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Six weeks after my second baby was born, I found out that all five feet of me weighed almost 170 pounds. I joined Weight Watchers and started walking to lose weight. Six months after joining WW, I had reached my goal weight of 125 pounds. A year later, without really trying, I had also become a runner and lost another 15 pounds.

I ran my first 5k on December 1, 2007, my first 10k two weeks later, and my first half marathon on February 17 of the following year. I ran my first 26.2 in March of 2009, meeting my goal by coming in at 4:30:04 in pouring rain and driving winds and, naturally, undone by tears. In 2010, I ran my first multi-day event, running a 15k and 5k on Saturday and a half marathon Sunday, and upped the ante in 2011 by running four events in one weekend by adding an 8k race to Sunday’s repertoire. In the fall of 2011 and spring of 2012 I undertook the challenge of running six half marathons in six months, but by the end of that season I had grown tired of chasing personal bests with increasingly higher mileage, and changed my running. That year, I trained for my second marathon by reducing my mileage drastically, and achieved success by running the 2013 Tallahassee Marathon in 4:06:41.

My home team is extremely supportive. My husband, the Boss, was a fairly competitive tennis player before an MS diagnosis; he has difficulty seeing the ball well now. He still plays, but not to his pre-MS level. He is a project manager for a large utility company, and I have become a stay-at-home mother to our two children, whom I started homeschooling in the fall of 2013. Our daughter, the Girl, was born in October of 2003. Our son, creatively nicknamed the Boy, is much more active than his older sister, and was born by repeat c-section in November 2005. Both of their names have been concealed to protect them, though they are far from not guilty.

Today, I define myself as a teacher, wife, mother, runner, and Christ follower. My goal is to prepare for and run my own race as wisely and as well as I can, with the goal of hearing, “Well done, good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:21, 23).

10 Comments leave one →
  1. run4change permalink
    January 14, 2009 11:21 pm

    Man, I just love that Jesus is in your heart and blog. He changed my life and without Him I would most certainly 100% without a doubt be dead. He brought me bakc. I lost 130 on WW and started running. I have now finished 7 marathons and 4 ultra marathons up to a 50 miler. Thanks for your encouraging posts.

  2. whisfam4 permalink
    January 27, 2009 1:48 am

    Hi, I found you from a link on run4change’s blog and here is on this page. Ha ha. Anyway liked your blog before I realized you were a believer and now I like it even more after I read this page. =) I just started running last year and really like it. I liked your blog because it has a lot of good info and good links too. I’ve just been running but know nothing really about training/fueling and such BUT then again the farthest I’ve run is only 4.1 and that was just 2 days ago. But always looking for places to learn more. Anyways I look forward to reading more.



  3. the Zookeeper permalink*
    January 27, 2009 1:06 pm

    I’m glad you stopped by and happy you’re finding my ramblings useful! I find in running such a great parallel to my spiritual life, though a training schedule is far easier to come by for a measured distance somehow . . . but I’m learning to hold myself to measured goals in spiritual disciplines, too. To quote you well, onward! Thanks for the encouragement to keep recording the journey.

  4. March 5, 2010 5:26 am

    So glad to find another christian mother running and dealing with weight loss! Looking forward to reading more.


  5. the Ringmaster permalink*
    March 5, 2010 7:54 am

    Thanks, Rebecca. I agree–finding other women who are where you’re at is a huge help! Glad you stopped by!

  6. Karen permalink
    May 26, 2010 8:27 pm

    I just found your blog when I was searching online to see how fast I needed to run in order to finish a 10K in one hour. What a great blog!…you are an inspriation! I am also a teacher, mother to two, wife, daughter and Christ follower. I look forward to reading your posts. Oh, just completed my first half marathon a week ago in WI! Happy running! Karen

  7. the Ringmaster permalink*
    May 27, 2010 4:52 pm

    I’m glad you found me, Karen, and I hope you’ll stick around and share your own story and training with me. Us teachers-moms-wives-Christians must stick together! What’s next for you after your first half? Congrats on the milestone; I hope it was everything you’d hoped for.

  8. Karen permalink
    May 29, 2010 7:52 am

    I’m going to do a 10K in two weeks. I hope to run it in just under an hour, but I worry I’ll burn out if I start too fast. I just signed up my 5 year old for the kids’ run the night before. He’s excited!! Me too 🙂

  9. the Ringmaster permalink*
    May 29, 2010 11:52 am

    I hope y’all have a great time. I had the same goal for my first 10k, and then did exactly the wrong thing and went out way too fast–and was walking by mile 2. Thanks to some encouragement on the route, I did squeak in a sub-60-minute time, but it looked real shaky for a while there! Remember to keep your head about you and let me know how the race goes.

    I’m glad you’re going to get to run with your little guy. It’s really special to share the sport with our kids–something we can look forward to doing more often as they get older. Happy race to you both!


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