Hi! I am Penny…a wife (to 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. I did it and since then have run over 30 half marathons and four full; including the “Goofy Challenge” at Disney.
In ’10 I joined a small non-profit running group and made a lot of running friends. In March of ’13 I became an RRCA certified running coach. I followed that up with a Team Oregon Running Certification later that year. In ’14 I became the Membership Director of that non-profit running club (Columbus Eastside Running Club). We have about 170 active members. If I could do this for a living, I would quit my job in a heartbeat!
Penny (aka RunninRagged)