A Pepper on the Comeback Trail

We might be serious about our running, but Salty and I know how to have fun!

Hello Salty Running readers. Pepper here. Salty is a good friend of mine and I am honored to join the fab writers contributing to her awesome website!  I look forward to the camaraderie and learning experience this site will provide not only myself but other women runners!

A bit about me: I am coming off of a year that involved many personal struggles. Most of them outside of running, but many with running too.  As my running world came crashing down around me I was forced to focus on life’s real issues. It’s amazing how easy it is to use running to avoid dealing with other life stuff.

I am currently rebuilding my life and my running career and the outcome so far has been pleasantly surprising. I went from near break down in April of 2011 and struggled to maintain some semblance of fitness until November to run a fabulous, yet painful marathon.

After a few months of next to no training and dealing with life’s everyday stresses I was able to get back on the training wagon this January. Within two weeks of restarting my training I surprised myself with a fast 5k win at a local race and since then I have literally been off and running.

On my way to a surprising comeback 5k win!

While 2012 is a rebuilding year for me mentally and physically I do have some aggressive goals and hopes to get faster in all distances. I’m racing (yes I said racing, eep!) Boston in less than 2 weeks and hoping for a quick recovery so I can contribute to a super fast women’s Great Lakes Relay team this summer. Given my running history going from a 3:39 marathon debut in 2004 to a PR of 2:49 in 2010 I know I can achieve aggressive goals. So, I am hopeful these new goals will be achieved. Regardless of the outcome I plan to have tons of fun on the journey!

Along those lines, life is never boring for me, and with no real filter expect my posts to say exactly what I am thinking. I am excited to share my journey here and perhaps voice a few more riské topics than you might expect on a running website. As an intelligent, strong, competitive woman I think it is important to share how I have arrived to this stage of life confident, happy, and faster than ever.

As the name Pepper implies my posts might be on the spicier side while I discuss coming back from injury, discovering my real self, running bonds, lessons learned, and how a little spicy fun in life can enhance and possibly even improve your running!

A gal on a mission to save Cuyahoga County streams one storm water facility at a time. An ex runner of many facets including marathons, pacing, ultras and more. Chronic left side issues have me cycling more than running these days but I'm attempting to get back to my running roots.

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  1. Thanks Jessica! I’m looking forward to sharing my little running story here! Boston is definitely an experience!