Hello world! I am a relatively new runner. I started running in the fall of 2013. Let me begin by saying, it wasn’t pretty. I was 60 pounds overweight, and though I didn’t know it, I was suffering from Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and Celiacs. I couldn’t run half a block that first day. I was slow, out of breath, and basically a hot mess. The shock and embarrassment felt at my weak performance that first time out almost ended my journey. However, I had an agenda and refused to give up. I started with the couch to 5k training plan. It was a game changer.
Over the course of several years, I went from a body that was obese and dying, to a body of a healthy, fit ultra runner. This blog is my story.
I’ll talk about running. I’ll discuss all distances and terrains, running solo and with my 12 year old daughter (who just finished a very hilly 15 mile trail race), the gear and fuels I have found to be successful, and anything else that coincides with running.
I’ll also talk about how I have managed to thrive as an ultra runner with Hashimotos and Celiacs. I’ll discuss meals and the foods I avoid. I see a medical team no less than 4 times a year. Maintenance and awareness are the keys to succeeding.
I’ll reveal what secrets running has given me. The rewards of challenging myself (and others) and seeing that challenge to completion.
I want to qualify for and run Western States. That is my dream. I hope to have my daughter by my side pacing me at all of my distance races.
She just wants to run. Well, and maybe get a running scholarship to Harvard.
It’s been a wild and beautiful ride to this point in my running career. I cannot wait to see what the next few years will bring! Thank you for joining me on this journey! Get ready to run!