Howdy! Welcome to my blog!
About me: My name is Jen. I’m a former developmental biologist who took a 3-year career detour and am now back in the world of scientific research. Born in Taiwan, I moved to the States when I was 6 and spent my formative years in Maryland, then North Carolina. In 2005, I moved across the country to California to continue my research training at Berkeley. I now consider myself an East Bay girl, having lived in Berkeley, Oakland, and now Hayward. I’m extremely fortunate to have a very supportive husband (alias: the Gypsy Runner) and one very handsome cat (make that two) in my life.
About my running history: The short story is that I’ve been running on and off for the past 15 years, racing occasionally. I became
addicted more committed to the sport after running the 2012 Oakland Half Marathon. In 2012, I ran 16 races including my first marathon, the California International Marathon. I also went from running 50-100 miles a year to topping 800 miles in 2012. One purpose of this blog is to document my journey as I continue to develop into a more “serious” runner. (For the long story of my running background, click here.)
About this blog: I have another blog (poor scientist. will blog 4 food.) where I’ve been writing since 2008, but as its main focus is food, I didn’t want to hijack it with lots of running posts. Started in April, 2012, Running Tangents is a place for me to gather my running-related thoughts and track my training, but I hope it will also be informative and even entertaining (!) on occasion. It would also be great to meet and interact with other runners through this blog — (non-robot-generated) comments are always welcome!
About the name:This blog was originally called, “Jen’s Running Adventures.” Let’s just say creativity has never been my forte. All of the good (i.e., obvious) blog names were taken, so I kept brainstorming until I came up with the name “Running Tangents.” It’s short, to the point, and pretty darn clever (if I do say so myself!). In case you’re not clear on what I mean, see below:
a. touching at a single point, as a tangent in relation to a curve or surface.
b. in contact along a single line or element, as a plane with a cylinder.
2. Idiom: “off on/at a tangent,” digressing suddenly from one course of action or thought and turning to another
3. Running: a straight line that just touches a curve. i.e. to “run the tangents” means running the shortest but still “legal” distance for a race.
These are a few of my favorite things:
- Favorite posts:
- Favorite mottos (in running and in life):
- “The hills pay the bills.“
- “You’ve got to be in it to win it.”
- “Go big or go home.”
- “Sharing is caring.”
- reading race recaps
Questions/comments/suggestions? Please leave a comment anywhere on the blog, or email me at willblog4food [at] gmail [dot] com
Happy reading and happy running too!