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AboutMe

College student in the NorthEast studying physics and going pre-med.  Stress is a way of life, but I have running to mellow me out.  Pretty much love anything bamf (*cough*Jack Bauer*cough*).  I hate the cold and question why I’m still in NewEngland.  That plus and love of all things country means I should move South.  Like tomorrow 🙂

Ran my first marathon (3rd May 2009) and ran it really well and qualified for BOSTON. I’m super excited.  But first a bit as to why I got into running.

I grew up somewhat nonathletic.  I was the kid that would rather read a book during recess than play four-square (anyone else remember that? Or am I just dating myself here?) but I had parents that would not let me continue that way for long.  I was forced to try out for the middle school basketball team and was very surprised when I actually made it.  I had never touched a basketball before! Granted I was 5’9″ in 5th grade so I towered over everyone when I got to middle school.

I also went into swimming during middle, and this was on my own accord as I loved being in the water, and eventually I was forced to join the middle school track team.  Totally wasn’t my favorite thing to do but hey.  In case you were wondering I was a sprinter.

During high school I joined the volleyball team (and we made it to the state tourney for the first time in school history holllleeeerrr), continued to play basketball (and had to drop swimming because it was also a winter sport and loved my AAU team wayyyy more than the school one), and intermittently ran track.  I only did it my freshman and junior years and was a sprinter as a frosh (and a damn good one, #2 girl on the team) and a distance runner junior year (I was decent but at this point I really hated track itself but all my friends were distance kids so I made the leap).

I wish I could say it was here that I loved running or fell in love with it but it really wasn’t.  I felt that I was being pushed by my parents into all these things.  And I was, if I didn’t play a varsity sport I was grounded. Lame I know.  Senior year, after my last volleyball and basketball seasons ever, I quit the track team.  For certain reasons my parents didn’t really pay much attention to this.  But one of my friends quit with me and we began to run after school everyday.  I’m sure that we were doing the same things as the track team but it felt different.  It felt free. I think this was when I realized that running was fun and something I actually wanted to do.

This didn’t mean that I wanted to join any team.  On the contrary, I knew (and still know) that I don’t like people telling me what I “have to do”.  (As if you couldn’t tell that from my posts ha).  I like creating my own scheme because I get to push myself in my way.  This does sometimes mean that I overdo it.  And it doesn’t mean that I shun other people’s thoughts.  Just the opposite, as a really competitive athlete I tend to take everything anyone says really seriously be it advice, criticism, critique, what have you.

After high school I took a gap year and then went to college, running all the way.  I entered my first race (half marathon) in the fall of 2007 and got bitten.  I ran a 10k and another half that spring each time proving to myself that I love to race and that I am fast (hopefully that doesn’t sound cocky or something!).  After running a 10k in the fall of ’08 I decided to tackle the marathon and ran my first one in May of ’09.  As I wrote above I qualified for Boston. Wicked exciting!

So that’s about where I stand.  The fall of ’09 held some great races (the race reports which can be found under the race reports tab on the right)  and I’m really looking forward to becoming a more experienced racer in the future.  I can’t wait to smash some PRs 🙂

Questions? Comments? Email me at: MarathonMaidenRunner@gmail.com

18 Comments »

  1. Congrats on your blog!

    And this fellow New Englander loves country music too! Lots of great concerts around here. No need to move down South! I lived there, and moved back.

    Comment by Mark — April 3, 2009 @ 08:44

  2. Hi. Just reading your blog – some great stuff here. I love your posts on the forum and to me you will always be that insanely talented runner who could BQ in her first race. While being a pre-med and applying to med school. My sister and her husband are doctors and I appreciate how hard it is for you. And they weren’t marathoners! Sis got a job a few months ago running a big department at Harvard Med but turned it down – are you in Boston?

    Best wishes,
    Texas Trotter

    Comment by Bill — July 13, 2009 @ 12:26

  3. hey!

    finally stopped into your blog from the RW forums!
    awesome reading/running!

    bummer you couldnt make it here to Maine for the MDI relay… (i think we’d win the co-ed division) 🙂

    have an awesome week!

    -seth

    Comment by seth (tofu blood) — September 15, 2009 @ 10:28

  4. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Congrats on the marathon. So awesome!! i’ll be excited to keep reading your posts!!

    Comment by Natalie — September 28, 2009 @ 14:41

  5. i didnt realize you were running boston!! my sister is running it this year so ill be up there!!

    Comment by Christina — October 2, 2009 @ 10:35

  6. Wow, congrats on qualifying for Boston! Do you have a goal time in mind. I just started a blog recently (so new to this- but I love writing!). I used to run alot in the past and compete – never great, but I had some potential – but then life/’crap’ took over (no excuses though) and I got away from it. Well, I’m trying to ‘find my way’ back to it and although it’s been more downs than up, there really is nothing like a good run in the fall air to totally balance me. (sigh…haha). Anyways, I’m hoping to get into more on my blog. Check it out if you can. I’d love your feedback/advice about running/goals/training in the future…cause right now I have none haha!! 🙂

    Comment by Jen(eatmovelove) — October 12, 2009 @ 20:49

  7. I know you are in the NorthEast…anywhere close to NH, VT, VA or WVA? I completely need your assistance if you are, or know of anyone who is!

    Comment by specialkphd — December 8, 2009 @ 01:22

  8. hey, love the blog. I really enjoy your posts on the RW dailies (I am “marlborostomarathons”)

    Comment by Eric — January 12, 2010 @ 17:53

  9. Hey, thanks for checking out my blog! I can’t wait to read more about your running, and am getting ready to read all the race reports. I am running my first half this June and am hoping to be ready to commit to a marathon in the fall! Congrats on qualifying for Boston-that is Amazing!

    Comment by Kara — January 29, 2010 @ 12:31

  10. LOVE Jack Bauer too. love him!

    Comment by Morgan — February 17, 2010 @ 20:41

  11. hey i just found your blog and really enjoy reading it!
    come check out mine 🙂
    jenna

    Comment by jenna — February 26, 2010 @ 22:23

  12. I have a similar story, and yes I can relate to being a child that would rather read than play four-square. I was a bookwork with almost no athletic ability, or so I thought.

    You are my new inspiration! You did so well on your first marathon which is encouraging since I will be running my first in Malibu this November. I wasn’t going to expect much out of myself, but hey, why not?

    Love your blog! New follower, right here. 🙂

    Comment by Kate — September 21, 2010 @ 18:15

    • Excuse me– bookworm rather. Not Bookwork. typo. 🙂

      Comment by Kate — September 21, 2010 @ 18:15

  13. good luck in dallas!! rest up and have fun!

    Comment by lindsay — November 18, 2010 @ 20:47

  14. Why did you study physics?!!! Holy mother, you are a bamf!

    Comment by Jess @ Blonde Ponytail — February 17, 2011 @ 17:40

    • Hahah, I was actually recruited into the department! How crazy, right?!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — February 17, 2011 @ 20:08

  15. Sweet blog!! Not sure where your next race is but hope you do well.

    If you add a link to http://www.WhyMarathon.com on your sidebar, my company would be happy to send you a logo Tech-Shirt.

    Like us on facebook for video blog updates. Happy Running!

    Comment by Mike — March 23, 2011 @ 20:48

  16. Well your parents must have seen your natural talent! Good job on qualifying for Boston in your first marathon=)

    Comment by Jen — May 16, 2011 @ 12:18


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