Issue 8 Stories
Photo is from the Lost Dutchman Marathon, Apache Junction, AZ in  Feb. 2019

I'm never quite sure how to explain my running to others as it falls somewhat outside of the norm but, here we go. In 2012, I decided to take control of my overall health by starting to exercise and eat healthier. Knowing that I wanted to set a good example for my children and to be able to live a long healthy life, I needed to find type of exercise that I enjoyed. This led me to start  running which turned quickly into marathoning. I ran my first marathon in the fall of 2013 in Lowell, MA in just over four hours. That was all it took for me to find my enthusiasm for running long distance. Marathoning is a way for me to set goals for myself, to push outside of my comfort zone, and to be part of an amazing community of athletes. My overall marathoning goal is to run a marathon in all 50 states.  As of right now, I have completed 55 marathons in 32 different states and 3 countries (Bahamas, Canada, and Berlin). The overall goal is to complete the 50 states by next summer.  In addition to racing a marathon in all 50 states, I am working on completing  the Six World Marathon Majors (Boston, Chicago, New York City, Berlin, London, and Tokyo). To date I have raced four of the six Majors with just London and Tokyo to go.  This school year, I have raced many marathons across the country and won overall female in three marathons (Texas, Maryland, and Georgia) and am the current RCCA Master Marathon Champion in South Carolina. I consider myself an average runner with a huge passion for the sport. This summer I am scheduled to race seven marathons and few other running events. In addition to being a marathoner, I am the coach for WRHS Unified Track Team (Go Blue!), a yogi, and all-around outdoor enthusiast. 

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