Thanks for stopping by to my teeny tiny little corner of the internet. Search indices tell me that people stumble upon my site thanks to hilarious keyword searches (cameltoe marathon, anyone?), and while I don’t really use this platform to be didactic, nor do I claim coaching expertise, I do sincerely hope that you’ll be able to take away something from my running experiences. I’m always happy to connect with readers, so drop me a line anytime.
Who I am
Hello, my name is Erin, and I’ve been a runner for most of my life. (Hi, Erin).
Some of my earliest memories from elementary school come from me chasing boys (while wearing frilly and lacy dresses), and then them chasing me, on the playground. My older brother and older sister both ran track and/or cross-country, so when the opportunity to participate presented itself in 7th grade, it was a no-brainer. For a hot minute, I was a hurdler, until I very quickly figured out that I could run faster by not jumping over things.
From 7th through 12th grade, each spring, I laced up my running shoes to run my little heart out as part of my school’s 100m, 200m, and 400m sprinting group, as well as the distances’ accompanying relays, but I was mediocre at best. The heart was definitely there, but the talent never quite caught up. For a minute, my HS track coach told me that he thought I should consider the 800m event, but I threatened to quit because I told him that was too far a distance. Yeah.
Following middle and high school track seasons, and in no small part due to the recurring shin splints, borderline stress fractures, and periostitis I got each spring during track, I hung up my running shoes for about four years in undergrad. It wasn’t until my senior year of undergrad, when I took a Track and Field PE class for the hell of it, that I even began to run again, and I finally remembered why I loved this stuff so much in the first place.
After undergrad, during my first year of working in the real world, in 2007, I trained for and ran my first marathon–the LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon–yes, that was the ‘hot’ year–and have been hooked on marathons since. I absolutely credit starting my marathoning endeavors as a fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, through Team in Training, for energizing me to continue to keep doing this stuff year after year. You can find more information about TNT on its named page here on my blog. 🙂
As of 2017, I’ve run about 30 half-marathons (I think) and 28 fulls, and 1 trail 50k ultra, and I look forward to many more years of racing and running and pacing. I’ve qualified for the Boston Marathon 16 times (in order: 08: Austin, Madison; 09: Rockford; 10: Boston; 12: Champaign-Urbana [first marathon postpartum]; 13: Houston, Eugene, Chicago, NYC; 14: Oakland, Newport, San Francisco, and Santa Rosa [as a 3:35 pacer for SRM]; 16: Modesto [first marathon postpartum, round 2], Pony Express, Two Cities) and have raced Boston twice (’09, ’10). I’ve qualified for NYC twice, based on my 1:35, 1:33, and 1:31 half marathon times, too. It has been an amazing, gratifying, and incredible experience.
Who I Am
- Early thirties. BOOM.
- fresh San Jose, CA transplant, after living in Chicago for 11 years (and after growing up in NE Ohio)
- Triple-demon (BA, MS, MA from DePaul University). If you ever want to talk Spanish, English, International Public Service, or Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse, I’m your gal.
- Super-proud mom to Big Sis (5) and Little Sis (1) and married to C
- Strict vegetarian/borderline vegan since ’08
- What I’m about: making the world a better place and spreading the running love
Running Ruminations will document the great, magical, mystical, awesome, and grueling world that is training, running, and racing.
Please feel free to drop me a line anytime at erinamg2015 at gmail dot com or through the various Twitter or IG (@ErinAMG) or Strava platforms I have scattered throughout my blog. 🙂