My 5th blogging anniversary came and went in February. “Running Hutch”, my super hero alter ego created so long ago has accomplished a lot, but now it’s time to retire the cape. In a few weeks you’ll come here and find the same old me but with an extreme blog makeover!
When I first started, Tiffany wasn’t a runner.
However, “Hutch” was a Team In Training walk/jogger. I was embarrassed at how SLOW I was and frustrated by how IMPOSSIBLE running even a 5k without a walk break seemed. After my first 5+ hour marathon I craved that feeling; the empowerment that comes from knowing I faced my limits and kept going anyway. I couldn’t stop. I had to prove myself to myself.
So I put it in a blog.
For a scrapbook. For accountability. I chronicled my journey to the Rock Legend heavy medal in 2011. Then it was trails and ultras. Then it was CrossFit and clean eating.
Yet, for nearly 4 years after I started running in 2009, I was still two different people. “Tiffany” wasn’t a runner. She was a young career gal still becoming herself. “Hutch” walk/jogged 20 mile training runs and mentored new runners on Saturdays at the Rose Bowl.
Good news. I solved my split personality disorder in 2012.
I finally embraced the identifier of “runner” and my two different worlds collided. The past few years have been a fun adventure as I evolved into a coach with an increasing interest in nutrition and spiritual health.
For some time now I’ve kept “Hutch” because that is what I started with, even though the nickname has fallen out of common usage in my life. It’s time my online persona caught up.
So goodbye, “Hutch”, and thank you.