Hi! I’m Alexis, and I’m a 22 year old runner-teacher-reader-lover of all things chocolate.
I started running competitively in 7th grade, and I was super into it all through high school. So into it, in fact, that I based my college decision on where I could run cross country. Perhaps not the best plan, but I ended up at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA, and I could not have loved my overall experience more.
Part of my college journey was going through a phase of hating all things running. I beat myself up, suffered a couple of stress fractures, and just forgot about why running used to be fun. So I took a 6 month break from any running at all, and a yearlong break from any kind of competition. This reset helped me get out of my super strict attitude towards training, which really caused me more stress than anything else. I was able to come back to run my senior year. I was way slower than I had been, but I remembered what it was like to love working hard while still appreciating the easy run in all it’s glory.
Today, I am working my first job as an Associate Teacher (basically learning how to be a teacher for a year), and running is again a huge part of my life. It’s my favorite form of exercise. I’m just relearning how to be competitive without driving myself crazy.
Below is a picture of me before my very first (and to this point, my only) full marathon! I ran the Shires of Vermont Marathon a week after I graduated from college, and it was AMAZING. I hadn’t trained at all for time, and while I was secretly hoping to run under 4 hours, running 4:11 was still pretty great. Just finishing was awesome, and I am so pumped to try another one with some real training under my belt. Half marathons are probably my favorite distance, but I also love the occasional fun 5k.
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