Well hello there. I’m Hops, a former three time All-American at James Madison University, currently on the comeback train after having my second child.
I got my start in running as a mediocre hurdler and high jumper, who later turned into a decent distance runner. I was injured a lot in high school and, although I ended up choosing a college with a great running program, I wasn’t initially planning on running. I didn’t think I had what it takes to run in college, let alone at the D1 level.
But something gnawed at me once I set foot on campus, and I decided to talk with the coach and see if they’d let me walk on. Somehow I eked onto the team with my meager running resume. I was the slowest woman on the team. I barely talked during any of my freshman cross country season runs because I was so out of shape. I barely survived practice, just holding on for dear life at the back of the pack.