About

Hey everyone! Welcome to Endorphins Junkie!

My name is Anna. I am 27 years old and I live in Raleigh, NC, with my amazing husband, Jeremy, and my spoiled dog-child, Juneau.

SPCA Walk

We’re such a cute family.

My degree and job are in the environmental field but my hobby and one of my greatest passions is exercise. Yes, to me exercise is a hobby and not just something that I feel that I have to do. I am the type of person who gets noticeably and almost intolerably grouchy immediately upon the start of a third consecutive day without any deliberate physical activity. I thrive on the satisfaction and the relaxation that a workout gives me to the point that I consider myself a true endorphin addict.

I started playing organized sports when I was about 7 and didn’t stop until I was over 18.  This is likely how I developed the mindset that working out 5 days a week or more was the definition of normal.  Since then I have moved away from team sports and learned the value of competing against myself.

In 2009 I was reluctantly persuaded by some friends to sign up for my first half marathon. I crossed the finish line of that race in March of 2010 and have been running ever since. I quickly became obsessed with the way that pushing through a long run made me feel and with being a part of the vast but accepting running community. In November of 2011 I completed my first marathon.

Getting a hug from my friend after crossing the finish of my first 26.2. Almost in tears.

Getting a hug from my friend after crossing the finish line of my first 26.2. Almost in tears.

Many more races of all sorts of distances came before and after that 26.2 – you can see more about my race history on my ‘Races’ page. Running is not all I do, of course. I absolutely love strength training and will also occasionally dabble in yoga and other types of classes when I get the chance.

I am not a personal trainer, a nutritionist, or a life coach and I am not trying to pretend I know everything or even the first thing about health and wellness.  I also am not under the false impression that it would be worth my time or anybody else’s for me to write a blog detailing every single rep, every mile, or every minute spent in the gym. Instead I have found over the years that creating a healthy life to any degree brings some good experiences worth documenting and, even more often, questions that are worth finding answers for. So these are the things I hope will fill this blog.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy my blog!

3 thoughts on “About

  1. Hey!!! So glad I found your blog!– Love it! 🙂
    I am also running the Richmond Marathon and hoping to Boston Qualify! ((although that goal “scares” me a bit so my MAIN goal is to have fun and not ‘bonk’ haha))
    Also, I am currently a grad student pursing a dual masters in Environmental Science and Public Affairs ((my undergrad was Environmental Sci)) and if you don’t mind me asking, what kind of work are you in? I am trying to narrow down what exactly I want to do in life post graduation haha

    Great blog! Can’t wait to read more 🙂

    • Thanks so much! I love your blog as well – it’s one of my favorite morning blog reads :). The BQ goal actually terrifies me. I set it knowing it was a reach for my second marathon but told myself to go for it as hard as I could and see what happens. My training for it has been going better than I could have hoped so far but a lot of days I still wonder if I have any business aiming for that kind of time. We’ll see what happens on November 16th I guess! I noticed on your blog that we are in the same field, which is awesome! My undergraduate degree was in Environmental Studies (we had a Env. Science and Env. Studies program and the one I chose is focused on policy, management, and education while the other was lab science focused). I am a paralegal and researcher for a small environmental non-profit group that works on climate and energy issues in NC. I was always a science nerd in high school but once I got into my last few years of college I found out that my real interest in the field was actually very policy and management oriented. I really love my job but when I someday decide to move on it will likely be to go to law school somewhere I can focus on environmental law. I’m happy to answer any questions you have if you want to email me (anna.moorefield@gmail.com). It is such a great field but there are so many different directions you can take with it that it can be overwhelming for sure!

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