26.2 at 27

If you had told me in early 2012 that I would become a runner, I wouldn't have believed you. At the time, I was a busy first year law student who was stress eating her way to 184.6 pounds. I was 30 pounds heavier than when I started law school, unhappy, and wishing I could find my way back to my pre-law school weight, but not yet sure how or if I would ever make it. 

By the beginning of my second year of law school in late 2012, I was ready to change. I started walking on the treadmill every night after class. I always saw the runners come in and crank up the speed on the other treadmill in the fitness center. I secretly wanted to be a runner too, but I didn't know anything about running other than I could never do it, even when I was a little girl.

Eventually I did a few tentative google searches for things like "how to become a runner" and I came across the Couch 2 5k program. It was a training plan that was supposed to help you build up to running 30 minutes at a time or 5k (3.1 miles) by having you run for progressively longer intervals. I started working my way through the program soon after that and one day in November 2012 I ran a mile without stopping. 

I had never run a mile in my life, and I will never forget how proud that mile made me. I didn't care that it took me over 16 minutes and that I thought my lungs would explode the entire time I was running. I was out there trying, and that was all that mattered. 

By February 2013, I was running 3 miles a few times a week to help me lose weight. I was proud of my weight loss progress, but I still thought of running as a means to an end. Then I decided to give myself a new challenge to stay motivated: a race. 

I signed up for the Nashville Women's Running Series Half Marathon and trained for it during the summer between my second and third years of law school using the Jeff Galloway run walk run method. I finished the race on September 27, 2013 and not long after that I set another goal. I wanted to run the 2014 Rock N' Roll New Orleans Marathon before my 27th birthday. Unfortunately, an ankle sprain derailed my plan, but I've decided to look at that as an opportunity to bloom where I've been planted. I didn't get to run 26.2 at 26, so now I'm hoping to run 26.2 at 27. Until my ankle heals, I have switched from running to cycling, but if you are interested in my running journey, you can catch up on some of my training posts below.

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

Week 5


  1. I loved reading this. I too am 26 y/o. I'm a wife, mother of 3 lil ones & work f/t. I'm @ my all time heaviest & I just can't seem to wheel it in. Thanks for sharing your story

  2. I love your story! Im the same right now, a law student at roughly 184 lbs too :) I am definitely interested in trying this couch to 5k! Thanks for sharing your story


  3. I was also planning to run 26.2 at 26 years old, and missed it due to a broken foot (Rock n Roll DC marathon- 3/15/14)! It was so tough mentally to change my expectations and reset my goals. I have spent the last two months thinking about how to improve myself as an overall athlete and how to prevent injury in the future- because injury is miserable, and I have no intention of doing it again. I hope that your ankle heals well, and that you enjoy cycling- you'll find me in many more yoga and spinning classes from here on out ,as well!