Allow me to introduce myself – I’m Danielle, better known to some as T-Rex Runner or simply T-Rex, thanks to my oddly muscular legs and generally useless upper body that give me the appearance of the most badass dinosaur – and I’m the newest ICEdot athlete! I’ll be blogging here about my quest to run a marathon in every state by the time I turn 30 (17 states down!) and my newfound love/hate relationship with triathlons, including my quest to do an Ironman in Fall 2013 and the many failures I will undoubtedly deliver along the way.
As some of you might relate to, I am not a natural athlete. I played soccer for one season, when I was 6, and I played defense because they didn’t have to move too often. When I was 7, I quit the soccer team because we had to run ONE LAP around the field at practice, and I already hated running at a very young age. I’ve always been thin, just not terribly motivated when it came to physical activity, so that was the end of my stint playing team sports. Instead, I rode horses competitively until I graduated from high school, preferring to let an animal do most of the athletic exertion for me.
I started running shortly after I graduate from college solely because I thought runners looked cool. That’s the entire reason. I completed the Couch to 5k program, then promptly broke my foot in an unrelated incident. I didn’t take up running again until I started relying on it to help me move on from a failing marriage, and I’ve stuck with it pretty much ever since, surprising myself each day by running farther and farther until eventually, I ran a marathon. I’ve now run 21 marathons, 19 of which have been since October 2011. I guess you could say I got bitten by the bug!
I’ve recently taken up triathlons after being
forced bullied peer pressured gently persuaded to try something new, and I did my first sprint triathlon just a few weeks ago – race report to come soon! Although it’s weird not to run as much anymore, I’m starting to begrudgingly enjoy the variety and even look forward to biking and swimming sometimes. I like to tell people I’m training for an Ironman in Fall 2013, but I have a long way to go between now and then. And lucky you – you’ll get to read about it along the way!
I’m slowly becoming accustomed to my newfound athleticism and am enjoying the new challenges and goals I’m reaching along the way. I’m honored to be sponsored by ICEdot, which is a great company for anyone, but especially for someone who is as accident prone as me and has as many medical issues! Talk about a perfect fit. I’m excited to see where this partnership takes me and I look forward to meeting lots of you along the way!
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