My name is Tiffany, and I’m a lot of things. I’m a wife, a mother, a musician, an arts administrator, a daughter, a friend… lots of things. In 2014, I became a runner, too.
I started running as an outlet to have a little bit of “me” time. I also started running at a BIG race (the inaugural Enchanted 10K during Disney’s Princess Half Marathon weekend in 2014). It was there that I made two huge discoveries:
- I love racing… as in, everything about it. I love the energy, and looking at other runners’ outfits and gear, and getting race swag and medals.
- Racing without training sucks. I mean, you can do it. I did it twice in 2014, and I crossed the finish line both times. It wasn’t pretty, though, and I felt like shipoopy for days afterwards.
As I ventured further into my running journey, I realized that I wanted to continue to race, and do it well. That meant becoming a runner. I started training for my first half marathon in June and crossed the finish line of the Hershey Half Marathon feeling strong and accomplished on October 19, 2014. The crazy that you see in the eyes of every runner had officially sunk in by that time, and it was settled– I am a runner.
Having started this journey almost a year ago, supported by the words of lots of other awesome people in the running community through blogs and social media, I decided to officially jump off the cliff and start my own corner of the internet to talk about all things related to running and the rest of my life. I feel (and hope) that I have a new and fresh perspective to offer, and am sure that my husband will appreciate me having another outlet to talk about my obsession.
Since my first post will be published on the first day of 2015, I thought it apropos to walk through my goals for the year. I’ve never been big on resolutions, but I can set a goal and see it through to completion. I’m not entirely sure what the distinction is, or why I have such a mental block with the word “resolution,” but we’re going to roll with it. So… here we go!
- Complete the Glass Slipper Challenge– in the upright position! This race weekend will mark my one year run-aversary. I was supposed to run the Princess Half last year, but didn’t train and wound up running the Enchanted 10K instead. Now that I’ve completed a half marathon training cycle and have figured out what works for me, I want to complete this challenge strong to celebrate a year of running.
- Get my nutrition in check. Like so many of you, I have struggled with some degree of food addiction in the past. I’ve been tracking my calories with the Lose It! app since August to get a mental handle over what I’m putting into my body. It’s been eye opening, and has even helped me to lose close to 20 pounds, but it doesn’t always mean that I make the best choices for the athlete I’ve become. 2015 is about letting my kitchen reflect the work I’ve been putting into the pavement and at the gym.
- Run a big hometown race. Since I started running, I’ve been traveling out of town to run races. Annapolis, Orlando, Hershey… but not much of significance in Baltimore. I would like to run at least once big half marathon in Baltimore in 2015 with the women I train with on the regular.
- Find a work/life/run balance. Running saved me from a lot of things, and one of them was workaholism. It also basically created a whole new dynamic in our household, with me going to sleep early to wake up at the crack of dawn to train. This has not been the easiest at home given that my husband and I are both musicians with a young child. Now that I’ve gotten a few things figured out in this whole fitness journey, I need to figure out how to be able to keep up with my running activities while still being a good wife/mother/employee, etc.
- Have. More. Fun. I can get tunnel vision when I’m focused on a goal. I need to remember that life is meant to be enjoyed, and even when my eye is on the prize, every moment is worth being celebrated.
Well, that’s it! I know that this post was a little on the long side, but it was bound to happen with my first one. I look forward to getting to know any of you that may find your way to my little corner of the internet.
What are your 2015 goals? Do you hate the word “resolution” as much as I do?