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.

Dad and me after the race...

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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Bess @ Bess Be Fit February 23, 2011 at 10:16 am

Just wanted to say I love your bloggie and wish I was as fast as you :)


artie May 30, 2011 at 9:30 pm

I am a doctor….dentist and was a fairly accomplished athlete in high school. Loved basketball and baseball but stopped growing freshmen year at 5’11″ and was only 115lbs.


artie May 30, 2011 at 9:57 pm

I am a doctor….dentist and was a fairly accomplished athlete in high school. Loved basketball and baseball but stopped growing freshmen year at 5’11″ and was only 115lbs. I toyed with running and ran under 5 minutes as a freshmen but still loved team sports. Found them limiting as who really should be playing. Decided to run as senior and loved cross country. Got into the 15s for 3 mile and ran in the penn relays. Sadly got away from it. My daughter just qualified for boston with about ur time and is also a teacher. She played D1 basketball and had some 30 point games.I got sick less than 2 years ago and needed to lose weight. She started to run so i started going to races and first 5 miler did 69 minutes. I got into spring lake and on my garmin 42.30 . Splits 8.15 to 8.42. I dont think i have too many limits as even though im 50ish I feeling like 30 and think i can run very fast. Im not pushing it as it will come but i take pride in getting better each race. Lost 50 lbs which helps but wasnt really extremely fat but way too heavy to be really heathy.I like ur story as you have become very good and hope to run around your times in about 2 years. Your times arealmost exactly as my daughters and she has been running about 2.5 years. She is hurting a bit from marathon and hope she listens to orthopedist to chill for a while. I will be at boston watching her next year. She runs with me all the time and has really sped up my improvement. Keep it up as i have been practicing for 27 years and running changes your whole outlook on life for the positive. I have run first and last in races and finishing as well as u can is the only goal to shoot for. great luck in all your endeavors.


artie May 30, 2011 at 10:18 pm

My wife had never run before and now can run under 30 minutes for a 5k and as an attorney can only train about 10 miles a week at best as she has to also take care of older family members. Running has really helped her deal with all the stress and she runs with my daughter in 5ks almost every weekend just for fun. I find most runners are very kind people as they do their own thing. That is my wife. Trying to get my son running but is a newbie doctor and can run 6 minutute miles without practicing. He doesnt yet realize how quickly u can get out of shape so we are working on him. If more people started running for fun the health of americans would be excellent as opposed to poor now. Thought you’d like to hear about other familys who run to stay healthy.


Anne @ Modern Mrs Darcy July 7, 2011 at 6:15 pm

Love your running story! Especially how you and your roommates bought groceries together, and training with your dad.


Christina @ The Athletarian July 14, 2011 at 1:39 pm

I’m a teacher and a spin instructor! We are TWINS!!!!!!


Nikki July 21, 2011 at 10:45 am

Very awesome story! And I love that you are a special ed teacher..I just started my masters in Special Ed! Nice blog! :)


Kristen @ notsodomesticated July 22, 2011 at 6:05 pm

Hey, Keri! Thanks for checking out my blog! We have a few things in common. We’re the same age for one (I know, not that big of a deal haha!), but we also both work in special education! I’m a school psychologist for a school district, so I would very closely with the special education teachers. :)

Looking forward to reading more and getting to know you better!


Felipe July 27, 2015 at 6:25 pm

How neat! Is it really this sielmp? You make it look easy.


Emma @ Microcosm of Life July 23, 2011 at 9:58 am

Hey there! Thanks for stopping by my blog. You are a running CHAMP! You also have one of the cutest dogs I’ve ever seen, no joke!


Katy July 24, 2011 at 8:08 am

Hey! Thanks for stopping by my blog! Holy cow, girl you are fast!!! I’m super impressed.


TheCookieBoss July 25, 2011 at 8:33 am

Hey there! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I look forward to reading your posts!


Cait @ Beyond Bananas July 27, 2011 at 6:07 am

Yay teachers! I admire you for being a Special Education teacher… that takes a really amazing, patient person!! I don’t know if I could do it!

My mother grew up in Westfield and I spent a great deal of my childhood visiting my grandma there!

Love you blog :)


Jayme @ Runner-n-Spice August 19, 2011 at 8:56 pm

I was googling the boston marathon earlier tonight and your blog came up as a top result! I saw it and thought in my head – I know her!! (via being a blue eyed runner reader) :)

I read (and loved) your boston eve post again!


Jenn September 11, 2011 at 6:59 pm

Someone close in age to me in the “blog-world”! I’m 30, and find there are a lot of younger people on here. Love your story.


Kate March 12, 2012 at 11:51 am

Hi! It’s so nice to stumble upon another NJ blogger. I look forward to catching up on your posts!


Cori @ olivetorun April 25, 2013 at 5:56 pm

Just came across your blog. I too am a runner and a teacher :) Love it!


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