Well, hello there!
My name is Rachel, and I am the Marathon Running Medic (or Marathon Running Crazy Person, depending on who I’m talking to!). Whether you’ve stumbled upon my blog because you also love to run, or you’re also a medic, or you just saw a cute picture of a puppy, I welcome you to my little corner of the world!
I am a 27 year old paramedic in Richmond, Virginia, and I have planned out quite the goal for myself: to qualify for, and run, the Boston Marathon before I turn 35. That means I need to be able to run a marathon in under 3:35:00 just to *apply* to run it. No big deal, right? Well, that’s where it gets a little more interesting…
I have run two marathons so far:
The Richmond Marathon in November 2013 (04:39:50)
The Shamrock Marathon in March 2014 (04:33:56).
So I have some work to do. But I have learned a LOT just in running these two particular races. I plan to run Richmond again this fall and I am hoping to be a lot closer to 04:00 than 04:30 next time. Apparently there is something called speed work?
In between, I run too many other races, and spend a lot of time on an ambulance or in hospitals. I won’t bore you with too many details on that part of my life because it might upset some of you and/or get me into a HIPAA violation.
Also, this is my dog, Maddy:
She is a rescue pup, believed to be a mix of Beagle, Jack Russell, and Basenji. She is my very spoiled and very loved fur-baby, and you will see her a lot. If you don’t like dogs, you may need to go away as we probably can’t be friends. 😉
Still there? Fabulous! Double-knot your sneakers and grab some water – it’s going to be a long one!
DISCLAIMER: I will not hand out medical advice; my opinions and my actions are my own. I am not a nutritionist or a personal trainer. Always consult your medical professional for any health, fitness, or nutritional concerns.