Lil’ old me

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.

My Journey

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.

Why Blog?

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.

 

12 thoughts on “Lil’ old me

  1. Congrats on the Runner’s World position. That is so exciting! I’ve been nominated for Liebster Award and wanted to pay it forward by nominating your blog for one too!

    The Rules:
    1. Each person must post 11 things about themselves.
    2. Answer the 11 questions the person giving the award has set for you.
    3. Create 11 questions for the people you will be giving the award to.
    4. Choose 11 people to award and send them a link to your post. Go to their page and tell them.
    5. No tag backs.

    Happy blogging!
    http://mypursuitofhappinessandskinnyjeans.wordpress.com/2012/10/06/ive-been-nominated-for-a-liebster-award/

  2. Hey there Hannah :)

    Fantastic blog you’ve got here!
    It makes me so happy when I read about others being so passionate about running,
    I can totally relate.

    I’m relatively new to running, and did my first race (Nike She Runs) last May. It was the most amazing sense of achievement, and I was hooked from then on!
    Next goal is a half marathon, can’t wait :)

    Can’t wait to follow your blog and pick up some awesome running tips!

    Kloe x

    • Thank you so much Khloe! Congrats on you’re first race and you’re totally going to nail that half-marathon! Happy running :)

  3. I just discovered your blog and I’m really enjoying it! I just became a runner last summer and still haven’t worked past a 5K- although I am planning on my first 5 miler this summer and hopefully first 1/2 next spring- thanks for being the inspiration that you can go from zero to long distance! I look forward to following your accomplishments!

  4. I just found your blog and it’s great to read, really inspiring :) The Big Sur looks amazing, well done on completing the marathon! I’m quite jealous of the marathons you guys have in the States! I’m yet to do my first Half, hopefully in September this year!

  5. Hannah,
    Just discovered your blog and am in love with it. I’ve been running since high school (I’m a senior at Christopher Newport University now) and have been writing since I can remember, and I love your duality of writing and running. Congrats on the editor position at Runners World (my dream job!) It would be great to hear more about how your work with Runners World influences your training. Good luck at all your races while in training, and I look forward to all your posts :)

  6. Where in Pennsylvania are you located?! That’s my home state :) Also wanted to let you know that I am nominating you for the Liebster Award (more info and post to come–I will post it back here). I love your blog–the other day when I was running I was thinking about the best piece of running advice you ever received–you ARE that fast! Thanks for the motivation : )

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