A Pepper on the Comeback Trail



Pepper has written 100 posts on Salty Running.

An environmental consultant with a passion for running and its many facets including marathons, pacing, ultras and more. Chronic left side issues have me cycling more than running these days but I still think fondly of my recent efforts to be sub-elite.

We might be serious about our running, but Salty and I know how to have fun!

Hello Salty Running readers. Pepper here. Salty is a good friend of mine and I am honored to join the fab writers contributing to her awesome website!  I look forward to the camaraderie and learning experience this site will provide not only myself but other women runners!

A bit about me: I am coming off of a year that involved many personal struggles. Most of them outside of running, but many with running too.  As my running world came crashing down around me I was forced to focus on life’s real issues. It’s amazing how easy it is to use running to avoid dealing with other life stuff.

I am currently rebuilding my life and my running career and the outcome so far has been pleasantly surprising. I went from near break down in April of 2011 and struggled to maintain some semblance of fitness until November to run a fabulous, yet painful marathon.

After a few months of next to no training and dealing with life’s everyday stresses I was able to get back on the training wagon this January. Within two weeks of restarting my training I surprised myself with a fast 5k win at a local race and since then I have literally been off and running.


On my way to a surprising comeback 5k win!

While 2012 is a rebuilding year for me mentally and physically I do have some aggressive goals and hopes to get faster in all distances. I’m racing (yes I said racing, eep!) Boston in less than 2 weeks and hoping for a quick recovery so I can contribute to a super fast women’s Great Lakes Relay team this summer. Given my running history going from a 3:39 marathon debut in 2004 to a PR of 2:49 in 2010 I know I can achieve aggressive goals. So, I am hopeful these new goals will be achieved. Regardless of the outcome I plan to have tons of fun on the journey!

Along those lines, life is never boring for me, and with no real filter expect my posts to say exactly what I am thinking. I am excited to share my journey here and perhaps voice a few more riské topics than you might expect on a running website. As an intelligent, strong, competitive woman I think it is important to share how I have arrived to this stage of life confident, happy, and faster than ever.

As the name Pepper implies my posts might be on the spicier side while I discuss coming back from injury, discovering my real self, running bonds, lessons learned, and how a little spicy fun in life can enhance and possibly even improve your running!

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  1. Jessica B. says:

    Thanks for sharing this, looking forward to reading more. Best of luck in Boston! By far my favorite race.

  2. Pepper Pepper says:

    Thanks Jessica! I’m looking forward to sharing my little running story here! Boston is definitely an experience!

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