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 executive 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 absolutely loved the feeling of accomplishment I had when I crossed the finish line. 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. I found myself getting excited over running accomplishments.
In February 2012 I signed up for my first marathon, the Chicago Marathon. After a crazy 4 months of training, I crossed my first 26.2 finish line in October 2012 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!
On April 15, 2013 I ran the Boston Marathon. I had crossed the finish line and was about a block away in the Family Reunion Area with Aaron when we heard the bombs go off at 2:50 pm. I don’t think I could ever forget what it felt like to be there that day, but I have been overwhelmed with the resiliency of Boston and the running community. Boston Strong.
For me, long distance running was a quick addiction, and it has become an enjoyable lifestyle that I am lucky to share with my husband.
Problem is, I really like food of the “unclean” variety, especially french fries, cheeseburgers, pizza, cookies, and breakfast burritos. I have yet to run a race without including beer as part of carb loading. 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!