I’ve often said “I didn’t find running, but rather running found me.” The beautiful thing is; it’s been showing me who I am ever since.
Throughout high school I dabbled in several different sports, mostly with the goal of getting out of school for travel games and the enjoyment of being part of a team. Of all the sports I participated in, cross country was my least favorite and most short lived. I quit the team after just one semester.
It wasn’t until some 15 years later and a multitude of life experiences, that running made it’s full circle and found its way back to me.
I found myself obese and on a series of prescription medications and I was at a crossroad. I made a goal to lose 65lbs in a year and get off all medications. I fell 5lbs short of my goal when a close friend suggested we sign up for the Big Sur 21 mile jog. After months of training I decided to upgrade to the marathon. Not fully understanding the magnitude of what I had taken on, I bravely pushed forward and completed one of the hardest things I had ever done. Despite the pain and suffering I experienced during the event, the accomplishment I felt as a result of enduring and overcoming was a strength that was powerful and new to me…and I liked it!!
After 3 short years, I found my way to the trails and then to Ultra Running. The concept of pushing myself beyond 26.2 was hard to fathom, but I had a drive and hunger to see what my body and mind were capable of.
It turned out that Ultras suited me quite well and I experienced unexpected success early on in my racing. I realized that while I’m not the fastest runner out there, I have the ability to suffer and endure more than most. Through that suffering and endurance, I have learned to listen to my body, recognize my strengths and weaknesses, and use that information accordingly. I have also learned that so much of what I experience while training and racing Ultras directly connects with everyday life; commitment, discipline, and growth to name a few. It’s these lessons that I want to share with others.
My desire is that through understanding of the Ultra Running culture and the practice of all aspects of the sport, others will discover their personal inner strengths and reach potentials they didn’t previously see possible as well.