Welcome to Running for Sweets! This blog has been created as an outlet for my obsession with running and ice cream 🙂
I fell in love with running almost 6 years ago, when I was starting my first year of college. My parents have been runners for as long as I’ve known them, running consistently throughout their lives as a way to stay healthy. I finally got on board with their example the summer before heading off to college; halfway through the year, my mom’s family decided they wanted to lose weight and get healthier as a family, so we signed up for a half marathon. I had never run any sort of race in my life; a half marathon, let alone a 5k. We ran the Lansing Half Marathon in April 2012 and I have been hooked ever since. I have now run 5 marathons, countless half marathons and a few other distances thrown in as well. I have never considered myself to be a fast runner, and have always enjoyed running farther rather than faster. Running has changed my life for the better and I can’t wait to share that with you!
I currently teach K-5 elementary music and 6-8th grade middle school band in the beautiful West Michigan. I have always had a great love for music and just can’t get enough of it in my life. I was lucky enough to find my soulmate during my first few years of college, and he and I currently teach band together every day. We dated throughout college and are now newlyweds as of August 2017! Aside from running and music, my greatest passion is ice cream. I have had an obsession with it for as long as I can remember, eating nightly desserts with my mom. I’ve tried to give it up many times, fully realizing how unhealthy it is, but just can’t seem to stop.
Follow along as I use running to balance out my ice cream obsession and experience more of the world by foot. In a world that seems to be filled with so much fear, uncertainty and hatred, I’m continuously finding joy and comfort in the running community. Road races and fellow runners always remind me of the good in the world through their sense of camaraderie and spirit of happiness. Through running we can find endless possibilities and never-ending hope.
“When you walk, one foot is always on the ground. When you run, most of the time you are actually airborne. For example: a 6-foot-tall runner with feet about 1 foot long was found to take 1,250 steps while running 8-minute miles. Thus, while covering 1 mile—5,280 feet—he was in touch with the ground for 1,250 feet and airborne for 4,030 feet.
Put another way, he was in the air for 76% of the time. So don’t think of it as a 10-mile run. Think of it as 7 miles of flying.”
-Paul E. Richardson