Prologue

So, I must say, I was very surprised by the level of interest in my running efforts. Thank you to everyone reading this for your continued support.

To start, I really need to begin with prefacing where I’m currently at.

To do that, I need to go back to 2015. This is when Jean decided to make the executive decision that we’re doing Savage Race. At the time, I was on a huge exercise kick, so I guess he felt that was a great time to throw me into a mud run.

This led to me training with 3.5 mile runs through Jerusalem. (Still my favorite running spot to date.)

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Jerusalem at 5am.

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My tired ass running at 5am.

I am very thankful that my professor for my graduate Israel trip is an avid runner and put together a group every morning. Otherwise I probably would have died during Savage Race.

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The worst picture of me I could find.

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BEER.

I’d like to point out how insanely swollen my fingers are in the above picture. Look at them. LOOK AT THEM.

After two Savage Races, my dear friend Jan saw I had started running and asked if I would want to do a Disney run with her. Her charity, Team FORCE, had race bibs they needed to sell, and would waive the fundraising for me if I opted to participate. After some thought, I decided to go for it. Naturally, me being me, I chose to do the challenge course (a 10k and half marathon) right out the gate without any training. Because I’m an idiot. Don’t be like me. Seriously. You’ll probably hurt yourself.

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Not pictured: My hip locking up at mile 6 during the Half.

I came to learn very quickly that once you run with Jan, you’re in it for life. (Love you!)

This trend then led to Tough Mudder.

I have to say, I have zero upper body strength to do mud runs. Like, none. Walls are my enemy.

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Beer: the best part of mud runs.

After this came a pretty consistent slew of Disney runs. As of right now, I have completed three half marathons, five 10k’s, and two 5k’s. All of them through Team FORCE. Most of them with training.

So, this now brings us to today. I just did two last minute runs for the Disney Marathon Weekend, and I have the full Princess weekend next month. In April, I will start my extensive training for my first FULL marathon next January.

For the rest of this blog, I’ll be sharing my running experience, tips and tricks I’ve learned over the past few years, and some motivational tidbits about food, fitness, and general nerdy interests. You’ll also definitely see shameless plugs for Jean’s podcast, Role Charisma.

Make sure to also follow on Instagram. That is where you’ll see my more regular posts for individual runs.

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