Running and Races

Running and Races

My running career did not begin until the end of my senior year of high school. I actually was a swimmer for 11 years; practicing 6 days a week for about 3 hours a day, an enormous commitment! Longer distance events, such as the 200, 500, and 1650 free were my favorite races. However, in February of my senior year, I was beyond sick of swimming and quit! I was not planning to swim in college and was ready to start something different….
And this is where RUNNING comes in!

Boston's Run To Remember 2010 (My first half!)

It has taken me about three years to reach the level I am at, and my best advice for any new runners is to stick with it! I was soooo slow when I first began, but gradually built up my endurance and am now in love with the sport, and run on my school’s cross country team.

I have participated in a number of 5ks, a few 10ks, one half-marathon, a few sprint triathlons, and one olympic distance triathlon. Every single one of these were their own special experience, and every time I finish a race, the accomplished feeling I get is truly amazing. If anyone is contemplating running their first 5k, I say…GO FOR IT! :)


Cross Country Home Meet- 9/2010

Here are my best times for each of the distances I have completed,
5k- 19:58, UMASS cross country meet, September 2010
10k- 43:34, Market Square Day Run- Portsmouth, July 2010
4 Mile- 26:51, New Years Day Wicked Frosty Four- Salem, January 2011
5 Miles- 33:50, Turkey Trot- Salem, November 2010
Half-Marathon- 1:36- Salem, September 2011

I also ran a “Mud Run” which was a 10k distance, battling through mud pits, jumping over walls, wading through ponds, and various other obstacles. It was one of the most fun experiences i have ever had!

*Update- I am not signed up for any races right now as I am taking a bit of a step back from running! About a month ago I found out I had very low iron and thus my running has felt like a sincere burden lately. As I work to get my Iron levels back up, I won’t be taking on any serious running challenges, as I physically am unable to.

Once everything is restored… well who knows that 2012 will bring :)

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 nevernotdreaming March 20, 2011 at 1:45 pm

I used to run competitvely in my university…(I am 30 years old now). I’ve been ailing with health issues the last 3 years, and now I can only walk…gosh, I miss it….so much…you are marvelous to be able to function. Treat your body well – don’t abuse it!


2 Tessa at Amazing Asset March 20, 2011 at 5:31 pm

I am so sorry that you are unable to run now :( walking is a nice exercise as well, but I would understand missing the sport.
You’re so right, it’s important to thank your body for what it is capable of doing and not constantly have negative thoughts about it!
Thank you for reminding me of this :D


3 cbrady3 March 31, 2011 at 6:02 pm

YOU ARE SPEEDY girl! So glad you emailed me so I could find your blog:)


4 Tessa at Amazing Asset March 31, 2011 at 7:08 pm

Aww thanks lady! And thank you for checking out my blog, it means so much :)


5 Diane April 20, 2011 at 10:12 pm

I love the picture of you in the mud! You look like you’re having so much fun….love your smile!


6 tessa8m April 21, 2011 at 11:22 am

Aww thanks Diane :D it was such a great time and I am running this race again on May 22nd!


7 Alaina May 14, 2011 at 4:50 pm

I’m running the Run to Remember too!! It’s my third half marathon, but my first time running that one.

I think it would be cool to have a blogger meetup. :-)
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8 tessa8m May 14, 2011 at 7:22 pm

Hello Alaina, thank you for stopping by and commenting :)
Yes that is a great idea! Maybe we could arrange to meet the Saturday before to pick up race packets and maybe go out to lunch or something?


9 Julia June 23, 2011 at 10:05 pm

So glad I found your blog! I love it! You and I could relate on so many levels! Cant wait to read more


10 tessa8m June 24, 2011 at 7:51 am

Hi Julia! Thank you for stopping by :D


11 Kristen @ July 30, 2011 at 5:35 pm

The mud run looks so fun!!! I had a friend who did that, and I loved seeing her pics on facebook. I’m a new runner, and I am (for the most part!) really enjoying it. My husband and I are currently training for a 10k in September and a half marathon in November. :)


12 Sweet and Savvy August 22, 2011 at 10:28 pm

Wow! Reading this post makes me feel like you read what is inside my head whenever I go out to eat with friends. I am often uncomfortable eating at places where I cannot find “safe” options – especially if it isn’t in my “meal time”. My boyfriend and his family routinely eat dinner really late, and this sometimes makes me a little crazy.. by that time of night I am so hungry that I am sick and do not even feel hungry. So sometimes I’ll say, oh I ate before I came, I’m not hungry. And then bam – no dinner for Savannah! I don’t know why I think things like that, but I can’t help it, even though I’m getting better and better.

It’s so good to see that you are overcoming this disordered side of your brain!
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13 Kloe @ Running Shoes & Chocolate Mousse February 14, 2013 at 8:02 pm

Hey Tess,

First up I’ll start by saying your story is so inspiring, and you’re so incredibly courageous and brave to share that so honestly with the world.
I really admire that, you’ve come such a long way with healing yourself, and finding the joy in eery aspect of life, so keep on going girl!

I love finding other bloggers who are as passionate about running as I am!
I’m relatively new I guess you could say, and my next dream goal is to run a half-marathon. Unfortunately, I’ve been sidelined for a good part of 2012 with a femoral stress fracture, which really de-railed my training :(
I’m hopefully going to be able to come back stronger than ever and achieve what I want!
Congrats on your amazing race times, by the way.
Have you ever had any injuries or anything? If so, how did you deal with them?

Keep running and blogging!

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14 tessa8m February 15, 2013 at 10:02 pm

Hi there Kloe! Thanks for stopping by zeee ole blog and writing to me as well! It’s nice to ‘meet’ you :) Your words are so kind and I really do appreciate them… especially helpful at this time where I am feeling a bit overwhelmed by different stuff in my life! It’s nice to know anything I am doing here is helping someone.

But gahhh so so sorry to hear about that injury! Yeeshe that sounds like a bad one! I am sure you will come back stronger than ever, both physically and mentally as you will be moreee than eager to get out there once again! My first half-marathon was one of the happiest days of my life, and I know you will get there in good time.

Regarding your question… I would say that actually right now I am dealing with an injury of sorts. I have talked about this on my blog here and there but for the past few months I have basically had dead legs- fatigue, some cramping and weakness that I have never felt before. From what I understand, it’s from extreme over training and improper nourishment, but it’s been quite a long time since I have seriously ran, I am eating so much better, exercising less… yet my legs continue to feel like utter crap, worse even than before.

I mean they start to burn even when I walk up stairs, yeah. it’s a major concern of mine at this time, yet I don’t have the motivation, money or time to deal with it by going to doctors that probably won’t be able to help me.

For now I am just not running and it’s beyond painful, so I feel ya on wanting to get the heck out there! As far as dealing with the emotional side of all of this… I continue to do activities I CAN do and enjoy- upper body strength training, core work, spinning, yoga… and those allow me to stay active and sane really. I am also realizing that this has to be a major message from my body saying to cut the sh*t, I have beaten it for too long now and I just need to rest. Hard to accept but if I can finally feel better after all of this time, well I will pretty much do anything to get there!

I hope this helps at all and please write back to me if you want to :)

Have a nice weekend Kloe!


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