Where do I start when talking about myself? Running is clearly a big part of my life, but not the only thing. I was born and raised and still reside in Upstate, NY (No, it's not anywhere near NYC). I work in finance by day and can usually be found running around a bar or restaurant working part time a few days a week as well(to fund the next running adventure). When not running, I'm usually hanging out at home with my boyfriend and our two dogs. We lead a pretty simple life, but in the best way. We love our time together, with friends or family as well. I try not to take anything too seriously, and I try to be as positive but also as real as possible. I don't want to sugarcoat anything, or pretend life is always awesome. All things considered though, I'm a pretty lucky person and know I have a LOT to be thankful for. I also write under the alias Barley over at Salty Running, where I am the resident beer drinker and numbers nerd.
How did I get started with running?Well I have been a runner as long as I can remember, chasing cookies and boys and whatever else. I started running track in 7th grade and I never looked back. Although I was not a distance runner by any means. My love for the sport gained me some recognition in college at the national level, being named All-American will always be one of my most proud accomplishments. But I was a much different runner back then, hell I got mad if coach made me run anything more than an 800.
After getting sick in 2009, having my world turned upside down- I ran my first 5k. You can read more about that here, it's more about how I got started in 'distance' running (5k definitely used to be distance for me) and how I used running as a tool mentally and physically.
In 2010 I ran my first half- marathon, and was officially hooked. I continued to run MANY races varying from 5k-13.1. But I decided in late fall of 2010 that I wanted more- here enters the crazy decision to run a marathon. I was convinced I would be one and done, and I was okay with that.
In March 2011 I ran my first marathon, I wasn't sure if I would do another, but the "one and done" was no longer a certainty. I went on to run 2 more marathons in fall of 2011.
In spring of 2012 I was in a pretty bad car accident, and luckily only came out with bumps bruises and a broken foot. I struggled a lot with recovery but ended up coming back stronger than ever. I had to come back from nothing after months off- but ended up coming back with my first BQ and a huge Marathon PR in November of 2012.
If you want to know more about my marathon journey (well, at least the first 5),
As for becoming a Triathlete.....
In 2013 I challenged myself by starting to break into triathlons.
It's still a new adventure for me, but something I have really learned to enjoy.
I did my first multi sport event ever in the spring, followed by my first triathlon, and then my first half-ironman that summer. Eventually I plan on doing another half as well as a full-Ironman. Someday.
As you can tell, I love this whole one foot in front of the other thing. It's a huge part of my life and I don't hide that, nor am I ashamed of that. It's a passion that I don't ever see fading, nor would I ever want it to.
Thanks for Reading!