Back when I began my running journey during the Summer of 2010, I had no idea where it would take me. I truly just started running as a way to get more exercise. I had turned 40, and didn’t want to let my body go. Running quickly became my “go to” form of exercise.
It wasn’t like I had laced up to run for the first time in 2010, I had run a few races dating back to 1995, but 2010 is when I really fell in love with the sport. I turned a mild affection for this form of exercise into a real passion. I started racing again in 2011, starting slowly. In April that year I ran a 5k with my sons. I finished 1st in my age group. I caught the bug! Two months later, and two races later, I set my 5k PR which still stands at 20:44.
For some reason, I yearned for more distance. Two weeks later I ran my first 8k. In July I found a 10k down at the beach, and made a weekend out of it. Wow, this distance thing is fun! Soon enough my brother convinced me to try a Half Marathon. I trained for the next eight weeks, and in late September that same year, I ran a 1:41:38 in Jersey City, NJ. Maybe views of the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan across the river inspired my run. Loving this!
I wanted to run more halves! I found another, on Thanksgiving Day. And since I was going to be in Las Vegas a few weeks later, I decided to run Rock ‘n’ Roll, as well. So, with a 1:35:33 at the Skinny Turkey Half, and a 1:43:23 in Las Vegas 10 days later, I was hooked.
I also became a Half Fanatic, 3 in 90 days. Three different states, too! My official # is 1699.
The distance bug returned during the next few weeks. Could I possibly take the next step and attempt a full marathon? I decided to try. I trained the next eight weeks, and with a trip to Myrtle Beach, notched my first marathon finish on February 18th, 2012. I loved it! I ran two more marathons before the end of 2012.
I continued running halves, but also started seeking out more marathons. I ran 9 Halves and 5 Full’s in 2013, including my last two races of the year being two Full’s two weeks apart. I wanted more….
2014 brought five marathons in the first five months, overall 8 for the year, including Chicago and Greensboro just six days apart!
I decided to finally make it official this week, even though I qualified last year. My official number is #11142.
So yes, with my MM status, I instantly become a double agent. A member of both clubs.
I can tell you a few things. I never started this running journey with any expectations in mind. I’ve just fallen in love with how running makes me feel. I never set out to become a member of either of these clubs, but because I love running and racing so much, it just happened. I guess they are a part of my running resume now. Looking at my races, I guess I really can be considered fanatical, and now even maniacal about running.
Maniacal – 1. Affected with or suggestive of madness. 2. Characterized by ungovernable excitement or frenzy.
I am kinda mad about running!