My name is Rebecca Goodman-Sudik and I have a problem. I am obsessed with the running high one gets after hitting the pavement for a few miles. It wasn't always like this. I used to hate running! I would see people running as I was on my way to soccer practice and think: dang, those people are crazy! You might be thinking "but there is running involved in soccer" -- Yes, yes, there is running involved in soccer, but there are also slide tackles, goals, defense, offense, and strategy to soccer that I didn't think there was to running (I know differently now).
I have been playing soccer since I was 4. In high school, I played on several teams. I started running cross country as a means to stay in shape for soccer. My first 5k time was abhorrent (or so I thought, compared to the faster runners) at 28:31. I continued on the cross country team, trying every excuse I could think of not to run, to get out of practice and racing and such. I didn't pick up running until the summer after my sophomore year at Purdue. I had gained the dreaded freshman 15 but for me it was more like the college 25. I decided I would change my diet and my routine and start working out and training all summer. I fell off with the running after that one successful summer for another 6 years and then rediscovered running through walking. My weight had once again begun to fluctuate and I began walking 3 miles every morning. And eventually, my walking turned into running.
I have been running since May of 2009. I started racing again in September of 2012, right after I started playing soccer again (first time since 2003, in college). The past two years have been a whirlwind of awesome. By day, I am a programming ninja, coding websites from here to Japan, but in the wee hours of the morning, you will find me hitting the trails around the DC metro area and exploring the nation's capital! I do not shy away from any distance and have plans for marathons and more half marathons in late 2013 and early 2014!