One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


Trail Running, I Am!

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Yes, I’m channeling my inner Yoda. Little Guy’s been getting into Star Wars lately. Every week we watch a new episode for our Sensational Sunday picnic.

Anyway, I’m writing real quick to share my latest running adventures. Today I ran Kelly’s Dream run, a 3.5 mile trail race, and 2 weeks ago I ran the Patuxent River Trail 10K.

Trail running is new for me. I’v been running for 4 years now, finishing my first ever 5k event in June 2008. I’ve run dozens of 5ks since, a 10 miler, a few halves and even a marathon.

I can’t deny it anymore, I AM a runner.

Although, I’m not the kind of runner who cares much about speed or winning or going insane distances. I’m more into it for the experience. I like the energy at events and being part of a something bigger than me. I like setting a goal and achieving it, the challenge of it. In a weird way, I like knowing I can do it and proud that I am.

I think trail running is even more rewarding than road running. Sure, I’m a little slower and it’s way more challenging but there’s something very exciting about it. I don’t want or need music, I like navigating the terrain, it’s so refreshing and rejuvenating.

Today I ran 5k of VERY hilly trails in 44:09 that’s 12:37 a mile. Some of the hills where so steep in both directions, I couldn’t help but stop and walk.

Two weeks ago I ran the Patuxent River Trail 10K (just over 6 miles) in 1:12:36 which I think is about 12 minutes a mile. It wasn’t as hilly but there were a few inclines that slowed me down. Here are some shots thanks to Quantico Orienteering

It may be 4 years since I started this running journey but I still find it unbelievable. I am doing things I never thought I could do. Especially after what people have told me in the past.

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    March 11, 2012

    You are such an inspiration to me! I’d love to start running again but I’m taking baby steps.


    March 11, 2012

    Man, you are such a PRETTY runner. Did you just pick the best pictures? Where are the ones with bulging eyeballs and your tongue hanging out? ROFL. I can’t IMAGINE what mine would look like. You look very cool and calm and like you are on a nice little relaxing vacation run. :) You look like a natural! Great job!


    March 11, 2012

    You are so beautiful, outside and in.


    March 11, 2012

    Awe thanks guys! I just picked the ones I was in alone. There were 3-4 more shots but others blocking me or in front.


    March 11, 2012


    I’ve followed your blog for four years and have always been inspired, found a little of myself in you, laughed out loud. Except I never got the running thing. I always admired it, but I never got it. I even tried it after reading some of your posts about three years ago, but it didn’t click.

    This last September I started the Couch 2 5k program never imagining I’d stick with it. But you were also slowly coming back into running from having your baby, and so I found some inspiration in how you were taking it slow and steady too. I ran my first 5K in November and have been at it ever since. I ran my fourth 5K last weekend and I absolutely loved it. I totally get it now! Like you I love the energy of an event, but also I love that I am finding my body able to do things I never, ever thought possible. I just ran 10K for the first time this week, and while it was super hard, I am so amazed that I did it.

    Keep running, keep posting and keep smiling!

    Robyn @ New Every Morning

    March 11, 2012

    That look of determination in the first pic is fierce (in a good way, of course)! :-)

    Way to go, Roni!


    March 11, 2012

    You look great and the trail looks like fun. I will definitely look for this race next year (I live in Harford County). I am a wannabe runner. Thinking of doing the survivor;s run on 4/1.


    March 11, 2012

    That’s so funny Roni – I was just thinking the same thing yesterday. I’m training for another half marathon, and yesterday ran 10 miles, mostly all the way without stopping. I am slow, I don’t care about time or any PR I may have, but I thought – I’m running 10 miles – I think I can call myself a runner now!


    March 11, 2012

    Trail running makes you stronger for the road. Yes it does!


    March 11, 2012

    You look wonderful. Healthy, happy, and full of smiles. It is so good to see. You deserve it girl.


    March 11, 2012

    Thanks for being inspiration!


    March 11, 2012

    you are gorgeous! forget weight loss, you don’t need it one bit. you are happy and healthy and my inspiration.

    Laura James

    March 12, 2012

    Wow! You look fantastic! You sure look like a runner =)


    March 12, 2012

    Congrats on the race, it looks like it was fun, and may I say girl, put the scale away csuse you look marvelous!!! :)


    March 12, 2012

    You go Roni! You are truly such an inspiration to all of us that anything is possible. You are so real and that is what keeps us all coming back to read your blog.


    March 12, 2012

    I just started blogging started following your blog and love it. Keep up the running, I’ve been doing it for 35 years and love to see others do it too. Do you find that it’s a great stress reliever and keeps you fit?
    Keep it up it’s obviously working for you!


    March 13, 2012

    You go girl. :) I just recently started the C25K program (week 8!!!) to train for a mudrun event that I entered. I have never run a 5k before!!! And I wouldn’t necessarily say I love to run, but what I do love is knowing that I CAN run 30 minutes without stopping and I never before have done that. I love that my body is accomplishing things I never thought it could.

    Entering and training for this event has been so good for me. I’m doing things I’ve never done — trail running is one of those. And I LOVE IT. You’re right, it is soooo fun. I also took a day to go rockclimbing…you should try this. Its an awesome workout and good practice at “pulling your weight up” and holding on.

    Thank you for documenting your journey.


    March 13, 2012

    Go here..

    scroll down. :)

    LOVE! I need to do it more though!!