Sunday, January 9, 2011

The start of something

So here I am...starting a running blog. Hi, I'm Jessica. I'm 31 years old and in the last year and a half I've lost 104 pounds. I had that "aha" moment when I saw a photo of myself at 255 pounds and was reduced to tears. Now, 18 months later I weigh 151 pounds and can call myself a runner. 2010 brought much success for me. I finally took control of my health and fitness and TRULY found a love for running. I started out slowly by running a handful of 5Ks and quickly decided I wanted a bigger challenge. I registered for the Team Ortho Monster Dash 10 Mile and started training. Over the summer I started to feel like I could handle a half marathon and started training for one. In August I completed my first Half Marathon in 2 hours, 14 minutes, and 21 seconds. I ran the whole thing. I closed out my 2010 racing season by running the Team Ortho Monster Dash 10 Mile race in 1 hour, 40 minutes, and 50 seconds.

I'm a wife and mother to 2 kiddos-- a son who just turned 6 yesterday and a daughter who will be 3 the end of this month. My husband is also a runner, so our training at the same time can make it interesting for both of us to get our mileage in. We are both very supportive of each other and that really helps. The hubs is planning to run a FULL 26.2 this year; I'll be cheering him on.

So why a blog? Well--I want to have somewhere to talk running--gear--race reports--training etc. I'm hoping that maybe along the way I can help someone feel like it's not too late to become a runner.

I've added a couple of widgets to the blog that show my upcoming races and my mileage logged.

Coming soon: A race report from Team Ortho's Polar Dash 5K which is how I rang in 2011 on New Years Day.

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Hi Jessica! I was just on DailyMile and noticed you are also a blogger. I also plan to run the Get Lucky in March. Maybe we could meet up after the race. :)

  2. I hadn't realized you'd lost *that* much weight! You are amazing, girl!