My name is Alexandra and I am an aspiring marathoner living in sunny South Florida. I decided to create this blog to document my training for the 2016 Lifetime Miami Marathon. I hope this site can be a place where I can share my progress and my thoughts on my training as well as an opportunity to meet other runners and bloggers.
First, a little bit about my running background. I have always been active and a “gym rat” but only started taking running seriously around 2010, when I joined a local running group for outdoor runs once a week. But even then, I was running 3 or 4 miles a few times a week just with the goal of keeping fit. I had no desire to race or to push myself.
In July 2014, I finally signed up for my first race, which was an untimed race where runners could pick the distance they wanted to run (5k, 10k or 10 miles) and change their mind along the way if they wished. I decided to run the 10k but ended up doing 10 miles because there was no indication of where the 10k course ended!
Then I moved from 10 miles to the half marathon and finished the 13.1 Michelob Ultra Half Marathon in Fort Lauderdale in November 2014. I was hooked. I loved the racing atmosphere, the people I met, the adventure we were all in together. That’s when I knew that running was part of me; there was no turning back. I was no longer just an active person who ran to keep fit. I was an athlete who ran to push herself to see where I could go.
But life does not come without its challenges. In the middle of my running self-discovery, I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis (UC) in April 2014. I will talk about my condition and the effects it has had on my running later on this blog. But UC is the reason why the Miami Marathon is so important to me. I am training with Team Challenge and my goal is to raise $2,000 for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. More on that in the next posts!
For now, please sit back, relax and enjoy the ride with me.