I initially started this blog in January 2012 to document my training and my journey towards completing my first half marathon. You can read my first post that started it all here.
Let me preface this whole thing by saying that I am NOT a natural born runner. Running is never something I enjoyed -- I mean I played volleyball in high school; side to side shuffles was about as active as this girl got. I was content being the sometimes active, most of the time chubby, funny girl. Who needs to run when you've got personality right?
Well, after gaining and losing the "freshman 15" throughout college and beyond (hello "corporate America 15"), my random stints at the gym were getting real old and real boring and never actually lasted. About a year ago, a friend challenged me to start running.....and so began my running journey.
I signed up for a 5k "learn to run" class and bought my first pair of running shoes. I ran my first 5k in November 2011 and was amazed that in ten weeks I had gone from not being able to run 3 minutes to running 3 miles. Shockingly, I was enjoying it! I kept running throughout the winter and jumped right into half marathon training in January.
After a roller coaster ride of adventures in training, I completed my first half marathon on April 29, 2012. To say I was on a runner's high would be an understatement. It was one of the best experiences I've ever had.
After the half marathon, I kept up my running, started getting involved in the local running community, and also started to pick up biking. I bought my first ever road bike in May 2012 and it's been a love affair ever since. I've done some duathlons and even completed my first marathon in May of 2013. To say that my lifestyle has changed over the past year would be an understatement -- binge eating and partying and couch potato-ness has given way to running and biking and all things active. Don't get me wrong, I'm all about "refueling" with pizza and beer every once in a while (ok maybe more than "once in a while"), but I've finally learned how to balance it in a (mostly) healthy way.
Molly's Miles is my way of documenting my training/wannabe-training/random activities and mishaps that have become such an integral part of my life. While I'll be sure to provide you with a lot of sarcasm, a lot of laughs and probably some eye rolls, my hope is to provide a spark of inspiration to encourage everyone to embrace their inner runner and inner athlete and above all - embrace life, one mile at a time!