About Pattie

I started running on Aug. 25, 2010 using the Couch to 5K program.

I took this photo before the first time I ran 20 miles.

And I’m still running.

After I finished the Couch to 5K, I moved on to the Bridge to 10K, then trained for a half marathon in April 2011. I ran my first marathon in October 2011, a little more than a year after I started running.

My first marathon in September 2011 was in a downpour in Maine in October. You’d think I’d be crazy to want more of this, right?

As of this update (in July 2013) I’ve run 4 marathons, 9 half-marathons … and even a couple 5ks. :)

I was always overweight as a kid, as long as I can remember. I wore a size 13 when I was entering high school, and even though I liked sports (swimming, cycling, walking) and often struggled with dieting, I never really was able to get to a healthy weight (read = healthy body mass index).

But running was what finally got me to a healthy weight. At the age of 26.

This blog is about that journey. Most people who finally make their goal weight find it a struggle to stay there. And that has been my experience, too. The secret is that you can’t get there by diet, you have to get there by lifestyle. I share what I do every day, and what I’ve learned along the way.

I started this blog a few years ago and called it Pattie Runs, but running isn’t all I do … though I’ll be honest, it’s most of what you can expect to hear me writing about. I joined the BDN Maine family (and blog network) in the summer of 2013.