Hi! I’m Tam! Thank you for being here and sharing this journey with me. Two of my biggest passions are teaching and running. I’ve been teaching for 18 years and running for almost 15 years. I also love doing crafts (sewing, crocheting, doing embroidery and paper crafts.) More loves: watching TV, reading, cookies (most especially, snickerdoodles!), wine, coffee and cute owls! My favorite color is orange.
I started running in the fall of 2002. My friend Jules invited me to run a 10k. I hadn’t trained and I wasn’t even a runner but thought it’d be fun. I ran it and was hooked! I said, “I wanna run a marathon.” How I went from a 10k to a marathon is beyond me. I must have the long distance running gene in me even though I was never a runner as a kid. I joined A Running Experience Club (AREC) in Long Beach and started training for my first full, Long Beach Marathon in 2003. Since then I have run:
• 50ks = 5
• marathons = 23
• half marathons = 113
• 10Ks = 52
• 5Ks = 106
and many other distances on road and trails.
Since March of 2015, I really started getting into trail running. At that time, my biggest dream was to become an ultra runner. So I began running on trails and training for my first 50k! I ran my first 50k at Ray Miller in November 2015. I never thought I could do it because I thought my footing was bad and that I’d probably really hurt myself on trails! But I did it!!! Since then I’ve run five 50ks and other distances on trails. I just love trail running so much–it has made me a stronger and more resilient runner.
If I can do it, really anyone can! (I know people say this but really, I wasn’t a runner when I started and I don’t look like a runner still but I am a runner in my mind and heart. That’s what matters!)
I’ve never been a fast runner. I represent the middle of the pack to latter half of that middle. I can go the distance and am proud to run the same distances as a faster runner. We’re all going on the same path, just at our own pace. I’m just proud to be a runner. I love being part of the running community. Running is challenging and it’s hard. It can be hard to stay motivated. It can be painful. But that’s what I love about it. I love that it’s tough because it’s rewarding. I embrace the pain that comes with running. It’s part of it. Best of all, I get to share these experiences with fellow runners and the many friends I have, thanks to running.
I started this blog to show that anyone can do it. I don’t “look” like a runner. I’m not the most fit. I have plenty I’m still working on to improve. But I’m out there running, racing and being active. Together, we can keep each other motivated! Our path, our pace.