Friday will mark the second anniversary of Running with Miles. I have had a great time writing posts and doing A LOT of research and searching to try and help my fellow runner travel. As we enter year three, I am going to start putting more of an effort into helping my fellow traveler run.
It was September of 2006 when I began to run for the first time (other than running one day in a month like I had tried before). I have had asthma since I was seven (one of my triggers is asthma) and had always had a problem running any distance at all. I would begin wheezing and had problems getting my breathing under control. However, the year before (August of 2005), a family friend ran 35 miles for his 50th birthday. When I was talking to him that night, I just couldn’t believe that I had knew someone who had run 35 miles. That was amazing!
That night, I made a commitment to one day run a marathon. I didn’t know how I would do that with my asthma but I knew I wanted to try. I let that goal slip a bit and really did not get on track until the following year. That was when I picked up this book, The Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer. This book was exactly what I needed to give me the push and specifics for my first marathon! I picked my marathon (it was actually 16 weeks, not 18, from when I started) and began the training. This book was fantastic! Because of it, I was able to run my first marathon!
Since 2007, I have run over 35 marathons or ultramarathons (distances over a marathon) – I have to put them all down someday because I can’t remember how many it was! I ran 7 marathons in my first year of running (not recommended!) and really got hooked! Since that time, I have had the privilege of helping many people with running and form training plans to help them run distances from the 5K to the marathon and beyond. I have also been certified as a Level 1 USATF coach so that I can help people more intelligently as well continuing my own learning.
That is all to say that I will begin writing more posts and pages for 2014 to help people start running! It is incredibly helpful to mind and body and I would like to see more people take it up! To help with that, I am having a special giveaway through Monday, December 23 at 11:59PM (EST). I will be giving one winner (as chosen by Random.org) the same book that helped me take on the marathon – The Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer.
Here are the rules:
- This Giveaway will run through Monday, December 23 at 11:59PM (EST)
- Readers can enter once per day
- Comments can be anything (as long as they do not contain vulgar or indecent language – keep it clean)
- Winner will be drawn randomly and announced on Tuesday, December 24th
- The final decision will be mine alone.