Running Bio

BlakesittingWhat can I say? I have a passion for running, and I want everyone to know it. I have been lucky enough to make running my profession these last eighteen years and have enjoyed almost every step of the way. It has been an amazing journey and continues to be exciting and rewarding. It has shaped my life in many ways. I have met some wonderful people, and have been fortunate enough to travel our amazing country and the world to race. Follow along as I see where my next journey will take me.

A bit more: I started running in ninth grade on a whim and have been running ever since. I guess you could say I loved it from the start. I competed for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on the Cross Country and Track Teams while double majoring in Psychology and Exercise Science. I decided to continue running after college while pursing a Physical Therapy degree at Elon University. Over the last 20 years I have been on many World Championship teams in Track and Field and Cross Country, and been a many time National Champion at various distances.  My career highlight would have to be winning the 2003 and 2105 National Marathon Championships and of course finally realizing my Olympic dream and making the 2008 Beijing Olympic Team in the marathon.

I am a Southern, East coast girl that somehow ended up on the left coast in Pacific Grove, CA. I am soft-spoken, but laugh loud and occasionally snort like my Mother-in-law. I am not a perfectionist, so never ask me to help you paint your house. Breakfast and a great cup of coffee are the way to my heart. I am intense and stubborn about running, but family always come first. I have been married a lo-o-o-ong time, and have two wonderful children. I am thrilled to be competing again and happy to admit that this forty -year old can still give these youngins’ a run for their money. I am enjoying where my latest running journeys are taking me and relishing it all along the way.


Talastopaja OY (every race I have run!)

Running Stats: by event

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