But first, I feel like I should introduce myself to any new followers -- and you tried-and-true followers will probably find some surprises in this post, as well! Let's take a trip in the wayback machine, back to my childhood in southeastern Wisconsin, where rooting for the Green Bay Packers was as common as breathing. Settle in while I summarize my athletic accomplishments prior to 2013:
|Watching out for measure splits, not mile splits.|
My early 30's were a blur of pregnancy and motherhood in the Chicago suburbs, working a full-time job and trying to remain upright due to sleep deprivation. There was also a period of depression and anxiety while I was pregnant with my second child. I should have been running during this period, but I wasn't.
|I did make a pilgrimage with my Dad to Lambeau Field in 2007, in honor of Brett Favre's final season as a Packer. I look forward to my return trip for the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon!|
|One of the Mother's Day photos that sparked a running journey.|
And then my treadmill broke. Cue the panic! I didn't want to let my newfound fitness slip away, so I knew I had to do something. I had seen people post on Facebook using MapMyRun, so I downloaded that app onto my phone, scrounged up a pair of headphones and hit up my neighborhood trail. Down in my basement, I wasn't sure how far I was running, since my old treadmill did not reliably keep track of those things. But on the trail that spring day, I did 5 miles and felt like I could have done more. Lo and behold, another switch was flipped.
|My Facebook status update from May 5, 2013.|
|Finishing the 2013 Chicago Half Marathon -- one of the top five proudest moments of my life.|
|Photos from my 2014 year in running.|