In October 2008, I decided to lace up some beat up tennis shoes and go for a jog. I made it almost a quarter of a mile before I had to stop, wheezing with my hands on my knees. Taking a hard, honest look at myself, I realized that in the four years since I had left college, I had added almost 20% to my body weight and lost any of the meager athletic ability I had possessed in my teens and early 20s.
Since I was living in Indianapolis at the time, I promised myself I was going to start training and run the Indianapolis 500 Festival Mini-Marathon the following May. The next few months were filled with some trail and error learning, but I made it to the starting line in May comparatively fit and finished my first half-marathon. I ran the Chicago Marathon in the fall as my first full marathon and haven’t looked back since.
I’ve went on to top three age-group finishes in 10Ks and half-marathons, as well as finishing a 50k trail race. In 2014, my focus is going to shift to longer trail races, including my first 100 mile race – the iconic Leadville 100.