If you came here for a blog about cupcakes– sorry, this isn’t the place. My parents called me Cupcake when I was little, and occasionally still do.
No, this blog will hopefully be about my evolution into a ‘runner’ and other exercise/health related topics. And beyond that, I’m hoping to make some new running buddies in DC’s vibrant running community.
Hence, my blog title!
You see, I used to run half-heartedly in college and for a couple of years afterwards. But I never really got into running- I wanted to, but ultimately it was only a means of keeping in shape. I never really challenged myself or improved at all- just the same three mile trek.
I gave up running in 2007 when I started law school part time. It was too much to work full time, attend class at night and get enough sleep. I figured I’d never go back to it, because I never really enjoyed running.
Then, at the beginning of last year, I started using the gym in my office building regularly. For whatever reason, it clicked and I started looking forward to exercising- I really stuck with it. At first it just consisted of using all the different machines at the gym except the treadmill. But one day, I decided to try a jog. And I knew it- I was going to start running again!
Over the summer of 2011, I had the unpleasant task of working and trying to study for the VA bar exam at the same time. I had to ramp down my exercising a bit, but I didn’t want to lose all the progress I made in getting into shape. So I kept up an abbreviated running regime most mornings, getting up scary early to do a quick 2.5 miles before heading into the office for a long day ahead. I’m convinced I wouldn’t have been able to pass the bar without running-it helped my concentration tremendously, and regulated my sleeping patterns, which was KEY to staying (somewhat) sane.
Once the bar was done, I realized that I needed a new goal. After 4.5 years of school and work- I had all this free time on my hands! And I knew that I wanted that goal to be running- I wanted to be a runner like so many people I see all around me here in Northern Virginia. I started training for and successfully ran in the inaugural Hot Chocolate 15K at National Harbor- an unfortunate choice for my first longer distance race, but still enjoyable enough to make me want to continue racing and improving my running performances.
So here I am, just sharing my new found love of running, and my strategies to achieve my ultimate goal- to hopefully be a lifetime runner. I hope you join me, and that you enjoy my blog!
(PS: Cupcakes may make an appearance or two. Especially chocolate peanut butter ones.)