In my early years, I had dreams of being part of the USA Olympic Gymnastics Team, a dream that was realized…in my backyard. Later, I traded my love for backyard gymnastics for running track as a social activity when I was 13-years-old. This led me to run cross country and track throughout high school and as a walk-on my junior and senior years at Colorado State University. During all of these years, I had never earned a state title and never even won a race, but I loved what running brought to my life. Following college, I ventured into the marathon distance, where I found my passion.
It took me nearly 15 years to win my first race…like, ever. Finally in 2015, I won the Chi Town Half Marathon and this has propelled me to chase down more goals. I won the 2017 Colfax Marathon in Denver and am still proudly the current course record holder with a time of 2:52. I decided that this time was grounds to quit my job and pursue running full time (thank goodness for naivety, huh?).
I started racing professional shortly after Colfax and qualified for the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials at the Los Angeles Marathon in 2018 with a time of 2:36:34. I matched this P.R. with a 17th overall finish and 10th American woman in the TCS New York City Marathon in 2018.
As I was gearing up to run the 2019 London Marathon, two weeks before the race I was hit with a back injury that didn’t allow me to run. This was one of my biggest blessings in disguise because it led me to really owning my approach to running by incorporating weekly themes into my training. Running should be fun! Thanks to the “nudge” from my coach, I ventured into the trail running world in order to train on softer surfaces. And who knew that I would actually LOVE it! Me, a die-hard road runner, rocking my pink crop tops on the gritty trails.
As I continue to train and race, I love running more than ever! Running brings me sanity, joy, challenge and adventure. I’ve met some of the most interesting people through running, including my incredible Dream Team who is supporting me along the way to achieving my biggest dreams.