My name is Terri. Before I started this blog, the longest distance I’d ever run was 7.1 miles, and on a treadmill. In October 2008, I ran a full marathon – Portland, ME marathon as part of Team in Training. I’m not so sure I’d do another full marathon due to the time commitment the training takes. Also, I really love the 5K, 5 Mile, and 10K distances. They clearly are the distances at which I feel strongest. I’ve also run a 15K race, and about 4 half-marathons. I am toying with the idea of doing a few halves again this year.
Dork alert: I earn a paycheck as a Foreign, Comparative and International Law Librarian at a very large academic law library. In my off time, I’ve dabbled with trying to write a novel, but am taking a bit of a breather from that pursuit for the time being. That’s because now I’m getting into rock climbing!
My life has seen a lot of changes over the past 8 months, and while it’s been difficult at times, I think in the long run, it’s all for the better. As I said to a friend the other day, this is the most confident I’ve felt about myself in a long time, and I definitely feel more self-aware. Overall, I’m usually pretty happy with my life. I try to not let myself get hurt by others, but I also realize that feeling things is a part of living. I let myself go through the motions for too long in my life. Pain, good or bad, lets you know you’re alive. It’s how you deal with the good and bad times that helps you to define yourself.
A few years ago, I think I was somewhat addicted to running. When someone would ask me to get together, I’d become stressed or anxious fearing that I’d not be able to get my run in for that day, and I’d find myself making some excuses as to why I couldn’t meet up with them. So, now, I find I’ve turned into a very-early-morning runner. I like the fact that by 7 a.m., I’ve already run at least 4-5 miles. Even if I end up having a bad day, no one can take that time away from me. I find that running has changed my outlook and helped me to stay positive.
This blog is my way of staying honest with my running plans, as well as having many “virtual running partners.” It helps me to stay motivated and put in the work. I may occasionally veer off of the topic of running – I hope you don’t mind. But, you might be amazed what kind of tangential items I can somehow relate to running.
Oh, and a recent thought that has started to take shape in my mind…I am considering going through the RCRA certification program. Don’t know that I will ever use it to get paid (wouldn’t that be nice?) but I think I could learn a lot from it, and maybe it can help me mentor newer runners. My brother has finally been able to join together his love of running and his means of getting a paycheck, and he seems pretty happy with it. I aspire to be like him!
One of the regular writers for Running Times wrote that running is the lens through which she looks at the world – that is very quickly becoming the case for me. I’m no longer obsessed with it. I do feel it’s important to have balance, and I like the positive outlook and friends it’s helped me to acquire along the way.