Monday, September 15, 2008

Allow Me to Introduce Myself

Just another newbie excited to be here...

I started running my last year of graduate school. More than five years later, I can't stop. I just became a mommy in March and am excited to get that boy in the jogging stroller, but am slightly afraid of running alone in my DC suburb. So for now, the treadmill will have to do. (Although, I admit that running while watching Project Runway is one of my favorite things to do.)

I haven't run a marathon, but I've done a couple of halfs (LOVE the Provo River half!), a few ten-milers, handful of 10Ks, some 8Ks (my fave), and a slew of 5Ks. I am currently training to run the Ragnar Relay here in DC ( and am scared to death. But hopefully that t-shirt will look great in my race shirt quilt...making it all worth it, of course.

Favorite race distance: 8K
Favorite song to run to: ??? Honestly, no idea why this is so hard, but it is.
Favorite dessert: McDonald's ice cream cone or, when in Utah, Maverik cones
Current goal: Simply finish the Ragnar DC Relay (September 26-27--eek!)
Blogger screen name: erinmalia

If anyone has any tips they'd like to share about running the relay, I'd love to hear them. While I feel confident in my training, it's the logistics of it that scare me to death.

But most of all, thanks for letting me be a part of this site. I love reading about the fun and amazing things you all are doing!


rebecca said...

Hi Erin! I'm jealous of your Ragnar Relay running. I would love to do one. I'll be watching for your race report. Good luck!

aaronandsharla said...

Hi- I also make do with the treadmill quite often- but I am so glad I have that. I also love to run while watching Project Runway!! It's one of my favorite things to do :)

Cal said...

I ran the ragnar relay in Utah. It was awesome...our worst problem was dealing with the heat...but hopefully you won't have that problem this late in the year...other than that just be prepared to not sleep for like 36 hours!

Jenny said...

Good luck with the relay...sorry I have no advice.

Your baby is so cute in that picture!

Stohl Fam said...

I ran the Utah Ragnar, and the Hood to Coast relay twice. The relays are great. The distances aren't so bad it's the running again after a short recovery and the heat that gets to me. I would do a couple of runs were you run twice in a 24 hour period to help get used to that feeling.

emily said...

hey there sis. obviously no words of wisdom since i've never done a relay, but i think you're definitely prepared - with running as well as with sleep-deprivation (thanks to your cute little babe).

lilrunner73 said...

I've run the Ragnar Relay in Utah two years in a row too. The biggest thing I learned from mistakes I made my first year had to do with hydration and nutrition. Make sure that after your runs, you rehydrate and get some good carbs and protein in you. You might not feel like eating, but it will help you repair and be ready to run again in 7 hours. :)

Good luck. If you're anything like me, it will be one of your favorite running experiences!!