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Thanks to Jeff, I have a new blog home! I thought my first post here should maybe be an introductory-type post, since I don't think I've ever bothered doing that before.

The basics about me are that I'm 27, live in Minnesota, have been married for almost 3 years and we have a border collie named Molly. I'm often deliberately vague about other details/specifics of my life, and prefer to not have my full name posted on the blog. I know the vagueness can be annoying to some but I'm just trying to minimize the number of google-able details posted. I refer to my husband as "the Engineer" and use other nicknames/pseudonyms for people instead of their real names because I figure if they wanted the internet to know about their lives, they'd get their own blog.

So onto the running, which is what I mainly blog about. I started running in 1994, as a freshman in high school. Prior to that, I'd been pretty unathletic and hated gym class. Running the mile for the Presidential Fitness test was pretty painful, although I always thought it would be cool to be a runner. In high school, a lot of my friends were going to run track so I decided to join them, too. I ran my first season as a sprinter, and insisted on running the 100m specifically because it was the shortest race. We used to do 800m warm-ups, and a friend pointed out that I seemed to have "decent endurance." I don't remember where exactly the idea came from (I'm sure my two younger brothers that ran had something to do with it), but I decided to think about going out for cross country the next school year.

After track ended, I ran a cross country mile race with my youngest brother, JR. I finished in 7:58, much faster than I'd ever run in PE. 2 weeks later, we ran a road mile and I finished in 7:08. The following month, we ran our first 5K (picked solely because I thought the t-shirt looked cool) and I finished in 25:50. I was officially hooked on distance running! Cross country started in August, and the first few weeks were tough. But I had so much fun, and set new PRs at almost every meet. By the end of the season, I had dropped down to 23:25. My brothers ran for a local youth track club, and after my season ended I joined them in doing USATF/AAU meets.

Long story short, I ran the next 3 seasons of track as a distance runner (running the 4x800m, 800m, 1600m, and 3200m, although I pretty much dropped the 800s after my sophomore year), ran 2 more seasons of cross country, and ran with the track club in my off-season. 1996 was the highlight of my high school career. I had a decent track season, although my inability to go under 6 minutes in the 1600 meters was annoying (I ran 6:01 at the first meet of the season). That summer, I qualified for the USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships in the 1500m by running 5:31 at the region meet. (Too bad I ran poorly at nationals). Cross country that fall also went fairly well; I broke 21 for the first time on a hard, hilly course, and qualified for the State meet in the process. I ran both AAU and USATF youth nationals again, and ran my xc PR of 20:43 at the USATF meet.

Unfortunately, I made a big mistake with my training after cross country: I continued to train hard throughout the winter, which meant I hadn't really given myself any "down time" in over a year. As a result, I ended up with small, persistent injuries and a severe case of burn out. I had planned on running in college, but training the summer before college just dragged and I felt like I'd lost any ability to run fast. After the college 3K time trial where I ran 1:42 slower than I'd run on the track in April (and 2 minutes slower than I'd run on the roads in December) I knew I was done. Continuing to force myself to run was just making things worse, and I knew if I didn't quit I'd start really hating running.

I ran a little bit here and there as an undergrad. The summer between my junior and senior years, I ran fairly consistently through the summer, but that trickled down once I was back on campus and busy with school, clubs and work. I picked it back up again that spring, but wasn't too consistent until I was back home after graduation. My mom and I had joined a new gym, and one of the trainers there ran marathons. I'd always wanted to run a marathon, and after talking with the trainer, just kind of decided that now was as good a time as any. I jumped into a beginner's schedule I found on Runners World, and ran Chicago that fall (2001).

I ran my second marathon the following year, despite having taken 6 months off prior to training (and running semi-inconsistently for the 2 months following the marathon). I wouldn't recommend anyone doing that! I had planned on running either the Med-City Marathon or Twin Cities in 2003, but neither worked out. Apparently trying to finish school, move to Minnesota, and plan a wedding were not conducive to my training for a marathon.

And that about brings me up to the start of my blog; I think my activities over the last 2.5 years are fairly well covered in the archives.

Other stuff of interest:
My training log summary, where I post all my daily splits and weather stats. I'm in the process of getting all my high school logs up, which I find interesting to go through. I wish I'd kept a journal or something back then, because I don't remember why I planned some of the workouts that I did. I also wish I'd written down times for my runs (I know I ran my watch for every workout) since I think it'd be pretty neat to compare my paces.

My race history, where I list every race I've run (including placements/awards). As of June 10, I'm at 161 races; it's not that impressive when you take into account that I used to run 40+ races a year back in high school (track adds up fast).

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wow, mg, so much about your running history that i never knew!

welcome to the btt family!

Wow, talk about keeping track of things. I have no clue what I ran in high school and all that good stuff, and my logs are not as good as they could be...in fact I've lost my Grandma's log!! I'm looking for a good, easy place to put my training and race reports though!

Thanks for visiting and bookmarking!

That's the short version of my history... I could've gone on longer, but it's probably considered sad to write a ton about high school, right?

Dani, I don't know if you saw this, but ages ago I posted a link to a section of one of my high school logs (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v50/runner78/96log.jpg). My logs were a little on the OCD side; yellow was for runs by myself, pink was for running with the track/xc team, blue was racing.

I wasn't a particularly good athlete, but I certainly tried really hard.

shoot i had actually finally added your site #2 to bloglines just recently, heh. i added this one right away though so i won't forget!

Thanks for the add, Brent!

Great run! I was actually feeling that way about getting slower and feeling run over a couple of weeks ago. I think it is a hump in the training that just takes a while to get over (and it probably does have something to do with the heat too!).