I fell in love with running and the feeling of achievement that came from doing something I never thought possible, and doing it well.
In 2007, I decided to start running after seeing actress Katie Holmes run in the NYC Marathon. Taking the attitude, “If she can do it, I can do it” I started training for my first race. While starting out as a novice runner, over the course of several years my growth as an athlete in both strength and talent led me to compete in marathons across the world including the Boston Marathon, San Francisco Nike Women’s Marathon, Chicago Marathon, Athens, Greece Marathon and London Marathon. Even after needing surgery and experiencing several failed recovery attempts, I still refused to give up. It was in those moments, with the support of my family (and especially my husband), that I found additional strength and regained my ability to race.
For many reasons, I changed my focus to short distance competitions, a winning move that led me to a bronze medal in the indoor 1 mile and the outdoor 800m, along with several All American titles.
I try to encourage women of all ages to fight for their dreams and to push beyond the boundaries they believe are possible.
Running, as with life, has to be taken one stride at a time. Every time your foot hits the ground it is at that moment that you propel yourself forward towards reaching your ultimate goal. I try to live this every day.
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I am coached by Ryan Warrenburg. Coach Ryan is the head coach for ZAP Fitness Coaching and has worked with dozens of athletes ranging from beginners to experienced age group competitors, high school athletes to grand masters athletes, and beyond. He has worked with athletes of all levels, including the elite athletes at ZAP. Ryan is a USATF Level 1 certified coach and serves as the Assistant Coach for the ZAP Elite athletes. In his time on the coaching staff ZAP has had 9 Athletes Qualify for 2012 US Olympic Marathon Trials, 2 World Championship Appearances on Team USA, 4 Club Record Performances, the 2010 National Club Cross Country Team Championship, and 12 Top Ten Finishes at USATF Track and Road Championships.