Introducing Oregano!

Pre-Race Thumbs Up
Pre-Race Thumbs Up

Greetings from Portland, Oregon! I am very excited to be joining the Salty crew and sharing my perspective and love for running with all of the amazing women who read and write for Salty Running!

I am a single person enjoying the last year of my 20’s and cheap rent in a house with four other 20-somethings in Portland, OR. I started running in Minnesota when I was 19, for stress relief in college, and totally fell in love. Running in Minnesota was especially great for me as a college kid, as it was pretty much impossible to get lost. Case in point: a typical thought on a run, that farm house looks about two flat, straight miles away.  I ran my first race, a 5k, during my Senior year and came in second with a 22:22. After that I decided to challenge myself and join the track team (I went to a Division III school, so anyone could join). I think this was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made and I really cherished every workout.

After college I wanted to learn more about running, so after moving back home to Portland, OR, I got a job at a running store, started volunteering as an Assistant Coach for a local high school’s cross country team, subscribed to Runner’s World magazine and trained for my first and only (so far) marathon, which I ran in Fall 2008.

I moved on from my job at the running store and became incorporated into the running community in Portland, training with experienced runners and learning from them every day. It was perfect. In Summer 2011 I ran the Foot Traffic Flat Half Marathon in 1:35:20 after starting way too fast and neglecting any sort of fuel along the way. I was very excited to learn from my mistakes and improve for my next race.

salmon river pic
I love my state! (Also bright socks!)

Unfortunately, on August 18, 2011 my running suffered a major setback when I was diagnosed with Pulmonary Emboli (PE), or multiple blood clots in both of my lungs, and also an infarction where part of my lung was cut off from blood flow and died. I also had fluid in my lungs and pneumonia just for the heck of it.

Needless to say, I was unable to run or do any other type of exercise for weeks, and when I was finally allowed to start back, my runs were terrible and the doctors warned me that I might never be able to run normally again. They didn’t know how much of my lung would recover. My mind desperately needed the release of running, but my body was not capable. So, I reset my expectations, took up cycling and swimming, and as much as it pained me, gave running a break.

Three years later, I am back to running and have picked up Triathlons on the way. I set my first PR since the PE last monday, with a 19:19 5K on the track. I am so thankful to be back to running and am excited to get faster in the future, have more memorable and exciting experiences, and stay injury-free!

I will probably write about running while working a full time corporate job, recovering from illness/injury, current events, cross-training and anything else I am curious about.

In my non-working or training time I enjoy reading and writing, eating breakfast foods and drinking coffee, playing the trumpet, visiting museums, and hiking and camping in my adored state of Oregon!

To read Oregano’s first training log, go here!

I'm a proud resident of Portlandia, ex-running store employee, pulmonary emboli conquerer and connoisseur of high fives. I write about running community, trail running/training and anything else that grabs my immediate interest. I'm currently running for fun with my crazy friends - no races on the horizon YET.

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  1. Now I find myself trying to guess which rural DIII school you attended from out of state… my money is on St. Olaf or Carleton, but maybe St. Ben’s or Gustavus… LOL, I’m a native Minnesotan who went to college in the Twin Cities. That lung thing sounds way scary, glad you’re better and back to running!!