My Story

I always hated running.

I grew up playing basketball where running was our punishment. It wasn’t fun, it hurt, I was not a fan.  I wasn’t that great of an athlete, but I put my heart and soul into it while I was playing and loved every second of it.  I loved being an athlete and having a purpose to what I was doing with exercise.

I graduated high school, went to college, lost interest in sports and was not active for the first 2 years.  My junior year I started working out to lose the freshman 15+ and became a gym junkie. I spent hours in the gym everyday and loved it.  I loved cardio, I loved weights and I just loved working out and being in shape, but the gym did get a little boring.

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After graduating college, I got married and I entered the real world where I didn’t really have the extra hours anymore to spend in the gym with my 40+ hour a week job and 10+ hour a week commute. I did what I could but I definitely wasn’t fulfilled. After a couple years with ups and downs of exercise, I ended up getting a new job with no commute, and had all this extra time on my hands. At the same time, my husband Chris and I were looking for a new challenge since we were at kind of a lull with life.

It was close to New Years 2008 that a flyer came in the mail to run The San Francisco Marathon through Train to End Stroke (a fundraising organization similar to Team in Training). It sounded fun, I knew people who had trained for running races and I was always very intrigued and envious of them. We went to a meeting and I somehow was talked into not just the half but the FULL marathon. The most I had ever run was 3, maybe 4 miles. I was scared, I couldn’t even fathom running that far, but I signed up and soaked up every ounce of information I could along the way.

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February 9th, 2008 I ran my first mile of marathon training and August 3rd, 2008 I crossed the finish line of my first full marathon. In between those two dates I fell in love with running and haven’t stopped since.

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After my first marathon I decided I wanted to qualify for the Boston Marathon. I tried in December 2008 (CIM), May 2009 (Eugene) and October 2009 (Cowtown) and fell short each time, but kept on trying. In December 2009 (CIM) everything finally came together and I made it to the finish line in 3:39:34 and got my BQ. It is by far the highlight of my running story so far and was the hardest thing I have ever done. My first race ever was a 5k in March 2008 where my average pace was 8:20 and less than 2 years later I turned that into my full marathon pace.

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At the beginning of 2010 I shifted my focus from fast courses to scenic courses and ran the Big Sur Marathon, the most challenging but most beautiful course I have ran.  In December 2010 I attempted to PR at CIM again and fell short but finished marathon #8 with a smile.

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I finally lived my long awaited dream on April 18th, 2011 by running the Boston Marathon.  It was everything I ever imagined it would be and much more.  13 days later I lined up at the start line of the Big Sur Marathon, also marathon #10, as part of the Boston 2 Big Sur challenge and was able to run another strong marathon.  These 2 races I consider to be my “happiest races”, they may not have been my fastest, but I had a blast, smiled the whole way and just loved being out there running. 

In July, I ran the San Francisco Marathon as a “training run” for the Portland Marathon, and ended up burned out, exhausted and ready for a break.  I decided not to run the Portland Marathon and took the fall off from training plans where I ended up rediscovering my love for running and fell in love with the trails. 

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After a few months of running for fun, I relit my fire for training and decided to tackle a goal I had been thinking about for years… an ultra-marathon.  But not just any ultra, I signed up for a 50 miler!  I created a hard, challenging training plan and pushed my limits when it came to mileage and distance.  At the same time, I completely fell in love with training, running and the trails and found myself exactly where I wanted to be with my running.  On April 7th, I crossed the finish line of my first 50 miler (American River 50)and had the most amazing race and life experiences to date.

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I haven’t decided what is next for 2012, but I can tell you it will include a lot more dirt, hills and trails than it has in the past. 

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Running makes me feel like an athlete again. It makes me appreciate different aspects of different seasons. It makes me aware of things I never was aware of before. It has taught me more about myself then I ever thought "exercise" would. I have pushed my limits. I have found some limits. I have learned I am not a quitter and that I can do anything I put my mind to. It gives me structure and helps relieve stress, but mostly it just makes me happy.

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I am a 30 year old girl, married to my best friend, fur-mom to a rottweiler, yellow lab and 2 cats, a Capricorn, an accountant, and lover of all things running.

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This is where I let it all out.

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