About the Crazy Hamster

After having my blog now for several years, and now moving it to it’s new home, I figured that it was time for me to sit down and write my “About me” post…

What started out as in 5k with my son about 7 years ago, has evolved into something much more.

If, 10 years ago, someone would have told me that I would become a runner, I would have told them that they were crazy.  I couldn’t even run a mile without feeling like I was dying.  Don’t get me wrong, at that time in my life, I THOUGHT I was in shape, had lost quite a bit of weight through walking and healthier eating, but running was not something that I even thought about.

I slowly started running a few more 5k’s and eventually decided to sign up for the Bellin 10k.  I finished that race and thought I was going to die!  Granted it was a warm June morning and I actually walked more than I ran, but I finished.  But I had caught the bug!

In 2010, I completed my 1st half marathon!  I signed up to walk the Fox Cities Half Marathon with a friend.  It was at that point that I realized that after a few miles, I wanted to run!  Yes, walking is a good thing, but after about 7 miles, we actually wanted to run so that we could stretch out some other muscles.  We finished that day in 3:12.  We were pleased with our results for the day, and I learned so much about myself and what the body could do, when you ask it to!  It was the start of something new… something strange but exciting.  I wanted more!

Since that day in 2010, I have completed over 40 5k’s, 12  10k’s, 28 Half Marathons, a few other odd distance runs (8 miles, 15k, 17k…) and this year I completed my first Ultra Marathon.  Although I have not quite hit that 50k mark (my Ultra was just shy of 50k), that is my next goal!

Over the years, I have learned A LOT about running, nutrition, myself and so much more.  Each day is a new adventure and I am determined to make the most out of every day that I have been given.  Along the way I have met some amazing people, had the opportunity to travel to some amazing places and have no intention in slowing down or stopping anytime soon!

Through all of training and adventures, I have also learned that nutrition plays a huge roll in your performance along the way.  And it’s not just on race day!  You need to be properly fueled to train, but also to just get through every day life!  I am always looking for ways to fuel myself better, not only for the countless activities that I find myself involved in, but also in life! After struggling with my own nutrition and wellness for so many years, I have decided to move forward and use that knowledge to help others.  I am currently working on earning my certification as a Health Coach and look forward to working with individuals and families to help them live long, happy  healthy lives.

Come along on the journey!  Together we can become the best versions of ourselves that we can be!  It won’t happen overnight, but it WILL happen!