Hello! My name is Alyson Carlyon. I have fallen in love with running and thus I have succumbed to what so many other runners before me have done… I have created a space where I can document and share my triumphs and learning experiences with the world.
If someone would have told me 10 years ago that I would run marathons one day, I would have laughed at them. Hard. Distance running was never my sport. I was a competitive (level 10) gymnast for 13 years until my gymnastics career was thwarted due to a badly broken back. After recovering from the injury and unable to return to gymnastics, I decided to take up springboard and platform diving when I sophomore in high school. I literally ‘dove’ right into the sport and developed a love for it. After high school, I went on and dove for LSU (geaux tigers!).
I ran track in high-school and loved that as well. I was a sprinter and ran the 100 meter high hurdles. I always thought that the distance runners had something wrong with them (they must have screw loose or something – why would they run all those miles?!). Well, I can now confidently say that yes, distance runners are a little different :-).
I have always been a very competitive person. I love pushing myself beyond what is deemed possible. There is a fire inside me that ignites when I have a goal or target to hit. This is what pulled me in to running. I was running on my own to stay healthy and keep in shape, but I became unmotivated running for those reasons. In the fall of 2012, I decided to sign up for a 5K just to see what all these group runs/races were about. After the race, I was hooked. I now had something to improve upon. I had times, and splits and distances to beat! I could set new goals every week. The competitive void in my life was now being filled.
In the summer of 2013, I ran my first 1/2 marathon and the following September I ran my first marathon. I crossed the finish line and said “I am never doing that again!” I was then told that I qualified for Boston. So I uttered an exhausted “Okay… 1 more time.”
That was the beginning of my love affair with running. There is something so cleansing and invigorating about running (and addictive!). There are no limits with running – only open roads, endless trails, and PR’s to set.
After my first marathon, a local female runner (now friend) met with me and stoked the fire, helping me understand the sport of running, how to train and take my running to the next level. I am now part of an amazing team of female runners (Bellingham Distance Project) who have taken me under their wings and brought me into the running world. It’s amazing to be part of a competitive team again – something I have longed for since college. I am so thankful for them! I have set big goals for myself and will be working daily to achieve them.
Outside of running, I work as the clinic administrator at NorthStar Medical Specialists. I love snowboarding, riding bikes and recreating in the great northwest! I live in the beautiful town of Bellingham, Washington.
I am so excited about running and where these next few years will take me and others on my team. Thanks for stopping by!