Hi! I'm Megan, a 28-year-old runner, high school English teacher, new mom, and wife to a dashingly handsome guy called Kevin.
Welcome to On The Road Again, otherwise known as my little corner of the Blogosphere. I'm so happy you've stopped by! I'm what's officially known as a Very Average Runner, and as I attempt to improve (?) on that status, I write about it here. Other things I talk about besides running: what little I know about politics, my babyfriend, good (not shitty) music, tasty food, blog friends I've met, unnecessary references to 80's and 90's pop culture.
Megan + Running = Forever (?)
I wasn't always a runner. In fact, running and I have been in a certain love/hate relationship since 2003. Running complains that I'm sometimes too lazy, afraid to meet my potential, and unwilling to push myself through road blocks. On the other hand, I often tell Running that it needs to quit filling up my weekly schedule and detracting me from watching smarmy reality TV.
Most days, though, we meet somewhere in the middle of that mess and have a superb make-out session. And when that happens, magic is made.
That magic comes in the form of competing in various races. I started out by entering 5k races with my mom back in '03, and after five years of on-again, off-again status with running, I finally got semi-serious about the sport and began entering bigger competitions in 2008.
In addition to three half marathons and a handful of 5k's, 10k's, and 10-mile races, I've run two marathons, the Detroit Free Press/Flagstar Marathon in 2009 and the Kalamazoo Marathon in 2011.
First-ever marathon bib!
Crossing the Kzoo finish line
Once in a while, I shake things up by tackling some other kind of fitness endeavor.
Cycling: I've completed the Zoo-de-Mack 51-Mile ride twice.
Triathlon: Coming out of the water during my first (and only, so far) Sprint Tri in 2010
You can check out my other race recaps and PR stories here.
My running philosophy is simple: run the best that you can, every day, every race. Some days are great; others - not so much. Having great music helps sometimes. Just know that the road's always there to welcome you back and help you to improve.
The RoadAgain Family
Kevin (who also runs sometimes) and I live in Michigan where the summers are short, and the winters are long. We love it, most of the time. We met in college in 2004 and recently being officially stuck with each other for four whole years.
We have a cat named Baxter who is frequently pissed, occasionally cuddly, but always sports a white mustache even though she's a girl.
And in January 2012, we welcomed a fourth member to our clan: a real live human baby named Charlotte Eleanor.
As soon as she gets a little bigger, we plan on bringing her along to just about all of our fitness adventures.
Notes About The Blog
This blog began as a journal through these various amateur exploits, but it has become a place to grasp my way through my
1. I'm just an average runner; therefore, I'm constantly working to improve upon my averageness. Becoming a better athlete means I'll have to find my way back on the road again... and again... and again...
2. Even when I'm off the road, I know it's always there waiting for me. Once I'm ready to start training again, I know it'll welcome me right back with
3. Life is a giant road, and we're all just running on it. Sorry for the cheesy metaphor. But it's true. And I'm just here to stride it out until I crash, drunkenly, into that roadside sign that says "30."
Want to know more? You can read this to find out why I started oversharing my average life.
Again, thanks for visiting my tiny corner of the Blog World. If you ever want to respectfully chime in on a post, feel free to leave a comment. You can also contact me by email with further comments, questions, funny jokes, random statistics and offers of free pizza and beer.