The Running Journey

I embarked on this running journey just over 2 years ago and prior to that I never truly considered myself much of a runner. I ran track briefly in high school and then through college would go on the occasional run, but that was it! Then my cousin asked if I wanted to run a half marathon with her. At the time it was an intimidating notion to run for 13.1 miles straight! I had no idea how I was going to do it!

 

I found a training plan online and just started running. It was a disorganized training regime (if you can even call it a training regime); I ran when I felt like it and if I felt like running farther I would. I had little knowledge of proper fitting shoes, running form, speed work, how to fuel with gel or anything else running related.

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As my training progressed I became more disciplined. I did a lot of research online about methods of training, I consulted with a track coach who taught me how to incorporate speed work into my runs. During training I began to develop piriformis syndrome. At the time I attributed it to muscle imbalances and then began to search for various cross training methods. I decided the cycling looked like it was for me so I bought a bike. This bike took me from just running and submerged me into the world of triathlons. I did my first triathlon May 2016.

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It only took me my first triathlon to realize that I needed more. And like a true addict I pursued the high and completed a 70.3 ironman in August 2016. In September 2016 I started NP school, which has been keeping me busy. I still manage to run, but I am not able to fit in as many training miles as I once could. Despite the challenges I ran a half marathon this past June. I continue to persevere, push forward and pursue my goals.

Fly on friends!

-Erika

 

 

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