Greetings, sultry, salty running goddesses! I am so, so happy to be part of the Salty community! I am a typical millennial: in the midst of my quarter life crisis and I haven’t even reached my quarter life yet! Ok, that’s actually a joke. While many in my generation are stereotyped as directionless, I have lots of direction and a lot to be proud of. However, I’m interested in many things and often have too many directions, but running helps keep me grounded. Running is part of my identity, and I couldn’t imagine my life without those 5 A.M. Saturday runs! What do nonrunners do on weekend mornings? Breakfast in bed? Extra cuddles with the cat? I don’t know because every Saturday I’m up before the sun, high-tailing it to the trail with my closest running pals! I grew up in small town Ohio and moved to Columbus to attend Ohio State. I graduated in 2013, and have been unable to end my love affair with Columbus. This city has an amazing running community that I’m thrilled to be part of. People are running everywhere. All. The. Time. I have a pack of road buddies, a little trail gang, and just a whole lot of great running friends here! When I’m not running, I work in finance. I call this my day job. In my free time I write narratives, articles, blog posts, screenplays, and poetry. I write on my own site and for Hello Giggles, which is a positive online community for women curated by actress/musician Zooey Deschanel & pals. I’m usually juggling at least 5 writing projects, 3 books, 3 jobs, a couple races, and multiple fundraisers for those races. That might sound like a crazy schedule, but I firmly believe that with a solid strategy, a cup of tea, and a little classic rock, anything is possible!
Unlike many Salties, I am fairly new to running, but equally as obsessed. I dabbled with a few 5ks in high school, but in the summer of 2010, after my freshman year of college, I signed up for my first half marathon. I trained on my own and knew about … oh, nothing about proper half marathon training. I didn’t have the proper shoes. My diet was not great. I didn’t have a clue about hydration. Gels made me gag. And I ran in cotton. Yikes! Now that I have enough technical race tees to clothe an army, I’ve made lots of more experienced runner friends and I have a few races under my belt, I’m a much more informed runner! My second half marathon happened in the fall of 2011, and my time was 13 minutes faster than my first time. Don’t ask me how that happened though! I’ve now run 5 half marathons, and I’ve been working hard to improve my PR which I set way back in 2012. I’m reallllly hoping it happens when I attempt my 6th half marathon soon! While halfs are clearly my favorite, I finished my first full marathon last October, and it is in the top-ten most memorable moments of my life. I really wanted to focus on my half racing techniques this year, but I am gunning for another full next year!
Shortly after my full marathon last fall, my grandfather passed away. He was like a father to me, and the loss came as a heavy blow. I’ve been coping with his death this entire year, and running has played a huge role in my solace. Running makes me feel close to my grandpa. In races I like to imagine that he is on the sideline, cheering for me as he always did before he fell ill. His memory is a huge motivator for me, in racing, and in all aspects of life. Thank you for having me in this wonderful, loving, overall badass community of women! I’m excited to share my journey with you!