I started my running journey in 2008 here in Virginia Beach with a simple challenge to myself to run a mile. That arduous challenge led to my first 6k race where I knew I had discovered a true passion for running. Fast forward nearly 10 years and I’ve finished over 160 races including 37 Half Marathons, 18 Marathons (6 World Majors), 3 relays (Ragnar DC, Hood to Coast and Colonial 200), and Ultra distances of 50k, 50-miles and 12-hours with personal bests of 1:29:19 for the Half, 3:12:59 for the full and 8:29:23 for 50-miles. I’m always thirsty for that next big challenge. In 2017 I’ll be on the hunt for the elusive BQ, doing my first rim-to-rim-to-rim in the Grand Canyon and training hard for the World Marathon Challenge in 2018! More importantly than my personal accomplishments and goals are the great gifts running has given me. I’ve had the great fortune to see and explore incredible places, meet great and equally inspirational people that I’m able to call friends, help local runners achieve their running dreams and goals through my experience and RRCA coaching certification, and be an active and positive part of the running community to give back what has been given to me. It is a great privilege to be part of the Running Etc. Ambassador team – a store and staff that shares the same passion for running and helping runners be at their best! When I’m not running you’re likely to find me brewing or enjoying Craft Beer, bowling, DIYing or relaxing with family and friends.