Hi, I’m Courtney.
In January 2012 I had reached a lifetime high weight and had enough. I hardly have any pictures of myself from around this time because I was so self conscious. I made the decision to lose weight and become fit. We purchased an elliptical, which broke in June, of that year and led me to try C25K as an alternative. One week before my first 5K a severe hip strain sidelined me for months.
By January 2013 I felt well enough to try something. I thought yoga would have a low impact and that the stretching would be beneficial to my hip. I also began walking daily at work during lunch. I grew strong enough to walk in my first 5K and felt ready to try the C25K program once again. This time I was able to complete it and have run in many races since.
My wife, Tara, and I have been married since 2009 and together since 2004. I was born and raised in Massachusetts, but moved to Rhode Island 11 years ago. I swore I would die a Masshole, but true love will change things. We also have two adorable fur babies, Flynn and Delilah.
I’m not just a runner. I’m also obsessed with music (I will spend hours creating the “perfect” running playlist). I’m a Whovian. I love spreadsheets (using them frequently to map out workouts), wear socks at all times and crave routine. I’ve recently rediscovered my love of the outdoors through kayaking and hiking. I’m a huge Boston sports fan, but most especially the Patriots. I’m a self proclaimed geek (as if the Whovian and spreadsheet references didn’t clue you in). I love TV, it helps me relax. I like that when I turn it on it quiets my mind so all I focus on is the show. My favorite color is blue. I’m an incredibly picky eater (which makes dieting so difficult). I’m very competitive, which motivates me during races to keep going.
After reading so many inspiring blogs, I decided to give journaling a shot. And maybe, someday, my journey might encourage someone else.