Hey there! Welcome. Thanks for stopping by and taking an interest in my blather!
My name is Roz. I am 28 years old, I joined the Navy nearly two years ago (I'm a glutton for punishment), and good ol' Navy dragged me from my beautiful homeland, Alaska, down to Pensacola, Fla. kicking and screaming. I'll be stuck here for a few more months, when Navy will promptly hand me a check and tell me to carry on my way (I'm getting medically separated).
While I'm killing time I work in the public affairs office onboard Naval Air Station Pensacola (NASP). I'm a writer/photographer/jack-of-all-trades for the base newspaper, the Gosport. Not a far cry from what I actually want to do with my life. I was a year away from my graphic design degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA), but have decided to (basically) start over at Full Sail University in Orlando, Fla. (warned you I was a glutton for punishment). So, in April I will begin my 2 year journey at FSU in pursuit of that ever elusive BA.
I love food (who doesn't) and am just another organic, whole foods, free-range, local food nut. Although, like most, I still have my guilty indulgences. There was a time in my life when I had much more mass on my body. I took up running, swimming and biking; invested interest in what I consumed and how I treated my body; and started saying and thinking positive things instead of constantly berating myself. What a difference positivity makes!
I'm not going to lie, it took me a long time to enjoy running. In fact for the first couple years of running, the only "runners high" I experienced was after I was done running. But, it did eventually happen. I now genuinely love running, so long as I don't take it to seriously.
I had knee surgery, March 11, 2011, which left me sedentary for a good 8 months and that life style took hold and held on pretty tight for 5 months longer than it really should have. Early 2012, I decided it was time to shake this newly unwelcome lifestyle. I picked up a book about marathon training, Non-Runners Marathon Trainer, and though I had never had (conscious) ambitions to run a marathon, I've always been one to throw myself into the next adventure. Which brings us to present day.
I started training with a combination of Non-Runners, the Jeff Galloway walk/run program and the Marathon Rookies training guide. I run four days a week (short, medium, short, long) with three rest days. I started at the beginning of February (2012), actually February 2nd to be exact. I did 4 days of pre-training before starting the first official week, Feb. 7.
I have several races I've signed up for, ranging from 5k and 10k, to half marathon and leading up to my first full marathon.
If you want the full (long-winded) version of my bio, you can read my very first post: "How I got here and why I'm doing this".
Again, thanks for taking an interest! I'm always looking for advice, support and definitely running buddies! Come run with me!