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Who’s that girl?

Hi! I’m Stacie. I’m a 30-year-old gal living and working in the Washington, DC area. This blog chronicles my journey to a half marathon.

How’d you get here? In the spirit of full mostly-full disclosure, I wasn’t always a runner. In fact, it’s weird to call/think of myself as a runner. It wasn’t too many years ago that my catchphrase was “I only run if a bear or tennis ball is chasing me.” How things have changed! I am proof that you can go from struggling through jogging 30 seconds at a time to running a 15K or 10-mile race.

My racing history is below (in all its short, gory detail), but I’d like to take a hot minute to explain how I got to December 2011 and blogging about training for a race. In June 2011, 6 months before I turned 30, I’d recently returned from a killer road trip out West, where my only regret was not being in better shape to enjoy the hiking. I love to hike, camp, and generally be outdoors, and my fitness level was precluding those activities. Cue a friend’s wedding in July for which I struggled to find a dress that fit. I wasn’t quite the heaviest I’d ever been (oh, hello, January 2011!), but I was close. And I felt pretty miserable.

I decided I wanted my 30s to be better than my 20s, perhaps even look hotter (race-y-er?) at 30 than I did 20. Long story short: I registered for a 15K (the absolutely terribly-organized Hot Chocolate 15K) and joined Weight Watchers. I turned 30 at the beginning of December, feeling awesome and enjoying…well, a lifestyle change. Reconsidering food and what it takes to satisfy hunger and keep me nutritionally balanced has been a change, but a great one. I am surrounded by incredibly encouraging friends and family.

I’d say that most of my shrinking waistline is a result of dietary changes, but my overall improving mood, energy, and attitude is more a result of increased fitness. Which brings me to…racing!

Army Ten Miler 2010

Truly my first "I can't believe I just DID that race!": The 2010 Army Ten Miler, which I ran with my Dad. I'm the redhead in the foxy running skirt.

What are you training for? I’m training for my first half marathon, the Rock ‘n Roll USA Half Marathon on March 17, 2012.

Raced before?  Yep, and thanks to Athlinks, I dug up my short, not-so-sweet racing history.

July 2005 – I can’t find my time, race date, or other pertinent details, but my first race was  the Battleship 5K in Wilmington, NC. To prepare, I did the Couch-to-5K program. It’s great, and I’d highly, highly recommend it. You’ll be running before you know it!

September 30, 2007 – Women of Freedom Foundation Run for Freedom 5K, East Potomac Park, Washington, DC. Time: 43:02. Pace: 13:51.

March 30, 2008 – Scope It Out 5K, Washington, DC. Time: 39:57. Pace: 12:51.

December 14, 2008 – Jingle All the Way 10K, East Potomac Park, Washington, DC. Time: 1:27:41. Pace: 14:06.

October 24, 2010 – Army Ten Miler, Downtown, Washington, DC. Time: 2:07:40. Pace: 12:46.

Hot Chocolate 15K 2011

Looking MUCH better a little over a year later at the Hot Chocolate 15K. I'm the one in the middle in pink.

December 3, 2011 – Hot Chocolate 15K, National Harbor, Oxon Hill, MD. Time: 1:42:54. Pace: 11:02. (Quick and dirty on how I shaved 1:44 off of my race pace: I lost 25 pounds between July and December 2011 and stuck pretty diligently to Hal Higdon’s training schedule.)

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