Hey there, I am a vegan runner based in the 818. When I’m not eating plants or running, you can find me reading, listening to podcasts, traveling, napping, and opining. Below are the details.
MARATHON MARY fka RUN MARY RUN started as a running blog that chronicled my attempts to qualify for the Boston Marathon (spoiler alert: I did!), as well as my transition to veganism. Although it’s still a running-health-fitness blog, it has expanded to include some of the other things I’m into; you’ll find that stuff under the Extra tab — everything from travel summaries to social commentary to book reviews and a feature I’ve called “Five Things” which features random best-of items. So basically, if you’re into buffets, you’ll dig this blog.
Lastly, under Projects you’ll find the organizations and campaigns I’m involved with. As this part of my life has gained greater importance, I wanted the name of the blog to reflect this. So while MARATHON MARY still maintains a running focus, it also alludes to the larger meaning for the term “marathon.” Corinthians 9:24-27.
Read on for the rest!
RUNNER BIO – THE STATS
BQ x 1 🦄
USATF Masters All-American (5K-10K-HM-M)
26.2 (3:52:27) 🔹 13.1 (1:49:44)
10K (49:49) 🔹 5K (24:07)
Team 2nd Wind Performance
nuun Brand Ambassador
RUNNER BIO – THE STORY
I received my first running medal in the third grade when I captured the bronze in the 50-yard dash at the all-Catholic schools Knights of Columbus Track Meet in the San Fernando Valley. Thinking I had peaked at eight years old, I didn’t pick up the sport again until my late 20s, which led to a few 5Ks, a couple half marathons, and one full marathon. I retired my shoes again in my early 30s, only to pick up running one more time at the ripe old age of 41. Strangely, my body has cooperated, and since (re)lacing up my Nikes nine years ago, I’ve completed a few 10Ks, twenty-plus half marathons, and nine marathons. This blog catalogs my challenges as a vegan athlete “of a certain age” and diminutive size (think hobbit). Follow me on my quest to chase my goals, run strong and injury-free, even as my dinner times continue to get earlier. Seriously, if I can do it, anyone can.
THE OTHER STUFF
I work in a high-rise in the manufactured business district called Century City. My job pays me a ridiculous amount to basically answer phones and move emails around (yay graduate degree!), and since it doesn’t take up too much head space or time, I can pursue my extracurricular interests, like those mentioned in this blog. Husband and I are DINKs, so we for sure use up our frequent flyer miles. We’ve traveled to Europe several times, including Paris over 8 (!), as well as hiked into Machu Picchu, snuck into Cuba, and spent the night in the middle of a volcano (v. uncomfortable but not for the reason you would think). However, the driving force in my life is my faith and service. I have been well overpaid and am trying my best to give back, whether through volunteering, activism, or resources. Anyway, I hope that you find something that entertains or helps you on my blog. Below is the more personal info.
Raisins in food, indiscriminate hugging, and flying economy.
PEOPLE AND THINGS I WILL FIGHT YOU ABOUT
Lebron James and the Oxford comma (the law is on my side).