Location: Washington, DC
Twitter Name: @LJG2484
How long have you been running: 12 years
Favorite Race Distance and why: Definitely the 10 miler – long enough to feel like you did some work but short enough that you’re not beat up after.
How many marathons have you run: 7
Where you started to where you are now: My running career had very humble beginnings. I joined the high school cross country team as a sophomore because I didn’t make the tennis team. My first 5k was in 30 minutes and change…and it was probably the most painful 30 minutes of my life. With lots of hard work and love for the sport, I became more competitive and by senior year, I was one of the top distance runners on my team. I joined the cross country and track at James Madison University where I met some of the best friends anyone could ask for. Now I’m a bit more laid back and focus on the pure enjoyment of running rather than the competition. The good news is that I still love the sport as much as I did when I first started.
10 Mile PR: 1:12:18
Marathon PR: 3:30:07
If you had to pick one running apparel item as your favorite what would it be: I’ll admit it – I love running skirts. A friend convinced me to buy one over the summer and I daydream about wearing it once the warm weather returns.
How did you get into running: I started running in the fall of 1999 after not making the high school tennis team. I joined the cross country team on a whim, you know, just for something to do. I was lucky to have a fantastic coach who “got me into running” and definitely set the scene for a lifelong passion.
What accomplishment are you most proud of: I’m most proud of running at the collegiate level. There really isn’t one race or one moment that sticks out – it’s more of what I gained as a person and the relationships I formed. Running at JMU taught me how to balance athletics, studying, work, and friendships. It wasn’t always easy, but I truly believe that running is the great metaphor for life and without these experiences, I probably wouldn’t be the person I am today. And I’m proud of that.
Favorite Quote: First you feel like dying, then you feel reborn. -Ad at the 2011 NYC Marathon
Favorite Race: New York City Marathon. I ran it this year and it was the most exciting thing I’ve ever done!