Hello everyone! I am so pumped to be joining the Salty Running crew! The women writing here have been inspiring to me, and I am honored to be able to write alongside them!
But first things first. I should tell you a few things about myself and my running career. I am entering my senior year of college, running three seasons per year (cross country, indoor and outdoor track) for a DIII school near Baltimore, MD. I will actually be starting preseason (a.k.a. cross country camp) this coming week, almost two and a half solid weeks of nothing but running two-a-days, sleeping, eating, and endless Gilmore Girls marathons.
I have not always been a runner, though. Growing up, I dabbled in soccer and softball, and remember being the first girl to finish the mile in elementary school in 6:56, so I guess I’ve always had a knack for running. After a tumultuous freshman year of college during which all I wanted to do was transfer, I decided to ask the coach and athletic director if I could walk on to the cross country team. I had run a 5K earlier that spring and thought I could make friends if I joined. The coach said I could make it if I survived preseason and the dreaded 2-mile time trial. That time trial, the inaugural first-day-of-practice-workout, was my first time ever running on a track. I finished in 14:23, and by the season’s end, had improved that time to 13:51. I can now run a 2-mile in around 12:45.
Naturally, I fell in love with track, running, and my team. My favorite part of running is racing, and outdoor track is my favorite season! That’s not to say my running career has been all sunshine and rainbows and PRs. I got very caught up with my emotions during this past outdoor track season and ended up with a stress injury in my left metatarsal, forcing me to take nearly two months off. Granted, I did get to travel to China and the West Coast, but I sure did miss running.
Again, I am so excited to post here because what Salty Running does is incredible — a tiny corner of the internet can bring together women, empower them, and give them tools they need for success not only in running, but in life. Running is more than moving one leg in front of the other — it’s the relationships formed, the endorphin rush afterwards, and hey, even the embarrassment you may or may not feel while searching every store within a 1-block radius for a bathroom on a long run.
With this upcoming season, I hope to bounce back on my feet. I hate being down for any period of time and am so ready to help my team towards a conference championship, get into graduate school for English literature, and try to find some time for myself! Hopefully I can give a little insight into what it’s like to be a college athlete! I can’t wait to discuss all of these things and more, and hopefully inspire you as much as these amazing women have inspired me. Keep running!