About Me

Thanks for stopping by! A little background about me.

I was never a runner. Okay, maybe a tried to be. As a kid (grade school/middle school) I played basketball, tried softball but was terrified of my teeth getting knocked out so that lasted one year, and played volleyball for two years. In high school, my sports options were limited (you had to play both volleyball and basketball and I wasn’t good enough at volleyball).  Some friends were going to run cross country.  I figured I should too.  That was pretty funny.  I can remember walking most of the races because of my asthma.  I decided I wasn’t cut out for it and stuck to leadership roles.

The same went on for college.  I put on the Freshman 40?  Not kidding.  I could drink a 12 pack with the boys no problem.  Exercising wasn’t that important to me-I would walk with sorority sisters every now and then and that was that.

SO-as you can see.  NOT an athlete.  Or so I thought.

Post college I started running to take the weight off-never more than 3-4 miles-never ran a race.  Simply a 30 minute cardio routine with some walk breaks in there too.

Fast forward to 2009.  Fresh out of a break-up- I needed a goal.  So I signed up for a 1/2 marathon.  I skipped attempting a 5K, 10K, or any other distance-I just dove right in. I followed Hal Higdon’s Beginner Training program to a T-crossing off each day as I completed it (side note: new asthma medicine had me running with ease).  I completed that race with a 1:59 and realized I wasn’t so bad at this running thing.  I was hooked.29290_1413960303837_1077437303_1208666_6102463_n

A few 5K’s and 10K’s later and I wanted more again.  I completed a few more 1/2 marathons and decided I wanted to give Team in Training a shot.  I was then convinced I could be a marathoner.  Rock n Roll Seattle was my first marathon in June 2010.  It wasn’t love immediately-but I knew I could do better.

Running for Bling was started around this time.  I wanted more.  And so began my quest to race the states. To find the best bling out there.  And to continue to become a better runner.  Of course I want to get faster.  Who doesn’t?

I grew up in Alabama but live in Atlanta (yes, the heart of it-not the burbs) and work in sales for a sun and skin care company.  I consider myself to be a foodie, love to cook and eat at fabulous restaurants.  Occasionally you will get recipes and food pics on the blog (yes, it’s a running blog-but food is something I love).

I love Auburn, especially football. I love pilates and flywheel.  I love spending time with my family and friends.  I love to travel. I love to shop and have a slight running clothes addiction. I enjoy a good beer and a great glass of wine. I love meeting new people and I’ve never met a stranger (I’m in sales, what can I say). I am Southern-and definitely have an accent.  (First noticed by many readers here). I am a sunscreen addict and advocate and I will preach often to WEAR SUNSCREEN EVERY DAY!

I have a precious niece, A, that you will hear about often and I adopted a pup, Olive, in November of 2013. IMG_5090 IMG_5724

Two things that have changed me as a runner: my assault and my labral tear surgery. More on both of those.

That’s me in a nutshell.  This blog is about me and my adventures in running around this country, running some fun races with fabulous bling, and capturing my life.  Hope you enjoy it.

 

 

 

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Mark Spina April 8, 2014 at 6:12 pm

I also participated in Run The Bluegrass and through the race director, saw your post…you did a fanastic job!!! I spent a little time on your blog and find your story and goals fascinating!!! My wife and I currently live in Louisville, KY and see that you have the Derby Festival as one of your bucket list items. I have run the full marathon every year since 2005 (less two years – one out of country and two for injury). If you plan on running, let me know and we can make sure that you have a great itinerary for the weekend in our city! Also, had to let you know that you were pictured with one of my running partners (Michael Turner) who is wearing the yellow Swags shirt! When you come to town, I am sure that he will be able to get you a deal on some running gear from the store (Swags is THE local running store of choice)!!!
Good luck in obtaining the BLING!!!
Mark Spina
Louisville, KY

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