Hi! I’m Rosalie. I’m a runner currently living in Virginia and I work full-time as an assistant at a consulting firm in Maryland. I created this blog to talk about how I balance everything in my life – work, marriage, running, (I look forward to adding motherhood to the list one day).
I’m hoping to connect with other runner bloggers who share the same interests as me.
I grew up on Long Island, went to community college for 2 years and finished my degree at Stony Brook University with a Bachelor’s in History. Unsure of what I really wanted to do career-wise after graduation, I just applied to a ton of jobs. I ended up taking a job at a boutique tour operator. I worked there for 2 years before moving to Virginia with my boyfriend of 1 year. I started working at a tour operator in DC where I stayed for almost 3 years before deciding to get out of the travel industry. It was just so chaotic/stressful. I started working at a large consulting firm in February 2017 and I love my new job and company. I’m a huge advocate that change is good!! I have a much better lifestyle than I had before.
My running history
I have been a runner for most of my life. When I was very young, I played soccer but always wanted to be the halfback so I could run the most. I didn’t care much for the actual soccer ball, I just wanted to run fast! In high school, I ran cross-country, winter and spring track. I definitely enjoyed cross-country a lot more than track.
I ran one season of cross-country at community college and really had a blast and made great friends, but I didn’t sign up my second year. At the time I told myself that I couldn’t join the team again because I was going to be working more hours (I was working in catering part-time) and adding more credits in order to transfer to a 4-year school on time. But looking back, I know I could have made time for it if I really wanted to. The truth was, I just didn’t want to be on a team. I enjoyed running alone and I wanted to have total control over my running. I didn’t want to have a coach. I wanted to go my own pace, go my own distance, and run at the time of day when I felt like running. Unfortunately, I started to develop a very unhealthy relationship with running and exercise in general. I had some personal issues in my life that I was unable to deal with, so instead I focused on strictly controlling my exercise and my eating habits.
Throughout my junior and senior year of college, my health was deteriorating. I was maintaining a dangerously low weight through obsessive exercise and restrictive eating. At the time, I thought I was super healthy and athletic. I was in denial about what I was doing to myself, until I had a huge wakeup call that finally brought me out of denial. I remember sitting at the kitchen table with my parents, crying, and telling them I needed help.
I was diagnosed as anorexic. I had to enter an eating disorder treatment facility. Recovering from my eating disorder was to this date the hardest thing I ever did in my life. It’s not something I talk about often at all because many people still don’t understand mental illness. I’m still so proud of myself just thinking about the journey that I went through and all that I overcame.
Since running had become a punishment rather than a hobby while I was sick, I had to be very careful about starting to run again after I was fully recovered. And when I say fully recovered, I mean that I not only got back to a healthy weight but I also reached a healthy mental/emotional state. I was social again, I was thinking about my career and goals again, and I was living life to the fullest. Anyway, at that point, I hadn’t ran in about a year. When I started running again, I picked it up pretty slowly and intentionally didn’t get too intense about it. I would just go to the trails and do a 45-60 min run without even tracking my pace. I made a point to not run every day, and to not decline social invitations because I felt like I had to run.
Not long after I was healthy and doing well again, I met my now husband. I started running much less because I was spending a lot of time with him. Not only does he not run, but he doesn’t work out at all. I was content and I just ran when I wasn’t with him and when I felt like it. I didn’t consider myself a “runner” anymore because I was so inconsistent and I wasn’t signing up for road races. It’s so funny to think back on this now because I can’t imagine living that way now. Running is such a part of my lifestyle and when I don’t run I almost feel like I forgot to brush my teeth or take a shower. But at the time, that was where I was at with running.
When we had been dating for 1 year, we moved to Virginia together so Jonathan could fulfill his goal of working on Capitol Hill. After we settled in, I slowly started to run and bike more. The DC area is just so active. It’s one of the most active metropolitan areas in the country. There are endless bike/running trails, sidewalks, gyms, fitness clubs, etc. People in DC/VA/MD truly care about their health and living an active lifestyle. I don’t know if I would have gotten into running 10ks, half marathons and now marathon training if I was still living on Long Island. I’m very happy with where I am now.
My husband and I plan to move to Maryland in the next few years, and my only two conditions are 1) I need a basement to have a treadmill/workout room and 2) I need to live near good running trails because I don’t want to have to drive to get a run in.
I am someone who runs a lot but races a bit. To each their own, but I don’t see much value in racing too often. I was listening to a podcast and Neely Spence-Gracey made a similar comment that it’s better to enjoy the training and not race too much. I was like YES. I agree so much. It also makes the races more fun when its not something you do every other weekend.
Random facts about me
If I had to eat one food for the rest of my life: English muffin with cream cheese and nutella on both halves (yes, you can do that) and granola sprinkled on top (I love EMs so much).
If I had to eat one dessert for the rest of my life: Soft chocolate chip cookies
Favorite movies: Zoolander, American Psycho, Inception, The Age of Adaline, Talladega Nights, Anchorman, Little Miss Sunshine
Favorite music: Ed Sheeran (my absolute fav), Carrie Underwood, Adele, Taylor Swift, Christian music
What always makes me cry: Photos of romantic engagements on Instagram with a gushy backstory – love stories always make me cry!
Happy place: Running on the Capital Crescent trail from Bethesda to Georgetown. I love that run so much and can only do it in the summer when its not dark after work. Second happy place is kayaking on the Potomac river and then getting a cupcake and iced coffee from Baked and Wired.
Favorite sandwich: The Boone from Se-Port deli on Long Island. I don’t think I will ever find a sandwich I love more.
Favorite drinks: Coffee, milkshakes, iced tea, white wine, pink lemonade, apple cider
If I were a TV character, I would be: Linda from Bob’s Burgers. My husband always tells me that I’m so much like her, and I always take that as a compliment because she is awesome.
The most ridiculous thing I’ve been tricked into believing: My dad has tricked me quite a few times. The biggest one is that he told me I didn’t go to pre-school because twins aren’t allowed in pre-school. Twins have to stay home and bond with each other instead. I believed that for many years.
The first thing I ever bought with my own money: A Christmas ornament as a gift for my mom. I paid for it with all coins!
Favorite animal: Cows. Second favorite is cats. I have a cat tattoo on the back of my neck.
Second hobby besides running: Geocaching! My husband and I love doing this together. We started in 2014 after my mentor from work told me about it and thought it would be right up my alley. She was right! Our username is Jonathanandrose if you want to find us!
Thanks for checking out my blog!