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.
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.
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!