Who Am I?
Tattooed Momma. Distance Runner. OCR Enthusiast
I am a running momma. My first road race the Vancouver Sun Run (10km) was on April 21st 2010. I admit I never thought I would become a runner. In highschool, running was a punishment for being late to PE class, or for not sinking a basket, or being late for class. Running was never presented to me early in life as a positive experience. For many years after high school I would watch runners pass me on the street in their compression clothing, headphones in and I would think “they are crazy”. It took me a long time to consider myself a runner.
Getting back to that first road race. I was nervous, I felt sick to my stomach and my goal was just to finish and nothing more. Looking back at that first race, I wish I would have known then what I know now, and embraced it all – the crowds of cheering strangers, the volunteers waiting in the cold to hand out water, and the fact that I was able to run it. I finished my first 10 km run in 1:07:54 and have been running ever since. Each year that I race I find myself getting faster and stronger and just having more fun with it – I dont take any of my road races or OCR (Obstacle Course Races) too seriously.
Since that very first race in April 2010, I have embraced the culture and “crazy” it takes to continue to run, and have done a number of 5 km’s (including family fun runs), 10 km’s, 3 half marathons and a bunch of OCR races including Tough Mudder. Running and racing to me now is much more then just throwing on a pair of running shoes, grabbing my music and going out. It has been a relief from stress, a place where I could mentally work out some very hard life events, a place to laugh, socialize and accompish things I never thought my body was capable of. Now, road racing (solo or with friends and family), and getting nice and dirty on an Obstacle Course race are two of my favorite things in the world. I have embraced the crazy. I would not be the runner I am today without the support of my friends, and my family (my husband Ryan and my daugther Sierra, my biggest fans)
When I first started to run, I was super inexperienced, and didn’t know the first thing about what shoes to wear or compression vs non compression clothing, or how one builds milage for larger races, but thanks to the people I have met along the way, I feel so empowered.
I have become much more invovled in the running community in the last few years, and looking back it has been quite the ride. I have been thinking about starting this blog for a while now, as I wanted to have a place to write about my experiences with racing, training, gear and of course to chat about all of the amazing people I have met along the way. I am hoping in some small part, this blog will help others on their journey into the running world.
I am not a medical professional in any way shape or form. I compete in the road races and OCR races for fun. I do not promote any product or promise my methods of training are safe or will work for you. Before starting any sport or physical endevour, talk to your doctor. I am all about safety first and having fun with my sports, and will not partipicate in a race or event that I feel will do severe harm. All races have waivers you must sign before participating, so please read them carefully. The thoughts and views expressed in this blog are from my own personal experiences. Your health and well being should always be determined by a medical professional, so play safe and have fun!!!!