Hi Saltines! Call me Lavender! I’m a runner in Saint Paul, Minnesota, trying to find my place in post-collegiate running. Other things I do include calligraphy, cooking, reading, working a desk job at an insurance company, and binge-watching a staggering number of shows, most recently The Mindy Project, On My Block, Catastrophe, Gilmore Girls, Workin’ Moms, and Great News.
I may not be as fast as I wish (is anyone?), but I have been running for a long time. I am currently one year out of college and have been running since third grade! It all started with a program in my school district called Marathon Kids: running 26.2 miles over the course of a semester would earn me a free t-shirt. By the end of the semester, I was hooked. My first race was a Christmas Lights 5K with my dad.
By my junior year of high school I’d been running track for several years, and liked where I was headed. I figured if I kept improving at the rate I had been in 9th and 10th grade, maybe there was a tiny chance I’d have a shot at walking onto a Division I collegiate team. But I got injured for most of junior year, and by the time senior year came around, running felt almost foreign. Every race hurt so badly and it didn’t feel worth the struggle. I was honestly relieved that I wasn’t going to have to continue this torture in college. Read more >>