About Me



Some basics:
  • Tracy
  • INFJ
  • engineer
  • former couch potato-turned-endurance athlete (7 years and counting)
  • music lover
  • Virginia Tech Hokie
  • Oxford comma user
  • beach girl
  • married to my BFF
  • semi-professional dog petter
  • finding myself one mile at a time

Some details:

In the spring of 2011 I had checked off a slew of life goals by the age of 23 (graduated from college, get my Masters, start my career, get married, buy a car, buy a house...) and found my Type-A self in need of a new goal to work toward. I grew up athletic-ish - I played street hockey with the boys in my neighboorhood, I played rec league softball and basketball - but I had never been a runner and had no interest in ever being one. I had asthma, running looked super boring, so just...no thanks.

My dad had caught the running bug a few years back and had started participating in local races from 5k to half marathons. After a couple years of hearing about his training and his races, it finally dawned on me - if my 50-year-old dad could do this, maybe I could too? Despite never really wanting to be a runner (which wouldn't have mattered anyway since I was convinced my asthma made it a non-starter), it felt like the kind of challenge I needed in my life at the time. Something to work toward, something to prove to myself that I could do despite the seeminly insurmountable odds.

And so it began. In April 2011 I bookmarked the Couch 2 5k site (this was back before there was even an app - we just had to look at the site before each run and use our iPhone timer to keep track of intervals) and convinced my husband to do it with me, since there was zero chance I was going to go out and attempt to run for the first time since the 9th grade all by myself.

I remember calling my dad the first time I ran for TEN minutes straight - almost ran a mile! It took us 3 months to complete what was supposed to be a 9-week program, and even longer to get to where we (mainly me...my husband is 6'2", looks like he could be on the cover of a running magazine, and could run circles around me despite the fact that he runs about 5% as much as I do) could cover 3 miles in the 30 minutes the program ends with. 

I ran/walked my first 5k in May 2011 and ran an entire 5k without stopping for the first time in October 2011. And the rest, as they say, is history. In the 7 years since those first 5ks I've crossed almost 100 more finish lines, in every distance from 5k to marathon. I added triathlete to my resume in 2013 and finished my first full Ironman in October 2017. My husband stopped running with me long ago, but I still run races with my dad (including Ironman!).

A lot has happened in the 7 years I've been running:
  • went vegetarian (August 2011)
  • got a dog (August 2012)
  • quit my teaching job and went back to school for engineering (June 2013)
  • started this blog while training for my first marathon (December 2013)
  • transferred schools and moved across the state (July 2014)
  • graduated with my engineering degree and moved to D.C. (May 2016)
  • turned 30 (October 2017)
  • moved back to Virginia Beach (April 2018) 
  • went vegan (July 2018)

Running has been the one constant through the ups and downs, the chaos and the calm. I'm currently training for my 7th marathon, the Richmond Marathon (November 10, 2018)!

2 comments :

  1. Hey girl! So glad you commented so I could find your blog. I'm also a former teacher. 1 teaching license, 2 degrees, and 3.5 years of teaching. I got pink-slipped and never returned. It's good to know I'm not alone! :)

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  2. So nice to meet you, Tracy! I just discovered your blog and I'm absolutely loving it so far!

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