If you could only know two things about me, it would be that I am a runner and I live in Washington, DC which are also two things that share the same answer: on and off since 2006. I have been living in our nation’s capital and running on and off for over 10 years.
I’m a Nebraska native, having lived there the better part of my childhood and earned my Bachelor of Arts in English and Political Science at the University of Nebraska-Kearney, and with my family still there (for the most part), but I’ve always felt like the Midwest was too small of a place for me to dream as big as I wanted. I first came to Washington, DC in 2006 for an internship and knew immediately that I belonged in this city. Working in politics and government rightly wears most people down, but for me, there’s still the notion intact that small changes can lead to big things if you stay persistent and work together.
The same thing can be said about running– the small steps lead to big things. Having first started running as a way to lose weight, the idea of racing was something that didn’t occur to me until I permanently moved to DC in 2008 and made friends with people who ran marathons. The idea that I could actually participate in and be good at something I’d never really committed to before was enticing, and I soon couldn’t get enough of the running lifestyle and the incredible community that is running. I ran my first full marathon in 2011 and I haven’t looked back since.
When I’m not running, I’m usually marathoning it up on Netflix with a crochet hook and some yarn, going out for dinner with friends any chance I get, or looking ahead to my next Beltway escape. I pride myself on being the eldest of 7 other siblings, including a twin sister who also runs marathons. I also thoroughly enjoy stand-up paddleboarding on the Potomac River where I spend the better part of my summers escaping the DC heat and humidity. I’m working toward a certification to teach paddleboarding next summer.
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