Just a mom running errands, running after kids, and pretty much running ragged all while training for my first full marathon after running lots of half marathons!
I have been married for over 7 years to my college sweetheart- Glen Perkins- yes…. THE Glen Perkins of the MN Twins- and yes our life is a little crazy! We have 2 beautiful and amazing daughters together (though I may be a little biased) – Addison and Lyla…. We are just a normal family living an extrodinary life and trying to navigate our way through it all.
I started running in elementary school on the track and field team. I ran sprints in High School and after a short running stint in college and a knee surgery- I gave up running competitively and just started running for fun. I would run about 2 miles 4-5 times a week until I got married in 2005, then I decided I was going to run a marathon- the number one item on my “bucket list”. I have always been enthralled with the idea of pushing your body to the limits in a marathon. Well 4 miles into training….. I ended up needing another knee surgery…. then shortly after being recovered from surgery I got pregnant with our first daughter…. then shortly after Addie arrived I got pregnant with Lyla. Two kids later… I was back to running about 2 miles 4-5 times a week… but now pushing a double stroller! The length of the runs all changed in 2011 at spring training in Fort Myers… while we are at spring training we do not have any babysitters so the kiddos are literally with me 24 hours a day for 2 months. My only escape is when I run- so while out on my two mile run I was releasing some mom steam and just was not ready to go back and so I kept running and finally stopped after 5 miles. It was then that I realized that maybe I could run a marathon, but first I would start with a few half marathons. I ran a 10 mile that April at 1:37 and my first half in June at 2:06…. I then ran another 3 halfs that summer and ended with my best one that year in October 2011 at 1:44. Now I run about a half marathon a month- usually 6-8 a year depending upon when the snow hits in MN. I am learning along the way that training is tough but it is such an amazing feeling, and anyone can do it- we were built to run….