wineglass. Run Less, Run Faster worked well for me and its philosophy fit well into the role that running played in my life at that point in my life. After a failed attempt to BQ at Steamtown in 2016, I decided to change everything about my running in 2017; I hired a coach and went high volume. As I crossed the finish of CIM in 2017, I threw my hands in the air absolutely convinced that I had punched my ticket to the ball – Boston Marathon for 2019. After all, I was 4 min and 24 seconds under my Boston Qualifying time. Come 10 months later, I found out that I was 28 seconds too late, as Boston had tightened up its standards by 5 minutes. After a few hours of sulking and feeling disappointed, I decided to train for another BQ attempt at the Phoenix Marathon, which was about 4 months away at that time. I was able to put in a great training cycle and I smashed old my PR by over 7 mins. With my new PR of 3:33:01, I re-qualified for Boston with an almost 7-min cushion. In this second time around, I find myself being more cautious about being optimistic about going to Boston, even with a 5-min plus cushion. Once bitten, twice shy, as they say.
In terms of my non-running life, I received a promotion, a huge step up for my professional career, with increased responsibilities, work load, and unfortunately stress. In addition, I decided to become more involved in leadership in the running club that I had been a member of for the last few years. All this means that I had to let other things in my life, such as blogging, go.
Although I miss blogging and the online communities I was a part of, I’m happy with the direction that my life is moving toward. Professionally I am carrying out a vision that I’ve had for several years and working to effect change that I believe will be good for the stakeholders and the institution. Running and training have taken a backseat since Phoenix, but I’m amazed at how much faster I’ve become and what I’ve accomplished since starting back running in late 2011. My husband and I still travel all over the world and take care of our beloved dog, Bandit.
I very much enjoyed my time at Salty Running and getting to know the wonderful ladies who contributed to SR. My time at Salty Running has come to an end, but I’m still hanging around the internet. You can find me on Instagram @afastpacedlife, on Strava, and very occasionally I add to my personal blog.
We’ll miss you, Cardamom, but we’re so glad you shared your running journey with us!