I flirted with the idea of being a runner in middle school when I joined the track team. I was constantly trying new sports and activities throughout my upbringing in Virginia Beach, but found my way back to running after college. My parents were avid runners and they joined me for my first local race – the Elizabeth River 10K in 2003. I have completed nearly 100 races since and have converted many friends, including my husband, along the way. Most recently, I conquered my goal of running a marathon when I (exhausted) crossed the Marine Corps Marathon finish line in 4:39.
Running has shaped who I am. It has taught me about setting goals and evaluating my methods to succeed, which has made me a better person in mind and body. I am lucky to share this message as a Girls on the Run coach for the past five years. There is nothing better than watching someone gain confidence in themselves as they cross the finish line for the first time. Being a role model for these young ladies and for my amazing 4-year-old son makes the early nights, early wake-ups, fluctuating temperatures and aching muscles worth it. It makes me smile hearing my son say he wants to be a “runner like my mommy and daddy”. I am excited to have the opportunity to represent the best local running store while working to become a stronger runner and role model this year!