The Short Version
I like to challenge myself. I appreciate my body’s ability to take me to new places and always want to see more of the world. My friends call me the Punisher, mostly because I like to get the most out of life but also because that usually means I go one step beyond comfortable. So far, it has always been worth it.
The Long Version
I really really like running. I love exploring. Somehow it took me 27 years to realize that I could do both of these things at once while also feeding my competitive drive. While I ran track and cross-country in college, I was not a contributing member of the team. I walked on my sophomore year mostly in search of the team dynamic I was missing after 14 years of competitive soccer. I didn’t have much self-belief in my running ability and the coaching environment at that time was not very supportive. My team mates were great and I had a lot of fun, but I did not leave college looking toward the next stage of my running “career” (lol).
I never ran consistently after college but ticked off a few big races (and lots of smaller ones) nonetheless. I decided to run the Boston Marathon before moving away, and while I had good training ethic from college, some of the motivation waned in those cold winter Boston months. While living in London for grad school I ran a few 10Ks, a couple half marathons and a very painful London Marathon but never even thought about trail running and couldn’t squeeze in more than a few runs a week with my rigorous academic (and beer drinking) schedule.
My now husband and I eventually moved to the Bay Area and I decided I wanted to run on trails. I signed up for some random St. Paddy’s day half marathon at the park near where we lived. I studied the course map and went out to the park for a training run. I could barely make it 6 miles. I never ran that race and it took me 3 years to finally run a trail race.
I do wish I had found trail running and consistent training earlier in my life because I worry that I have squandered years at my physical peak and I really want to know how fast I can be. That being said, I am really excited to see what the future holds now that I have a great coach and a supportive community.
I am excited to join the Salomon National US team in 2019 after almost 2 years as an ambassador. I am proud to be part of a brand that makes exceptional gear for mountain athletes and cultivates a passion for pushing limits but having fun while doing so.
I have been a fan of Sufferfest Beer since they launched and love they way they celebrate the local endurance athlete community, foster sustainability and set a shining example of the power of woman owned business. Their beer also rocks!
2019 is my second year with the support of Gu Energy Labs for my pre, post and during race nutrition needs. I love that they are a local company with such a strong passion for what they do as well as being a steward for our environment.
I am excited to join the Squirrels Nut Butter Elite team in 2019. I love this product and my nickname in HS was squirrely so it seems like a no brainer.
I have been working with Hal to stay healthy for several years, so it is super cool to have his support for my 2019 season. Having a sports chiro in my corner who I can trust is really invaluable to my training and racing.
2019 will be my second year as an InsideTracker athlete and I am so grateful for their support. They have helped me stay on track with key biomarkers and even saved my goal race in 2018 by identifying an issue and providing guidance on how best to course correct.