Where to begin.
I grew up as a fairly un-athletic kid, minus a two year stint on the modified volleyball team. Running the mile each year in gym was the rarest form of torture and I spent the entire semester dreading it. I went to college, drank a lot, graduated from college, still drank a lot. And then one day I decided to hop onto a treadmill at the gym.
From there, running began to slowly take over. Unhealthy habits gradually replaced by longer runs, tempos, intervals. Very gradually.
I started participating in a few local races and eventually it lit some sort of competitive fire that I really had no idea existed.
I educated myself about the sport to the best of my ability and made several attempts at “better” training but found myself stuck for quite a few years. In early 2016, I decided it was time to truly get serious about training and I hired a coach, changed my relationship with alcohol/going out, and very drastically changed the way that I ate. It resulted in significant PRs in all major distances (including a 17 minute marathon PR and an almost-6-minute half marathon PR (set in a workout)).
More importantly, it made me realize that re-prioritizing my life was the single best thing I have ever done for myself. I’m not entirely sure where running will take me over the next few years, but I’m excited to find out.