Wednesday, May 23, 2012

About Me

So where to start... well my name is Erin and I am a marathoner and a triathlete. I love any and all sports and from the moment I arrived on this planet, I have always been an active child. 

In the third grade, when we were asked to run the mile as part of the Presidential Physical Fitness test, and I took off. After finishing first for all of the girls, I realized that I was quite fast and this was something I could potentially be good at. 
Fast forward to high school and college, and running became more of a hobby and exercise routine. Something to keep me in shape but also a way to vent from the stresses of life. 

Once I entered the real world and my first job, as a way to stay sane, my passion for running increased. I intensified my training, upped my mileage and set a goal to run my first half marathon then to run my first marathon and then my mom and I set a goal to run a half-marathon in every state.

And so my adventures begin. Why TriBarbie? It was a nickname given to me by the first triathlon club I joined and I like it. 

This blog is to describe the wonderful and not so wonderful races out there for those of you looking to accomplish a goal of running a half, full or a triathlon while also giving my two cents into the world of running gear, music/playlists and the wonderful quotes I find. 

So if you think you are out of shape or can't even imagine the possibility of running a 5k, 10k, 10 miles, half marathon, marathon or even triathlon, man have I got some news for you. Yes you can and hopefully I can encourage and motivate you to run a race of any length and hopefully incorporate an active and healthy lifestyle to pass on to your friends and family. 

And always remember: "It ain't about how hard you can hit, it's about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward, because that is how winning is done."

Friday, May 11, 2012

New Jersey Marathon and Long Branch Half Marathon

Long Branch, NJ
 May 6th, 2012
Half Marathon
Finish Time: 1:42:49 (PR)
AG 25-29- 28th/808

Other people may not have high expectations of me, but I have high expectations for myself.
-- Shannon Miller

Going into this race, I had the mentality that I was going to PR. It was my mission. It had been almost a year since my last PR and this was the race, the conditions, the course to do it. With that said, I PR'd by 6 seconds. could have been more had the wind not picked up in the last mile but still I did it, and I'm damn proud.  

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

You Know You're a Runner When...

Photo credit Pinterest
  1. You rotate your running shoes more often than your tires
  2. Running for less than an hour seems pointless
  3. You feel guilty because you only ran 3 times last week
  4. You have at least one black toenail or 1 missing toenail
  5. Your social calendar is planned around race dates
  6. The majority of your wardrobe is running attire
  7. Your iPod/iphone has multiple running playlists 
  8. You've run more of your local roads than you've driven
  9. When you hear PR you don't think Public Relations
  10. Energy gels are an essential part of your diet