The Well-Read Runner
The Well-Read Runner is a weekly Sunday feature that began here when I started training for the Mystic Half Marathon on March 8, 2015. At first, I only planned to keep it until I finish the half marathon...and then, it stayed. For all my running and reading friends, this feature is for you!
My running history is...interesting. I hated running. Like, for a long time. My primary sport for most of childhood/adolescence was softball, and one day when he was making us run never-ending sprints, I told my coach that I played softball because you get to run 60 feet and then stop. Yeah, I hated running.
Then I went to college. I ate a lot of late-night chicken wings and drank a lot of cheap beer. I graduated heavier than when I started. I needed a way to get in shape that did not require a team sport (because let's face it, getting a softball team together when you're working 9-5 is not the easiest). So with more than a little disdain, I got on the treadmill at my local gym.
When I started in 2006, I couldn't run one mile without stopping midway through to huff and puff and walk for a bit. But I kept going. And after a while...I got better. Who would have thought? I stuck with it, and the following year, I tried my first 5K. I loved it.
And so it goes.
You can check out my weekly training recaps for the Mystic Half so far here:
And here's a list of my past races and race times (PR's in bold):
Freihofer's Run for Women 5K (Albany, NY) 32:47
Freihofer's Run for Women 5K (Albany, NY) 29:57
Boilermaker 15K (Utica, NY) 1:44:41
Run for the ROC 5K (Saratoga Springs, NY) 27:58
Freihofer's Run for Women 5K (Albany, NY) 29:58
Tri-City ValleyCats Home Run 5K (Troy, NY) 30:16
Run for the ROC 5K (Saratoga Springs, NY) 28:45
2011: no racing, had a baby!
Freihofer's Run for Women 5K (Albany, NY) 28:10
Dunkin' Run 10K (Albany, NY) 57:17
2013: no racing, had another baby!
Seneca Park Zoo Jungle Jog 5K (Rochester, NY) 28:25
Rochester Half Marathon (Rochester, NY) 2:21:12
East Avenue Grocery Run 5K (Rochester, NY) 27:02
Winter Warrior Half Marathon (Rochester, NY) ran 2 legs of a 5-leg relay, team time 2:00:42
Hearts of Iron 5K (Rushville, NY) 27:50 (3rd in age group)
GLCC Wavy Waters 10K (Geneva, NY) 55:55 (2nd in age group)
Mystic Half Marathon (Mystic, CT) 2:14:07
Shoreline 5K (Hamlin, NY) 27:18
Vino and the Beasts 5K Obstacle Run (Geneva, NY) 53:43
Summerfest 5K (Pittsford, NY) 26:24 (2nd in age group)
Monster Scramble 10K (Rochester, NY) 59:29
Winter Warrior Half Marathon (Rochester 4 Seasons Challenge #1) 2:05:11
Flower City Half Marathon (Rochester 4 Seasons Challenge #2) 2:05:09
Right to Run 19K (Seneca Falls, NY) 1:55:36
Shoreline Half Marathon (Rochester 4 Seasons Challenge #3) 2:16:14
Brindley Beach Lighthouse 5K (Corolla, NC) 27:27 (2nd in age group)
Rochester Half Marathon (Rochester 4 Seasons Challenge #4) 2:23:17
Spring Forward 15K (Pittsford, NY) 1:27:03