About Me

Hi everyone! Thanks for stopping by my little space on the Internet. I hope you enjoy your visit!

I’m Samantha and I originally started this blog as a way to share my experiences in training for my first marathon. To say I’m a running (and racing) addict is an understatement. I am here to share my love for running (and other fitness), baking, cooking, and my life in general.

My History

I was never an athletic person.  I walked the mile in school when we had to do it because I couldn’t run. I had asthma as a child, which became exercise induced asthma when I got older. In high school gym class, if there were options that did not require me to change my clothes (ping pong, archery, etc…), I chose those options.

I never worried about fitness – I was never overweight and I thought that exercise was for fat people and professional athletes.  Seriously, that is how my teenage mind worked.

When I was about to turn 20 I got my first office job (prior to that I either worked in retail or waitressing) as a receptionist in a shipyard.  Suddenly my life became sedentary.  Suddenly I didn’t weigh 115 pounds anymore.  Coincidence? I think not.

My weight started slowly creeping up and my Size 0 $50 Abercrombie jeans weren’t fitting anymore (Priorities when you’re 19).  I was devastated. But I was also clueless.  I joined a gym and I worked out for half an hour on the elliptical machine and hit up all of the weight machines I could, 4-5 times a week.  That worked for the moment, my jeans fit again after a couple of months, and I could (and would) still eat what I wanted to.

I drank my coffee with extra cream and extra sugar, and I ate Dunkin’ Donuts for breakfast every day. I had so many unhealthy lunch options within 5 minutes, and I took advantage of them all (KFC, Taco Bell, pizza, McDonald’s, etc…). I lived with my parents, so dinner was the best meal I ate.

A few years later, I was still working out, walking the dog, etc… I had quit going to the gym, and I thought a whole wheat bagel with peanut butter every day was my best breakfast bet. I still ate out a lot, and did not eat near enough fruits or veggies.

And the weight started creeping up again.

I tried calorie counting.

I tried Weight Watchers.  For those of you that do or have done Weight Watchers – you’re bada$$.  It takes SERIOUS discipline to count points and plan meals accordingly. I couldn’t do it, patience is a trait that I do not possess.

I tried drinking protein shakes for breakfast, eating only salads for lunch, and having a healthy dinner.  Kind of like my own version of Slim Fast. I couldn’t even look at a salad for a long time after that.

Nothing worked.  The weight wasn’t going anywhere and my pant size was creeping dangerously close (for my liking) to double digits. I got scared.  I don’t have that “naturally thin” gene, nor do I have the body type for it. I didn’t know what to do or where to turn.  My views of eating were skewed.  I traded sugar for Splenda, regular soda for diet, butter for spray or “light” butter, and most of my snacks came in a 100-calorie pack. I started adding more fruits and veggies to my diet during my Weight Watcher days because they were either “zero-point” or “low-point” snacks. Not because I should eat them anyway.

Fast forward to April 2010

I kept hearing a commercial on the radio for the Cox Rhode Races taking place on May 1. I’ve done fitness walks in the past, and they were saying anyone could run or walk the 5k. I thought “Well, why the hell not.” (I had no idea what distance 5k even was at this point…) I recruited my parents and one of my girlfriends and I called our team “Walk, Don’t Run.” I wasn’t on board with the whole running thing yet.

After the excitement of the race was over, I thought I’d give running a try. But, I have just o.k. knees. I was diagnosed with runners knee before I ever started running, so I was nervous about it.  I called my doctor and he put me on board with Couch to 5k.

 I was on Week 4 when I sprained my ankle because I wasn’t wearing running shoes, I had a pair of sneakers, but they weren’t for running.  I was enjoying the program, and I do not quit when I start something, so after my ankle healed I bought a new pair of running shoes. I was going to finish Couch to 5k.

And I did.  On July 28, 2010 I became an official Couch to 5k Graduate.

Present Day

I am hooked.  I love running, but I also love nutrition.  My brother has a degree in culinary nutrition and has taught me a lot, as have so many of the blogs that I read, magazines, web research, etc. I am slowly but surely replacing my bad habits (I’ve given up soda 99% of the time, I quit using Splenda, and I’ve realized that butter is not the devil when used in moderation). Now this isn’t to say I eat healthy all the time.  I don’t. And I won’t.  Life’s all about balance.  I eat lots of chocolate, I drink lots of beer and wine, and I’ve been known to eat fast food on occasion (usually Taco Bell). But I know how to keep myself in check now. Oh, and cupcakes. Lots and LOTS of cupcakes. They have their own food group.  Along with chocolate. And wine.

Future Plans

So what’s in store for my future?
I will continue to run marathon’s for as long as my body will let me.
I want to run ultra’s.
I want to try tri’s.
I love how I feel when I eat right, when I kick a workout’s ass, and when I accomplish things I could only dream about a couple of years ago.
I am now thinking of become an RRCA Certified Run Coach, and possibly a yoga instructor!
Now I’m bragging…

I’ve broken through all of the challenges I’ve set for myself  to date:

  • Become a runner? Check.
  • Run a sub-30 minute 5k? Check.
  • Run a half marathon? Check. Check. Check. and Check. (add a few more checks to that…)
  • Run a marathon? Check. (more checks here too!)
  • Run 12 races in 2011? I ran 15.
  • Become a certified personal trainer? Yup, done.
I hope you managed to get this far, I know it’s a book, but it’s where I’ve been and where I’m going.  I don’t know how to make a story short.
Thanks for reading!
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5 Responses to “About Me”

  1. Jill April 2, 2012 at 9:54 am #

    I admire you Samantha! Love your blog. Nancy (Living the Dream) “sent” me over….I love cupcakes:)
    Hope all your dreams come true.

  2. christa May 11, 2012 at 8:48 am #

    Not sure how I found your blog, but I am a new follower. Maybe the words cupcakes and running lured me in 🙂

  3. linnyann June 4, 2012 at 12:24 pm #

    Hello!
    I’ve nominated you for “The Versatile Blogger” award! http://neversaynever0304.wordpress.com/2012/06/04/thank-you/
    Here are the rules for receiving the award: (1) thank the blogger who nominated you (2) include the links to their blogs, (3) include the award image in your post, (4) copy the award image to your site, (5) give seven random facts about yourself, (6) nominate 15 other bloggers for the award, (7) when nominating other bloggers include the links to their sites, and (7) let those bloggers know they’ve been nominated.

  4. bluewata2 June 6, 2012 at 8:00 am #

    Inspiring. I started the c25k and hurt my knee… I stopped running and rested it for five days and it is now healed. I’m so afraid of a permanent injury! I’ll be starting the program over this week and am so excited.

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