I first met Salty about 6 years ago. At that time, we were both rather new to running competitively (at least I was) and we were both complete marathon newbies. We stumbled upon each other while we were both trying to gather up as much information possible to do our very best in our first marathons. At that time, it was very difficult to find much information on marathoning, high level training for amateurs or women-specific running/life issues. But, there was a small niche on a site called Cool Running, where we swapped training stories and race reports for quite some time. Years and many big life changes later (job changes, marriage, babies), here we are. Still running and still navigating the crazy course of life.
And how great is this? Salty has started up this amazing community where we can share information, advice, perspectives and experience. I am thrilled to be a part of it, and I hope in some way, my experiences and information can be of some value to you.
Me? I am a 38 year old marathoner. I love the journey of the marathon and marathon training – even though sometimes the end result can admittedly be heartbreaking. I am not a particularly talented runner like some of the fasties on here, but I love running and I work hard to be the best runner I can be. I am married to a great guy, have 2 supah amazing boys and am an intellectual property lawyer. I am also highly involved in Girls on the Run. Oh, and I should mention my husband is also a lawyer and in a rock band. So we spend much of our time juggling priorities and nurturing one another so we can all fit in the things we love and maintain our sanity.
Currently, I am in full taper mode for my 13th marathon. Lucky 13, baby!! I have switched up my training entirely this season (more on that later) and am working with a local coach. This is new for me. And pretty exciting! I will toe the line at the Wisconsin Marathon on May 5, and hopefully I will have a great race report to share with you soon.
I am also in training with my boys. Being raised by an avid runner, they naturally have always wanted to run with me. Yes, it is as fabulous as you would think. They are also fast these days, and I am having a blast training and running with them. So be prepared to hear about the joy, challenges, and pride in inspiring our next generation to move and be moved.
That’s all for now. See you in a few miles.