I’m a native Chicagoan and a late-comer to running. I couldn’t run more than a mile without stopping until 2005, when — despite my complete lack of athleticism– I decided I wanted to run a full marathon before I turned 25.
It was rough going, but (with a big assist from Team in Training) I finished. And since I’m a glutton for punishment, I kept at it. I’ve done one other full marathon, plus six half-marathons and several 10 and 5ks. I might not be fast, but I finish. Since moving to Atlanta in September 2010, I’ve been running with a great group called Team Awesome (http://www.team-awesome.org/) that keeps me on my toes and on my feet. I’m very excited to be doing my first AJC PRR, humidity and crowds be damned.
After four years in Athens at the University of Georgia and a three-plus year break, I recently returned to Atlanta to work for AJC.com. I’ve run off-and-on (never too fast), since I started running cross country in high school 11 years ago, completing around 10 AJC Peachtree Road Races and more than five but less than 10 Thanksgiving Half Marathons, generally with little training.
In the time away, spent working at the newspaper in Jackson, Tenn., I left behind neither the hills nor the humidity, but because of the tiny running community, I found much more success. It seemed that just about every race I ran, I left with a trophy or medal to add to my collection. Now back in Atlanta, that won’t be happening.
Call me weird now, but I can’t stand running with music (although my co-blogger will try to convince me to start). And I am excited to begin training in my new shoes, purchased to coincide with the start of my blogging.