I took a look in the mirror in 2009 and decided it was time to do something. So I started running. It’s something I’ve always gravitated toward. I started slowly, running for one minute and walking for one minute, alternately. I got myself a sports watch and ran a sort of time trial — five kilometer long efforts, separated by two minute rests, if I recall correctly. It was brutal and I felt quite destroyed by the effort. A few months later I ran a 5k and enjoyed the experience. I’ve run a couple 10k’s and two half marathons since, and plan to run more half marathons and a 5k in the near future. This blog is a way to hold myself accountable.
In my professional life, I’m a clinical psychologist. You can read all about that at Pasadena Therapist. (There’s not much about running, though.)
For those that will want to quantify and put into context, here are my race times. This year (2012) was a confounding one, thus far. I had to cancel a half marathon due to a schedule conflict, reschedule to a (less desirable) race, and then cancel again due to illness. Crazy making, especially the first time around.
2014. Half Marathon. 1:32:34 (PR)
2013. Half Marathon. 1:34:43
2013. Half Marathon. 1:32:54
2013. 5k. 20:11 (PR)
2011. Half Marathon. 1:43:15
2010. Half Marathon. 1:54:13
2010. 10k. 47:46
2010. 10k. 49:52
2009. 5k. 24:12
Vague running goals at the moment. Just run a 5k really soon. Also, run a marathon in 3:30. Run a half-marathon in 1:30. I think the half marathon is the tougher goal, which underscores the vague part.