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Hey guys!

I've been a member of this community for a while, but had to stop "watching" it for a long time due to time-restrictions. It's now back on my regularly-watched list, so I hope to be more active here.

I started running over 2 years ago with the C25K program. I ran my first 5K in over 36 minutes in October of 2008. I had to take a little time off during the winter of '08-'09, then I got back to it. I did about 5 5Ks in the summer of 2009, but got hurt, and had to take another month off. Then, in the fall of '09, we bought a house, so we were busy fixing that up and moving, so there was another month off. I'm glad to say that in October of '09, I got back into running, and I've had no real injuries or set-backs since.

My goal this year is to run 10 5K races (8 of 10 completed), 1 5-mile race (completed), and 1 10K (next Sunday). I'll probably end up exceeding those goals, as I have 2 10Ks on my calendar, and 12 5Ks.

I'm currently working on building my base. My "long run" is 8 miles at this point, and I'm sitting between 25-30 miles per week. In November, after (hopefully) my 2nd 10K, I'm going to start upping the long run, and I will be starting half-mary training for the Pittsburgh Marathon in May 2011. I'm hoping that goes well, and that I can do a few halfs next year. The goal is to do the Pittsburgh full Marathon in 2012. OR, if I do really well with mileage during half training, I may try to find a full for the fall of 2011.

Through all of this, I'm trying to lose the last 15-20 pounds. I know trying to lose weight during marathon training is difficult. But I'm going to give it a go regardless.

I'm also looking to add people to my friends list who are like-minded. A lot of my friends don't run, and most of my posts are about weight-loss and running, so it seems like no one is reading or comments. :( If you feel reading my blather, add me. :)