I’m an Engineer. Mechanical Engineer/Systems Engineer by my degrees. I see equations in my sleep, and trebuchets/missiles/airplanes. It’s who I am and how I think and I’ll never stop being an Engineer.
I love Disney. Like a not normal amount. So much so that I now live within half an hour of Disney and go spend a few hours at the parks on most weekends. Or just brunch at Raglan Road. If you haven’t been there for weekend brunch, you are missing out.
I grew up in Syracuse, NY, which is about the opposite of Florida. So much snow and cold and doom and gloom. Florida is sunny and happy. I am now the most tan person in my family. Yes I’m still pale compared to most but in a lineup with my family I’m the most tan.
I have thoracic outlet syndrome. This means that the blood flow and nerves to my arms gets cut off at my shoulders, and it’s not fun at all. I’ve had the top rib removed on both sides to correct this but I still have significant nerve damage and pain. I can also lose circulation in my hands & arms sometimes too still. Some days tying my shoes is impossible, but I refuse to let this hold me back.
I hated running as a kid. I played tennis, did about 4 kinds of dance, ice skated, did band and choir but I did not run. When they made us run distance for tennis I walked. Nope nope nope.
I started running in February 2010, after I gained weight from college/life/surgery. I’d gotten up to a weight I really didn’t like so I made some changes to my eating and tried couch to 5k. It was hard! Running for 60 seconds straight was very tough but I stuck with it. I didn’t run a race until 2012 though, a 5k shortly before my left rib was removed.
My first half was the Disney Princess Half on February 24, 2013, only 3.5 months post-op. I cried when I crossed the finish line, I couldn’t believe I had done it. I was also hooked. I signed up for another half when I got home from Disney
My best half is a 2:14, from the Bridge Street Half in 2015. I’d lost a good bit of weight in my divorce and was the lightest I’d been in a while, as well as coming off Dopey training and it was an awesome run. My now husband paced me in that race, and he’s been a great running buddy the past few years. I’m hoping to get back to that shape this year.
My first marathon was during the Dopey Challenge on January 11, 2015. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I think I cried 3 times during that race. There’s something very different about running a marathon versus running a half marathon. Unfortunately, my shoulders do not like them as much so we’re taking a break from marathons for a bit.
My husband and I got married at Disney during the inaugural Star Wars Dark Side Half Marathon weekend. We got married on Friday, then ran the 10k Saturday and Half Marathon on Sunday (and spent the rest of the week at Disney relaxing). We celebrated with 20k of our closest friends.