Sunday, March 4, 2018

Who Am I?

If you're reading this at the time of publication, then you probably know me personally (if you don't, how did you get here?), so I won't go overboard.

If you're reading this long after its publication (hello from the future!), and you don't know who I am, here goes:

My name is Liz. I am a registered nurse (RN) working on a general surgery floor at a small local hospital, and I love what I do. I am enrolled at Yale and will be graduating as an Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) in May 2019. I was never super athletic, and spent most of my life riding horses and competing in a variety of riding disciplines. In March 2016, I decided that if I wanted to become the best horseback rider I could possibly be, then I needed to become more fit. I began running with the intention of finishing my first 5K at the end of the Summer. In my first year of running, I completed four 5Ks, one 5-miler, and one 10K. I also placed 8th in a USEA-recognized beginner novice horse trial and won an unrecognized HT at the end of the season. In my second year of running, I finished my first half marathon, completed my first two sprint triathlons, and ran another 5-miler. I continued competing with my horse, Gee, in eventing, but at the end of the season she was out of commission with neurological Lyme disease. As I was unable to ride my horse, I began training and running more intensely, and as a result I am looking forward to an amazing 2018. I will be running a handful of half marathons, contesting my first Olympic triathlon, and will be staring down the Chicago Marathon in October. Thankfully Gee has made a full recovery from Neuroborelliosis, but we have a long road of conditioning ahead of us to get back to where we were before the illness. As a result, I have no competition goals for Gee and so will spend the year slowly getting her fitness back while keeping her happy and healthy.

If all of this sounds like a lot, don't worry. I have one of the best support crews a woman could ask for. My husband, Oscar, is incredibly supportive and helpful with my competitions and training (he is my voice of reason and my biggest cheerleader, all in one). Our four-year-old dog, Marvel, has his own Instagram feed, and he accompanies me on almost all of my training runs. Our two chickens, Schumi and Kimi, provide the best egg breakfasts a city girl could ask for, and they are a constant source of amusement.

I found that telling people about plans and goals is the best way to hold myself responsible for them. It's hard to consider skipping a workout when you've already told someone you were going to do it! You, my lovely audience, are my way of airing my thoughts and plans and will (maybe) help me to stay sane and keep track of everything that happens along the way. Welcome to my Olympic triathlon and marathon journey!

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