Hi! I am Penny…a wife (of a wonderful man), mother (of 4), stepmother (of 3), full time employee, and a runner.
I started running in 2001; well, you couldn’t call it running back then. Huffing would be more appropriate! On January 11th, 2002 I stopped smoking and my huffing slowly turned into running. A few people that we (the hubby and I) worked out with during lunch decided to train for the Arnold’s Classic Pump and Run. In March of 2004, I completed my first one. We followed that up with another one in 2005. In between I have participated in many 5Ks.
After watching my sister in-law complete the Columbus Marathon in ’04, I had a brain cramp and decided that I should train for a 1/2 marathon. I completed the Capital City 1/2 Marathon (April ’05) in 2 hours and 28 min. After that I took almost a year off from running, I was simply burned out.
In ’06 I decided that I had gotten fat enough (gained 30 lbs) and decided to train for another 1/2, which I completed in March of ’07 in 2 hours and 45 min.
With my husband’s blessing and support, I trained for my first full marathon! The Columbus Marathon, which was held in Columbus, Ohio on October 21st, 2007.
Since then I have completed over 20 half marathons and added another two marathons to my running resume. I have joined a non profit running group and now help others achieve their goal of running a half or full marathon. In March of ’13 I attended a RRCA Certified Running Coach training class. I learned how to write training schedules and train people properly for long distances races.
I hope to be running well into my 60’s as some of my friends have been able to…