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When I started running almost 15 years ago on a suggestion from a friend, the idea of running 1 mile without walking was daunting. Seriously, I thought running a mile straight through was a pretty big deal. Still, I was talked into signing up for the Houston half. The race wasn’t pretty – I didn’t have a plan, or a clue about what I was doing, I was simply gutting it out. However, finishing the half that day, a feat that previously seemed out of reach for me, was exhilarating.
Honestly, I didn’t particularly like running back then, but I loved the race experience and decided to tackle a sprint triathlon. Over the years I tackled many more of those, along with adventure races, and still running was just something I had to do in order to those sports. Until one day, it wasn’t.
Suddenly, I realized, I loved running! That’s when I found Runners High and began forging more friendships. The support, the plan, the information, the coaches, it was all a game changer for me. Fast forward years later and running ultra-marathons with many of those same friends, running was/is a central part of my life.
In short, running changed the entire trajectory of my life and it all started with that first mile. Now the science of nutrition and fitness is a passion and I strive to learn more and be better every day. I look forward to sharing what I have learned and encouraging others to tackle their goals and find joy in running.