Running for Life
Welcome to my blog!
This blog was created to mostly be an account of my running journey as I worked towards my running goals for 2020 and beyond.
My big goals for 2020 were:
-Run 100 races
-Complete the Laurel Highlands Trail 70.5 mile Ultra within 20 hours, to qualify for the Western States 100.
-Complete my first World Marathon Major at the Chicago Marathon
-Run a total of at least 2,020 miles
-At least 200,000 ft. elevation gain
Well, 2020 didn’t turn out quite how any of us expected or hoped it would. Despite all of the challenges that occurred I still managed to complete the following:
-I completed 56 live races; ran a total of 2,030 miles, and had 204,630 ft. of elevation gain.
-I deferred my Laurel Highlands registration to this year, and I opted out of deferring my Chicago Marathon entry.
-I set a bunch of new PRs and ran my longest distance race so far of 48 miles.
Here are a few of my goals for 2021:
I’m 37 years old and live in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania with my 3 children. I have a full time IT job. Some of my other interests besides running are health/wellness, fitness, nutrition; photography, nature, history, architecture, geography, and transportation.
I started my current running journey on July 7, 2016 as a way to improve my health and lose weight. At first it was just a recreational hobby that I enjoyed doing. Since I also enjoy seeing stats and data I quickly started using apps to track my runs. It was nice to see my progress over time. My first race was a free, local 5k race on August 3. I absolutely loved the feeling of community and the challenge to push myself; and I’ve been hooked on the thrill of racing since then. Over the next two years I continued to run and participate in races, and I enjoyed trying to improve my performance. I also love running because it is a way to relieve stress and connect with nature. I find it to be very therapeutic.
In the fall of 2018 I was going through a bit of a rough patch in my life and I had to miss out on a few of the races I was really looking forward to. That caused me to get even more depressed and lead me to completely stop running for a few months. Finally as some other areas of my life were improving I decided to start running again on March 1st of 2019. I was so happy to be back running again and was eager to get back to racing also. My first comeback race was on March 23rd. From then until the end of the year I completed 43 races ranging in distance from my first 1 mile race to my first 50k ultra-marathon; and I set a new PR in almost every distance (missed the 15k- Quadzilla was a very hot day). I got to explore many new places and was able to continually challenge myself.
With 2020 being the start of a new decade I figured it would be as great a time as any to do more of the things that bring me the most joy. I love running, exploring new places, challenging myself, and working on continuing to improve. I also enjoy writing, taking pictures, and sharing my passion for running. So I decided to start this blog.
I will be sharing many aspects of my journey as I work towards my goals. This will include my runs and workouts, my nutrition, my recovery, stats, race reviews, struggles, gear and product reviews, and whatever else I may feel like sharing. As my journey continues to evolve, this blog will as well.
Thank you for visiting my page! I hope you enjoy!
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Disclaimer: non-running post Wow! It is now August 31st, 2020. Where has the time gone? The month, the year, the decade, the last quarter century? At the end of the month I try to reflect on what happened during the past month, and what my plans and goals are for the next month. As this… Read more
Although February is the shortest month of the year I still managed to record my highest mileage and elevation totals so far! 178 miles and over 20,000 ft. of elevation, even with 9 days of no running!! This was a great month with some awesome races! My favorite, most challenging, unique, and most elevation gain… Read more
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