I have lived
many lives. The first one was about 19
years of sitting on the couch and eating donuts, I hated myself
and felt like I
had no purpose. I soon became bored and
was introduced to mountain biking. I
started racing and found myself finally having fun and making friends! I took my cycling from cross country racing
to becoming aprofessional downhill mountain bike racer. Several injuries later (including a broken
back and multiple concussions) I took up mountain climbing to satisfy that need
for adventure while not landing on my head so much. Mountain climbing was exhilarating and fun
but SLOW! Lugging around 60-120lbs of
crap really got the wheels turning as I began to wonder about travelling light
mountain climbing life a friend dared me to try long distance trail
running. I ran a 16 mile trail race
without training, partially because the doctor told me I would never run after
my injury and the other because I thought it was completely absurd to run in the
woods. I caught wind of a 50 mile race
in VT that September (2005?) and thought it would be hilarious to do something
so stupid. I hurt myself trying a trail
marathon about a month after the 16 miler and came back the next year to finish
that trail marathon and finish the VT 50 without training. I chased cutoffs and had the time of my
life! Running an annual 50 miler without
training became my stupid human feat each year.
several high mountains including Denali I started to become tired of carrying
heavy packs and seeing people die.
Honestly, I don’t know how I am still alive with all of the really
stupid stuff I did in the mountains.
Ignorance is bliss, right? I met
my husband at my annual “run a 50 miler without training because it is funny”
and I soon signed up for a 100 miler. I
went from zero miles a week to a lot of miles and tried to train. In 2011 I broke my pubic bone and tore my
adductor muscle in two places due to overtraining and was on
bed rest. I didn’t listen to the doctor and kept trying
to run. 2011 was the worst year of my
life. In October when I re-injured
myself I took 4 months off and Jan 1, 2012 found an incredible physical
therapist (Amber Ferriera-pro triathlete) and an amazing running coach (Jack
Pilla) to help me run again. What
happened next blew my mind, I fell in love with running.
comes from so many places. I am inspired
by the people I surround myself with in my life. My original running inspiration came from Deb
Livingston after I threw up trying to hang with her on a hill in a 14 mile
trail race. She was 7.5 months
pregnant. She seemed so happy and her
love of running ma
de me want to be able to run like her.
I find that so
far my favorite distance is 50 miles.
The 50 mile races are fun because they a bit slower than a 50k and
faster than a 100 mile. I am terrified
of the dark so anything longer than 100k is a bit of a production for me
because I won’t run alone in the dark and I hate to inconvenience people to
come run with me during a race. When it
gets dark in a race I am certainly motivated to run faster, even with company I
am scared out of my mind! If I ever run
a 100 and see something scary like a mountain lion in the dark I can promise
you I will set a record on that course that will never be broken!!! ;)
I run to keep
me calm and focused, I run to fix lifes problems, I run because it inspires
others to chase their dreams, I run because it keeps me healthy, I run because
it brings me to beautiful places with beautiful people, I run because each step
takes me further away from the demons of my past but also takes me closer to a
beautiful future, I run because it is fun and most of all I run because it
makes me happy.
Some of my
personal goals are selfish. I want to be
the best runner I can be. I want to be
able to run with the fastest women in the world. I want to change peoples outlook on their
lives and show them that you can come from the back of the pack and work your
way up to the front if you are willing to work hard and make sacrifices. I want to make the world a happier place, one
runner at a time.
I hope to
transition my career from dental hygiene to coaching beginner runners and
helping sedentary people live a healthy life, find a lifelong hobby and inspire
their friends and family to do the same.
We need an outlet from our daily stresses that is not drinking alcohol,
smoking a cigarette, sitting in front of a television or being angry. My first group of beginners that I am
coaching are proof that I cannot change the entire world, but I can slowly
change lives one person at a time and becoming a sponsored runner has given me
an opportunity to reach out and give people the gift of happiness through
Along with my
coaching I hope to continue putting on races that are fun for all ages and
abilities. Currently I put on an 8 week
summer series (fundraiser-not for profit) that has races for toddlers,
beginners and competitive athletes. This
first year was a success and I hope to give families a chance to enjoy a fun
summer event together for many years to come.
My dreams are
always changing and that is the beauty of dreams! My biggest dream is to become one of the
worlds best trail runners. I do not need
to be the fastest but I want to be able to compete with the best. When I raced at Cranmore this summer I got to
meet some of the most amazing athletes I had ever seen! It was such an inspiration to do everything I
could to become one of those girls! The
best part was that they were really nice and even took the time to chat with
me! I dream of inspiring people through
my running and always being approachable, kind and genuine.
would love to combine my mountain climbing skills with my running and be able
to move quickly and comfortably on some very cool mountains! Killian Jornet is a huge inspiration behind
that goal and Uli was certainly the first one to blow my mind when I saw him on
the North Face of the Eiger (which I would love to climb someday) Being able to race in another country would
be incredible too!
final dream is to leave behind a legacy.
I want to change lives, inspire those who need hope, help people find
their inner happiness and to live a peaceful life. We live in such a fast paced world and people
are angry with their jobs, their health, and their lives and feel trapped! Coming from my old life where I was angry and
miserable I am living proof that finding a healthy outlet and healthy friendships can change the way you see the world. We need to remove ourselves sometimes from
the stress and negativity and go outside and just be free. Everyone deserves
health and happiness.
Photo Credit: Top three pictures: Philbrick Photography. My friend's baby Avery: Miriam Wilcox. Cayuga Finish: IrunFar Ryan and I at our wedding: Gianina Lindsey.