I’m a twenty something runner and mom livin’ it up in Southern Maine. I love french fries and ice cream. I have an obsession with hoodies and I would go to work in my sweatpants if I were allowed. I love to sing outloud in my car and pretend I am on American Idol. I love to travel and want to finish touring Europe. I'm spontaneous: once went from Maine to NYC on my day off from work and even had time to catch a broadway show while I was in town. I'm usually up for anything, just ask! Home Alone is my favorite movie and I watch it every Thanksgiving and countless more times before Christmas. I always wear a belt, I feel naked without one. Fenway Park is my favorite place, especially in October. I love coffee, but not enough to make it myself. I am extremely clumsy- it's a wonder I've never had a serious injury. I love March Madness and miss being able to watch college ball all day and check my brackets. Autism Awareness is my passion.
I haven’t always been a runner. In fact I hated running so much I decided to be a goalie on the high school and college soccer team so that I could limit the amount I needed to run. In the winter of 2009, I was in desperate need of an outlet and stress reliever. I got back into working out and decided to try running…shocker, it wasn’t so bad. I had never run more then 3 miles without crying and on that superbowl Sunday in February 2009 I ran 6 miles on the treadmill. I'm not fast, I don’t really know what I'm doing. But I love it and like Nike says “It’s cheaper then therapy”.
In my first year of running I ran a 5K, 4miler, 3 10Ks and a half marathon. Once I finished my half marathon I felt so good. Weeks of training paid off and I felt like I had a good, solid run…a run I never imagined myself being able to complete. As soon as I finished I knew I wanted to run another. Little did I know that it would be a while before I had that opportunity.
The day after I finished my half marathon my husband and I found out we were pregnant. I had planned to continue running as long as I could and didn’t want to use the “I’m pregnant” excuse for eating like crap and not working out. Unfortunately things didn’t go as planned. I was completely miserable during my 9 months of pregnancy for different reasons along the way. I was sick, uncomfortable, lost control of my body, was emotional and huge. Running and exercise was put on the back burner.
We were blessed with our beautiful Tyler on July 25, 2010 and we can’t imagine our life without him now.
While I was pregnant I had a lot of time to think about my goals and what I want from my running. I'm excited to live my new life with my family and get back to running. Through my blogs, you can follow my journey to these goals, Ty’s milestones and adventures, my training, races and my crazy life trying to balance being a mom, wife and a runner.
You can also follow our family adventure in visiting every Major League Baseball Park. When Ruddley and I got married we decided we wanted to spent the next 20 odd summers touring the US and seeing a game at each MLB Park. We are both huge baseball fans and thought that it would be a fun experience. I’m a Red Sox fan, he’s a Yankee’s fan…it's a big debate on what Ty will be.