In high school, I always wanted to run XC. However, I broke my wrist playing hockey right before the season and my doctor told me I was unable to run. After that, I ended up putting running on the back burner. Fast forward to college, I picked running back up when I needed to lose weight because of the dreaded Freshman 15. Even though I ran on and off, it wasn’t until several years later that I actually felt like a runner. Eventually, I got “Runner” tattooed on my finger to signify how far I’ve come and who I really am.

I never thought I was good enough to run races and assumed those were for elite runners. When my friends started running races, I decided to go all in and sign up for the 2013 Chicago Marathon and the 2013 Pittsburgh Half Marathon. After some reality set in, I realized starting out with a half marathon, as my first race, wasn’t the best idea. I quickly signed up for a 5K just so I could have a race under my belt. That was it. I was hooked and never looked back.

Now, I’m training for my sixth marathon and am considering an Ultra in 2017. I’m pushing myself to become faster, better, and stronger. Running isn’t just a hobby to me and I’m going to “KOR” for as long as I can.

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