Me? A runner?

I would never call myself a runner.  An athlete, yes, but a runner?  Never.  I spent the majority of my middle and high school years playing basketball and volleyball, and if anything would consider myself to be a sprinter.  When I participated in spring track in middle school, that was my forte.  The one time I was asked to run a longer distance with a group of girls, I thought I would die.  When I was able to complete a mile in 8:30 in eighth grade, I thought that was the greatest thing ever!

As I went through college, the opportunities for regular exercise in team sports were few.  I attempted to use the gym for about a semester, but once summer came, I did not stick with it.  Once out of college, I actually gained MORE weight, reaching my highest in the summer of 2008 at 183 pounds.  I did Weight Watchers with my mom summer into fall into winter, achieved lifetime, and eventually went on to lose about forty pounds, my lowest weight being 141.3.  I put some weight back on, but seemed to settle around 150 pounds, as I finally started my first classroom teaching job in the fall of 2009 as well as planning a wedding for the following summer.  About 3 months before my wedding in July 2010, I decided to join a local gym and train with a personal trainer to tone up as well as stave off extra calories I was sure to imbibe with the festivities and stress that goes along with the last months of wedding planning.  My trainer was amazing and I felt stronger than ever.  Unfortunately, money doesn’t grow on trees so I could not continue with him after the 3 months were up and pounds crept back on as I settled into life as a wife.  I attempted workouts on my own, but they became sporadic and then I decided to push myself to do my first 5k ever that December.  My husband, Kevin, did crosscountry throughout high school and part of college and had even completed his first marathon in October 2010.  I had him to run with me as I trained for this 5k and was able to cross the finish line that day in 31:53, MUCH faster than I had anticipated.  I knew that I had something here.

So why running now?  I’m not really sure I have an answer for that!  During any run (and before to be perfectly honest), I question myself as to why I am doing this to my body.  However, when I finish a distance I haven’t done before or run through cramps, the accomplishment I feel is amazing and that’s what keeps me coming back.  I don’t think I’ll ever be a marathon runner, and that’s okay.  My 2012 resolution, among many others, is to run a race for each month of the year in order to keep myself focused on my fitness.  I’m hoping with the use of this blog that I will be able to hold myself more accountable for “training” so that I’m ready for each of these races.  As of December 2011, I have completed 4 5k races, something I might choose to write about at a later date.  By December 31, 2012 the plan is to have completed 16 races!  Along the way, I will also be one to comment on other matters in my life and how they are affected as I attempt to complete my 2012 goal including completing 6 grad classes throughout the year as well as starting a job in a completely new field outside of education and just balancing all the other duties I have as a wife, daughter, sister, aunt, nanny and friend!  Hence my blog’s title of Running Ragged!

So here’s to 2012 which I view as a new (and very busy) beginning!  Good riddance 2011!