My name is Keri, I am 28 years old and from New Jersey. I am a special education teacher and group fitness instructor. I always considered myself to be athletic. In high school I played soccer and lacrosse. I ran track for one season and I was terrible. I truly hated it. I preferred team sports. I ran only to stay in shape for soccer. My dad was always a runner and he encouraged me to run a 5k with him. In 2002, (my senior year of high school) I completed my first race, a 5k, with a time of 25:32 (an 8:13 pace). I have fun that same race almost every year since then and this past year, ran the same race with my current PR of 19:35 (6:18 pace).
When I went off to Gettysburg College, I ran on the treadmill to fight the freshman 15 (which didn’t really work) and when I came home from school, I ran with my dad to catch up. We bonded on those runs and I looked forward to that time with him. He truly made me fall in love with running.
Back at school, I continued to run. I began to run outside, on the battlefields of Gettysburg. I slowly began to dislike the treadmill (aka: dreadmill). Running became something I looked forward to and not something I did to lose weight. With this new mindset, I actually began loosing the weight I put on in my early years of college (about 15 pounds!) I did it without even trying. I was eating more, but slimming down. By my senior year, my lifestyle changed for the better. I lost the weight I wanted too, and was eating healthier. My roommates and I (8 of us in all) ditched the school’s meal plan and bought groceries instead. I continued to run, and used the gym for free weights and abs. I started to run not only for my physical health but for mental health, as well. I ran to relieve stress, avoid roommate drama (with 8 girls, it was hard to avoid!), and to clear my head.
My dad introduced me to running a few years ago and now I am addicted He is my running hero and we run together frequently. I enjoy other forms of fitness but my passion is running. I have recently become addicted to racing and constantly work to improve my times and increase my distance. I ran my first marathon with my dad in Philadelphia of 2009. Since then, we ran another marathon, the Steamtown Marathon, also in Pennsylvania. Steamtown is where I qualified for Boston, which I am scheduled to run in April of 2011. My dad plans to cheer me on as my biggest running supporter
I also recently became interested in strength training. In June of 2009 I joined a gym with my mom. I mostly use it for the fitness classes because I hate running on the treadmill, but I hope to start swimming soon. I loved working out in a group setting so much that in November of that year I became certified as a group fitness instructor.I am currently studying for the personal trainer certification exam, which I plan to take at the end of February. As you can see I like to be busy.
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