I have been running all my life, in one way or another. I had so much energy my parents insisted I had to be involved with a sport all year ’round. At the age of six they started me in every sport they could sign me up for, and I stuck with two things; soccer and track…because I could run, and run myself silly!
I ran my first road race with my dad at age 11, it was a fourth of July race, and I came in second in the 16 and under age group. From then on I was always running, or training for soccer by running.
I opted not to run track in college and took a year off from activity all together, but soon I realized I missed running and started putting together training programs just for fun.
After college my, then, boyfriend (now husband) decided he wanted to run half marathons, so for fun I joined in. My first half was the Rock and Roll Virginia Beach with a time of 1:28. After calling a few family members and confirming this was actually a decent time for someone who was spending most of her time frantically working to pay back college loans, I decided I needed to run a few more races.
I ran several more half marathons, with a pr of 1:26 before running anything longer. On a dare I ran the Philly Marathon, with a time of 3:00:53, but soon after my father in law became ill and I put racing aside for several years, as it just sort of “knocked the wind out of my sails.”
Fast forward to 2009, we moved to Chapel Hill, NC and through a friend and neighbor I found myself getting into trail and ultra racing. I am now part of a fun running group called the TrailHeads, and have been running ultra’s ever since!
The first being the Uwharrie 40 miler, yes I just had to immediately jump into a 40 mile race for my first trail race. I surprised myself by coming in as the second place women. Since then some of my notable finishes include Bull Run Run 2013, 1st place female, Pinhoti 100 2013, 5th place female, Uwharrie 20 mile mountain run 2013, 2nd place female, Mount Mitchell 40 mile Challenge; 3rd place female, Grindstone 100, 5th place female and most recently I set a new CR at Thomas Jefferson 100k and won the Cruel Jewel 50 mile race, coming in 3rd overall.
My happy place is running on roads or trails near my house with my favorite training buddy, my wippet/lab mix, Emmitt.