This blog outlines my pursuit of my passion and the adventurous journeys that I go on in pursuit of the runner’s high.
The first time I went running in my adult life was on a trail….I just didn’t realize it at the time. My mom was the manager of a nature reserve and trails is what we had in our backyard. At the time though, I was just running. Just an excuse to put down the video game controller or the comic book and become a little less awkward.
This habit continued off and on through college on the roads when one of my new friends and I would regularly wake up early and run along the beaches in Santa Barbara. I distinctly remember the one time we ended up running over 13 miles and were so proud of ourselves. I think at the time I didn’t even know marathons were a thing. At this point, I was running to burn off the extra calories that college has to offer.
In 2007, my friend Denise and I had the bright idea to train for a marathon while living in 29 Palms, CA. This was the first time since 2000 that I surpassed 13 miles again. I learned during this event that: marathons are hard and I want to do another one. Fast forward seven years and I had done at least a marathon a year for seven years. More of a runner for sure, but I was in a boom and bust cycle.
It was in 2013, at my first trail race, where my boom and bust cycle turned into a boom and boom cycle. Between the community at the races and this knowledge that while running up hills was hard, it was also possible, my running life was transformed. The possibilities became endless and the pursuit enlivened.
Since that moment, I have explored countless trails, run a handful of ultramarathons, and have maintained a consistency in running that was previously unattainable. I continue to pursue this venture with passion and exuberance. I’m not always good at training consistently, but I’m usually good at having fun when I’m out on the trail!
Based on nutrition and shoe preferences I have had the good fortune of being chosen as a member of the Tailwind Trailblazers and the Altra Ambassador program. I am happy to share any information on these products, so if you have any questions, feel free to ask.
See you on the trail! Get out there and have fun!