Monday, June 27, 2011

The Starting Line

A little background information to start out...

My name is Gretchen, and I'm a rising senior at Penn State University. From the time I was 9 years old until around 18, I was an extremely active and competitive runner. I ran cross country, indoor and outdoor track, and loved to do road races all over the city of Pittsburgh. When I was a junior in high school, I went through a few injuries, and basically quit caring about running (and fitness in general). I picked up the saxophone and joined my high school's marching band, and went on to be a part of the Penn State Marching Blue Band in college. This past year, I decided to sign up for the Pittsburgh Half-Marathon pretty much out of the blue to get myself to start running again. Although I didn't hit my target time of 2 hours, and finished around 2:08:00, I re-found my passion for running, and it's changed my life.

Now that we're all caught up, why am I writing a blog? I'm not a writer by any means (I'm in Information Technology) as it is probably evident; I'm hoping to share some of my training, maybe inspire some non-runners or old runners to pick up their sneakers and go for a jog, get some advice from people, document my training to help myself out, and actually hold myself accountable for my next goal: running the Pittsburgh Marathon on May 6, 2012.

This next year is going to change my life in more ways than one. I'll be graduating college (hopefully...), starting a full time job (again, hopefully...) and getting into the best shape of my life (last time..HOPEFULLY!). Follow along, get inspired, help me stay inspired, comment, love it, hate it, just KEEP RUNNING!

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