I’ve never been much of an athlete, although I’m a hell of an armchair quarterback. But in January 2011, for reasons I really can’t explain, I decided to try the Couch to 5K program. From there I signed up for a couple of local races and started to see my race times improve.

But in the fall of 2011, my left hip flexor started to bother me. I saw a sports physical therapist and eventually an orthopedist. X-rays and MRI showed no significant injury, but the doctor recommended I take two months off. Four weeks later, in February 2012, I started running again, and throughout the spring I slowly worked my way back up to running a couple of miles at a time.

At the end of the summer, in what seemed like a bit of a leap, I signed up to train with Rogue Running for the San Antonio Rock and Roll half marathon, which I completed in November 2012. I started this blog to chronicle that training–visit those early posts if you’re interested in reading about a newbie half-marathoner! Finishing San Antonio was supposed to be a one-time bucket list thing, but I’ve kept at it–my half-marathon total is at double digits (and climbing) these days.

By day, I’m a middle school teacher with a middle school child of my own who occasionally runs with me. You can follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Bloglovin.


I was inspired to write about my training after reading The Non-Runner’s Marathon Guide For Women: Get Off Your Butt and On With Your Training by Dawn Dais, a hysterical look at a couch potato’s foray into distance running. So here I am.


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