My name is Hannah. I’m a 20-something distance runner, writer, editor at Runner’s World, aspiring (not so great, yet) yogi, and lover of all things ice cream. I’m a Massachusetts girl at heart, now by way of Pennsylvania. I started this blog in March 2012 after beginning a Couch-to-5K program to document “my journey to fit” and haven’t stopped running (or writing) since.
I started running in March 2012 because I needed a goal. I was about to graduate from college (University of Massachusetts Amherst!), the future was unclear and I just needed to focus on something other than my LinkedIn account, resume, and obsessively checking journalismjobs.com.
While I was relatively healthy, and went to kickboxing three or four times a week, I wanted more. So I decided to focus on a goal- to complete a 5-K following graduation. Well I ran that race and immediately registered for my first half-marathon in September 2012, seven months after I started running, and finished in 2:18:19. Four months later, I ran my second half-marathon and set a huge PR finishing in 2:02:22. After crossing that second half finish line, I decided to train for Big Sur International Marathon and finished in 4:33. And well, the rest is history.
At first I started this blog as a way to document my progress with the Couch-to-5K program. I thought, maybe the things I’m learning could help other people? If anything it would be an outlet to better develop my writing voice. Well, it caught on and before I knew it people were writing to me saying that I “inspire” them. Through blogging I’ve entered into the incredibly supportive world of the online running community. While people may see me as an inspiration, it’s the running community that truly inspires me. I am not an expert when it comes to running, the views and experiences I express here are solely my own, but I hope they can help others.
DISCLAIMER: I am not a USATF Certified running coach or personal trainer. These posts reflect my experience, what has worked for me and what hasn’t. Keep in mind, what might work for one person may not for someone else. Always consult a doctor before engaging in any new exercise regimen.