About Me

Hi there! I’m Paige, the face behind the blog, Running Around Normal.

Welcome! Here you’ll find a healthy living blog depicting my daily eats, recipes, fitness, distractions, challenges, triumphs, and running — around Normal.

Why is this blog titled Running Around Normal? Well, there’s two answers for this question.

The easy answer is I live in a town called Normal. And I run in this town of Normal. I think by now, I could set out at any spot in Normal, and run my way around the town.

The more “deep thought” answer, which leads to the real reason for this blog is that “normal” is such an evasive state that normal can never really be achieved. And why try to achieve being normal when you can be unique? This leads me to themission of this blog which is to promote balance, individuality, positivity, and obviously – a healthy lifestyle. Life is really about balance, and negativity like guilt, self-depravation, and self defamation do not thrive in a balanced lifestyle. So be yourself, accept (and thrive off of) your faults, and just do the best you can!

So, I suppose I should tell you a  little bit about me…

Career Paige

I’m an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and a certified sports nutritionist. Currently, I work as a personal trainer and train clients in the Bloomington/Normal area in their homes and at a local gym, as an independent contractor, and have never loved a job more. My other website, Fitconomy, coincides with my work as a personal trainer and sports nutritionist and is great for clients who aren’t local. There I offer virtual personal training and nutrition counseling.  I also work part time at a big insurance company here in town (referred to as BIC on the blog.) You can read more about my fitness and health endeavors, as well as fitness and health news, tips, and advice over at Fitconomy.

This isn’t how it’s always been though. Though my love for fitness and health has been more of a hobby than a career until more recently in my life, I have always viewed my passion for writing in a professional/career-oriented light. I moved to Normal originally to attend Illinois State University, where I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. During that time I wrote for the school newspaper, the Daily Vidette, anchored and reported for the school news cast, TV-10, and wrote endless soft and hard news style stories.

After graduating, I lost the passion for news, but my passion for writing stuck with me. What to do? After contemplating freelance writing and realizing I couldn’t make a career off of it right away, I accepted a job offer at the BIC, and the only writing I do there is about numbers, budget, and schedules.

I’ve always been passionate about fitness, but recently wanted to escalate it from a hobby to a career. In 2009, I took a class for ACE personal fitness training at the local community college. Loving and looking forward to every class, I knew I wanted to pursue the fitness field. I went on to study and take the exam and became an ACE Certified Fitness Trainer a few months later. Since then, I’ve cut my hours at the BIC to half, in order to persue the health and fitness field with more vigor!

Family Paige

I live with my husband of almost two years, our dog Niko, and our cat, Clarabelle.

Shane and I are homebodies at heart, but love to hike, watch endless amounts of movies, Frisbee golf, golf, bike, and hang out with friends and family. We also love to grill out and have a beer or two in the summer time:)I also have a wonderful mom, dad, brother and extended family. Thankfully, most of them live nearby, except my aunt in Florida, who is very fun to visit :)

Fitness Paige

While not training in the gym, working at the insurance company, or hanging with the fam, I love to work out! In the spring and summer, you can always catch me training for a race. I’m also on a sand volleyball team and can’t wait until the season starts! You can read more about my fitness and race recaps. You can read more about mydaily workouts in my workout log!

Join me as I run around this town called, Normal, and run around the concept of normalcy ;)

Contact me: Runningaroundnormal@gmail.com


34 Responses

  1. hello lovely,
    your blog is amazing. and you are too!!

    ** MULU-n-and keep on writing.. as you do, i will faithfully keep on reading.
    Love D

  2. omg i totally visited Normal as a freshman in college bc a friend went to school there 🙂 thanks for the comment! im doing a giveaway soon, so be sure to come back 🙂


  3. Hey Paige!! Thanks for the comment on my blog! Love the blog name 🙂 Nice to ‘meet’ you and can’t wait to get to know you better.

  4. What a cute blog, I totally love it! Running is definetely a passion of mine and I also enjoy living in Illinois (even though I’m out in Chicago!). Way to go on choosing a career path in dietetics, I am doing the same and am loving every step of the way!

  5. Glad to have found your blog! I too have a journalism degree, and I’m finding there are a lot of us food/fitness bloggers out there with degrees! 🙂

  6. you’re so pretty paige! it seems like a lot of food bloggers have dreams to become health writers.. 🙂 hehe

    well love your blog, and ill definitely be adding it to my blogroll. you’re definitely someone to look up to, as i begin my college/life journey.

  7. Hi Paige! I just stumbled across your page today and really enjoy it. I’ll be adding you to my blogroll!

  8. Great blog. We’re on similar paths. I also love writing about food, nutrition and fitness and am getting my degree in dietetics currently. Good luck to you. I’ll be blog stalking…I mean following 😉

  9. […] before, stop read this now and go to Paige’s wonderful site immediately! Not only is she absolutely lovely and a totally running bad ass, but she’s also been sweet enough to feature a post written by […]

  10. Just stumbled across your blog, and was at first a little confused about the title. But look at that, your town is named Normal – too cute!

  11. Hi Paige – I just came upon your blog and LOVE IT! Looking forward to reading.

  12. Ooh I can’t wait to read more!

  13. Hey Paige! Just found your blog, love it so far! Such a creative title! Can’t wait to read more.

  14. Hi Paige, I was born in Central Illinois and your blog title got my attention when I was reading http://www.eatliverun.com. (I had a feeling you lived in Normal!)

    Good luck with your writing endeavors. I look forward to reading more of your site.

  15. Just found your blog and I love it!! Can’t wait to read more!! 🙂

  16. Love the blog! I hope you’re having fun discovering Normal- I drive through central Illinois often and it reminds me of my hometown- sometimes you have to make your own fun… 🙂

  17. Normal is the funniest name for a town. Ha!!! Clever name for a blog too.

    I’m married to the love of my life (for almost 11 years!!) and we have a dog name Nico too!!! I love that name. I always thought it was a really cool name when I listened to the Velvet Underground and now I have a very awkward pug who would not be cool if she were a person. We love her anyway!

    Nice to meet you. 🙂

  18. Hi! I saw your comment on HTP, and I wondered if Normal meant Normal, IL. I also went to ISU, and I was a Comm Studies major. We actually graduated together. Kinda crazy.

  19. Hey, I know where Normal is, I go to U of I 🙂

    Great fitness story btw. Congrats on getting more active and running races!

  20. I don’t think I realized that you lived in Normal! I’m from IL but I have lived in OH for 5 years.

  21. hey, I found you via blog hopping, but I actually *kinda* know where Normal is (I live in Michigan). love your blog so far, can’t wait to read more!

  22. I just found you through your Faith, Fitness and Fun guest blog and am so inspired by you! I am DYING to parlay my love of fitness into a career and don’t even know where to begin. Help, please!! 🙂

  23. Hi Paige, I just came across your blog and wanted to say that I love it! Looking forward to reading more 🙂

  24. Hi Paige – I just stumbled onto your page. I was reading and thinking to myself…”is she talkinga bout normal, il? I just graduated from ISU last year! I “ran around normal” a lot too!

  25. Hey Paige,
    I’ve really enjoyed reading your page. I’m a runner too from South East Georgia. Had a stress fracture after my first half marathon. But now I’m back at it. I’m kinda new to the whole blog thing but I’d love to follow you on here (and have you follow me) — still trying to figure that part out though. 🙂

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  27. Hi, nice to meet you !

  28. no offense, but never having starbucks?!?!?!

    so NOT normal! treat yourself!!

  29. Hi Paige!

    I’m about 30 miles north of you 🙂 I also love to run and workout! Maybe I’ll see you at a race one day!

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