Howdy! I’m Courtney, and I currently live in the Seattle area.
I’m an 8x half marathoner, 0x full marathoner (ha), lover of sushi, running (most of the time), coffee, hard cider and other sweet adult beverages, my crazy cats, and Jesus. I’m also a closet gaming geek and have been known to recover from races with a few hours of Mass Effect or whatever game I’m into at the time.
As a kid, I loved to run, and literally spent my summers running around the neighborhood with my brothers and friends, pretending to be horses…. yeah. In high school running suddenly disappeared from my life (I blame boys and self-consciousness) and over the next 13 years I morphed into an out-of-shape puffball, slowly gaining weight as time went on and my metabolism slowed. I also started playing World of Warcraft alllllll the time, which as you can imagine just multiplied time spent on my butt by about a million! When I hit 30 at a not-so-svelte 170 pounds (for my 5’8″ frame) I knew something had to change. Enter couch-to-5k in May 2010 and my slow, frustrating progression back into running.
With a combination of running and changing up my diet (you mean I can’t eat pizza for dinner every night?) I’ve managed to drop 35 pounds. So far I’ve completed eight (!) half marathons, something I never thought I would be able to accomplish, and I’m currently attempting to get my average half marathon pace consistently below a 10-minute mile. (Oh, and maybe inch toward my goal weight of 130 as well.) “Are you ever going to run a full marathon?” you might ask? HA HA, no. At least, I don’t think I ever will… never say never?
Running for me started out primarily as a way to get in shape and lose weight, but it’s become kind of a cathartic way to get out on my own and prove to myself I really CAN do things I never thought I could. There are good runs and bad runs, but the rewards and the post-run glow are totally worth it. And finishing races is an experience everyone should get to enjoy at least once! (Just ask the friends I’ve dragged along to races against their will! ;D)
If you’re wondering where “Daily Nightly” came from – it’s a weird Monkees song, and I also like it as kind of a motto for healthy living – it’s not just a diet, it’s not just a temporary fix to your problems, it’s a daily, nightly lifestyle change – for life.
Thanks for reading!
“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” -John Lennon
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” -Hebrews 12:1-2
“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.”
-1 Cor 9:24-27
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