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I love to run. This is one of the first things I tell people about myself, often even before my name. I. Love. to. Run. I'm newly graduated from high school, currently on foreign exchange with Rotary International in Belgium (Wallonia, for those of you in the know). All through high school I ran track, and my senior year was my first year of cross-country. Now, I've always been a sprinter - third leg of the 4x1, frequently thrown in the 200, the anchor in the 4x4 - a hurdler primarily. 400 meter hurdles... yesssss. I do also enjoy the occasional 800.

But I'm obsessed with distance running. I follow race results, in high school and in the pros. Pre is one of my idols. I know what times are fast and what times are slow, I can effectively convert most mileage into kilometers and vice versa, I love mud and sweat and hard work and pain, and I own several pairs of Eastbay shorts. This is all derived from my one season with cross-country and the fact that I dated a distance runner my senior year. Watching him run the Boilermaker 15K this past July convinced me that, despite my love for the 400mh, I wanted to convert to distance running, and not just be in the know, but be ONE OF THEM. And not only that, but the period of time when I felt most in shape, when I felt the best about my physique, was not any of my seasons during track but my one season of x-c. I really loved how good I felt!

I only have a faint idea how to go about switching. I'm working on losing weight as well - not a whole lot, just twenty pounds. I don't consider myself overweight but I have an unusual amount (for someone usually in shape) of poundage in my thighs. I'm also not in shape right now - this past summer and my past two months in Belgium have been hectic and it's been difficult to stay in shape.

So those are my goals. Lose twenty pounds/10 kilos, and become a lean mean distance runner. I'd love to run the Boilermaker next summer, as well.

And my name is Anna :). Enchant´┐Ż, tout le monde.

Edited by: SVEFNGENGLAR at: 10/12/2009 (10:44)
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