Thanks for stopping by! A little background about me.
I was never a runner. Okay, maybe a tried to be. In high school, some friends were going to run cross country. I figured I should too. That was pretty funny. I can remember walking most of the races because of my asthma. I decided I wasn’t cut out for it and stuck to leadership roles.
The same went for college-no sports, just fun. I put on the Freshman 40? Not kidding. I could drink a 12 pack with the boys no problem. Exercising wasn’t that important to me-I would walk with sorority sisters every now and then and that was that.
SO-as you can see. NOT an athlete. Or so I thought.
Post college I started running to take the weight off-never more than 3-4 miles-never ran a race. Simply a 30 minute cardio routine with some walk breaks in there too.
I was fresh out of a breakup at the beginning of 2009 and I needed a goal, something to take my focus off of that person. So I signed up for a 1/2 marathon. I skipped attempting a 5K, 10K, or any other distance-I just dove right in. I followed Hal Higdon’s Beginner Training program to a T-crossing off each day as I completed it (side note: new asthma medicine had me running with ease). I completed that race with a 1:59 and realized I wasn’t so bad at this running thing. I was hooked.
I started my quest to run a half or a full marathon in all 50 states (plus DC) in 2010. In the past 6 years, running has brought me more highs and lows than you could ever imagine. I’ve completed over 40 half marathons and 8 marathons and I did what I thought was the unachievable, I qualified for the Boston Marathon and will be running my first Boston in April 2016. I don’t have a time goal to finish my 50 states- my goal is to enjoy each one, find the best bling out there and really explore the country so I try and find the best race possible in each state.
Things that have shaped me as a person and a runner that were completely unexpected-I was assaulted on a run in 2012. I definitely learned to ALWAYS be aware of your surrounds no matter where you are and how safe you think you are. Luckily, he was caught and after 1.5 years of waiting on the judicial system he is currently in prison.
I also had a labral tear and surgery in 2013 (to say that 2013 sucked is kind of an understatement) and it was a true challenge to stay motivated but I documented the entire thing along the way and it’s been a huge reminder to not take a day for granted when it comes to your physical health and I really try to live each day to the fullest.
My other biggest high behind my BQ, friendships and travel was meeting my now husband, Rich at Ragnar Trail ATL in 2013. He’s a triathlete, I’m the runner and we had the wedding and honeymoon that fit us perfectly. We just moved back to my hometown, Mobile, Alabama in February of 2016 with our dog, Olive. I am a huge Auburn fan, work in sales in the skincare industry, and love spending my extra time with yoga, cooking and decorating our new home. I’m an ambassador for my two favorite running companies and products, ProCompression and Nuun Hydration, too.
Follow along to see more adventures of life and racing the states. Thanks for reading!