In November of 2009, we became “The Lavenders.”
Well, Aaron was already a Lavender, and after several trips to various government agencies, I was too!
As luck would have it, I married a personal trainer turned gym manager with three Ironman triathlons under his belt and some impressive race times. At that point, I was the exact opposite of anything resembling someone who worked out…ever.
And then something really weird happened.
It started with a 5-k in April 2011. It was my second, but I didn’t do half bad. It was followed by a 10-k in May. In June, I signed up for my first half marathon. In November, after two half marathons, I realized that… I had become a runner. Suddenly, all I could talk or think about was running and which race I wanted to do next. Shopping trips to Anthropologie got replaced with shopping trips to Lululemon. I found myself getting excited over running accomplishments.
In February 2012 I signed up for the Chicago Marathon and after a crazy 4 months of training, crossed my first 26.2 finish line in October with a Boston Qualifying time. That was my proudest life moment thus far, and also the most humbling. And I still can’t believe that I am officially a marathoner!
For me, running became a quick addiction.
Problem is, I really like food of the “unclean” variety, especially french fries, cheeseburgers, pizza, cookies, and breakfast burritos. I would still rather drink a glass of wine (or a beer, or a margarita, or a mojito) at sunset than go for a run at sunset. And I probably take too many rest days for my own good.
Basically, I LOVE running, but I don’t take my runnerhood very seriously.
Things I do take seriously:
Aaron (devoted and amazing husband),
Giuseppe (puppy extraordinaire),
Exploring, wandering venturing eating, drinking, laughing playing, dancing, learning, having good conversation with complete strangers, and putting myself out of my comfort zone.
Welcome to my blog!