Sports and fitness have always been part of my life. I grew up taking ballet, playing soccer, skiing, water-skiing and hiking. I competed in Division III cross-country running and Division I Nordic skiing in college and maintained a level of intense training and competition. For a short time after college I joined a development team for Nordic Skiing and tried to train and compete at a high level all while working. I quickly realized I needed a change and set out to find a more balanced, healthy lifestyle.
After losing my job due to the economic crisis in 2009 I had some down time and first discovered and explored yoga and Pilates. I immediately fell in love. That spring I decided I wanted to accomplish another goal of mine, run my first marathon. I discovered that running and yoga went hand in hand. I injured my IT band while training for that marathon and could barely walk. Yoga was one activity that eased my pain and loosened my sore, tight muscles so I could hit the pavement the next day. I ran and finished my first New York City Marathon in 4:03:50!
Since then my love of running and yoga has grown daily. The New York City Marathon sparked a love of running for me. I’ve since found myself running a half marathon almost every spring and fall. My half marathon PR was at the B.A.A. Half-Marathon in Boston with a time of 1:41:38 back in 2010. That race was so exciting and motivating that my boyfriend, Michael, and I decided that day to run the Chicago Marathon in October 2011. We trained throughout the hot summer together and my training went exactly according to plan. I finished in a time of 3:51:21! It was one of the best running experiences I’ve ever had!
Running Chicago had me so excited about running that I wanted to do another marathon. I signed up to run the Boston Marathon with Team in Training. I ran in honor of Michael’s Aunt Joanne and raised over $6000 for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society! Marathon Monday had temperatures in the 90s with blazing hot sun. While my pace was significantly slower than my goal time I was still very happy and proud of my 4:35.27 finish time! It was an experience I’ll never forget and I know I’ll be back to run Boston again someday!
When I wasn’t out putting miles down on the pavement I was busy chasing down my love of healthy living. I knew I wanted and needed to make career change but with a degree in Chemistry it wasn’t going to be easy. I started by building a resume for myself and gaining the needed credentials to make a change. I knew I had a lot of knowledge about training and exercise but no certificate to prove it so I became an NASM certified personal trainer in April 2012. I was also pursuing my other passion, yoga. I was constantly taking yoga classes, deepening my practice and introducing myself to everyone I met at yoga studios. In August 2012 I began my 200-hour yoga certification at South Boston Yoga. Over the next 6 months I’d spend every other weekend in the studio learning the history, philosophy, anatomy and asanas of yoga. It was a journey that took me deep within myself and taught my so much about yoga and life. In January 2013 I officially became a certified yoga instructor!
2013 also brought with it the title of Athleta Sponsored Athlete! Throughout the year worked with the Athleta store in Burlington, MA to host local events and try out the latest and greatest gear. It was an incredible experience that introduced me to so many amazing people! I’m truly thankful for the experience.
2014 will continue be filled with running, yoga and healthy living! Check back for more updates and adventures!
I hope to complete the rest of the Big 5 Marathons. I have 2 more to go including London and Berlin. I also hope to run the Nike Women’s Marathon and Marine Corps Marathon. A dream of mine is to BQ with a sub 3:30 marathon time! I’d also like to become a certified running coach. Someday I hope to open my own yoga studio. I’d like to work with runners, athletes and yogi’s to and combine my love of running and yoga!
Feel free to comment on my blog and join as a follower! Thanks for reading!
Live Run Love Yoga!