Running has always been a part of my life, even if it wasn’t me who was doing the running. My mom was the runner of the family, always doing this 10k or that marathon. I looked up to her in a “that’s cool but I don’t want to do it” way. That didn’t stop her from signing me up for shorter races but something about it just never stuck with me.
But then college happened, and it wasn’t long before lack of organized sports, and the endless supply of food in the cafeteria started to catch up to me. I noticed my pants getting a little tight. I could have been like the a lot of college freshmen and just bought new clothes, but I decided at that moment I never wanted to buy bigger pants. I started heading to the gym twice a week and the only thing I knew to do was get on the treadmill and run. Two days a week turned into three, and then four, and eventually I graduated to running outside. Though I never ran very far or fast, or kept any kind of consistent schedule or plan, I still considered myself a runner.
In 2006 I spent a summer living in San Francisco, and one day on the BART I saw an advertisement to join Team AIDS and fund raise to train for a half marathon. I’m not sure what it was that sparked my interest enough for me to attend an information session, or even to sign up for the program, but I did, and my life was forever changed. I was fitted for my first pair of real running shoes, I made running friends, and I was totally bitten by the distance running bug.
Since then I have become a full fledged running addict. For me it goes beyond just general fitness. I run because I love pushing myself. I run because I love the way it clears my mind. I run because I love to eat, and I live by the phrase, “never buy bigger pants”. I run because I am not coordinated enough to play other sports. I have run marathons, converted my husband from a non-exerciser to a fellow runner, met amazing people and spent three seasons running for, mentoring, and coaching for Team Challenge. I even joined a running club.
In 2011 I became certified as a RRCA running coach to help new runners achieve longer distances, seasoned runners get faster and everything in between. Check out my coaching page for more info!
When I’m not obsessing about running or fitness, my day job is obsessing over apparel for running and fitness. That’s right, I have the #dreamjob working for Under Armour as an apparel developer. That’s short for taking a 2D concept and making it a 3D reality by assigning garments a set of measurements and construction standards. It’s a challenging and fast paced yet insanely creative and rewarding.
My tagline in life is, “chase the dream” no matter what your dreams or visions might be go at them full force and with everything you have even if they feel impossible. Chase the dream is my daily reminder that it’s not always easy, it’s not always sunshine and rainbows, but hard work pays off in the end. So get out there, chase some dreams and don’t forget to have a little bit of fun along the way.