Age: 25 in a couple of weeks!
Years Running: I’ve been a (self proclaimed) athlete for many years, but have considered myself strictly a “runner” for the past 4 years… shortly after my first son was born.
Half Marathon (2009) : 1:42:14
10 Miler (2009): 1:17 **PR Update 2010 1:15:33
10K: **PR Update 2010 44:52
8K (2009): 37:275 Miler (2009): 36:08
5K: **PR Update 2010 21:22
Favorite Race Distance: Half Marathon
Favorite Pre-Race Food: The night before I like chicken or salmon with veggies. Not too heavy. For the morning I like wheat toast with peanut butter.
Favorite Post-Race Food: That depends – A banana to refuel right afterward, but fish tacos and margaritas to celebrate later!
Favorite Running Shoe: Saucony Pro Grid Ride
How did you get into running: Initially, I got into long distance running because my husband (boyfriend at the time) was training for a marathon. Such is new love; I would join in on training runs even though I was in no shape to do so! I really found my own true love for it after I had my first son and began to hang with a fantastic group of mommy runners.
How do you find/make time to train with three little kids: I actually don’t own a jogging stroller or a treadmill, so I like to go quite early before the kids bat an eye. Thanks to some great running partners I am able to drag myself out of bed early.
You combine your love of running and food in your blog. Tell us a little bit about how you got into cooking: Cooking for me began as a means to an end. I love to eat. And I love to eat because I have always been pretty active, and therefore hungry.
Advice for those of us who can’t cook, but want to learn: The only thing you need to have to be a “good cook” is guts. It is the same as running. You don’t have to be a pro, you just have to be brave enough to get out there and try it. Start at your own level and work your way up. Use recipes as a guide, but don’t feel bound to them. Be brave enough to improvise.
A great tip is to take a few minutes at the beginning of the week to plan a few meals. Start by trying just one new easy thing a week. And if dinner burns, well there’s always tomorrow.
Favorite Quote: For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
Accomplishment you are most proud of: Completing my undergrad with two kids while training for my first marathon!