I started running approximately 5 years ago after being frustrated with myself that I could not run one mile without stopping. Determined to build my milage, with no actual distance/speed goal in mind, I ran a little farther with each run. I ran my first half marathon in 2012 in Crystal Lake, Illinois training on my own and following my own plan. Since then I have ran 5 more half marathons and more 5ks/10ks then I can count. I joined Fast Track Running Team in 2015 which has had a great positive influence in continuously pushing myself to be a better runner and achieve my goals. The inspiration and support my teammates provide me with is neverending and for that I am grateful to be a member of this amazing team. In 2016 I ran 15 races focusing mostly on the 5k distance and was excited to PR at Itasca Oktoberfast with a time of 26:45. In 2015 I also discovered my love for trail running. Trail running on single track, jumping over tree stumps, roots, rocks, and mud is where I truely forget about everything else in my life and enjoy the journey with a smile on my face.
Running has taught me to appreciate what my body can endure. It has cleared my head on a difficult day, helped release anxiety, and helped me celebrate a good day. It has helped me build new friendships, set new goals, and build self-confidence. I am excited to join thousands of other runners on 10/8/17 to run my first marathon and celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Chicago Marathon. I am also honored to be training the summer with CARA as I know they will prepare my body and mind for the stress and excitement of marathon day.
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