I started running in 2002, mostly for exercise. For years I would just hop on a treadmill or stomp out a few miles around a local lake during my lunch break. I never ran very far, and I never went more than six months without some nagging knee or ankle injury. In 2010, I discovered the lost art of barefoot/minimalist running, and a lightbulb went on. Since then, I have truly become the runner I never really was before.
For the most part I prefer running trails on a cool fall or winter day, but no type of weather or terrain can really stop me. Running is my natural state of contentedness. I believe that we were all meant to be runners, and I feel lucky that I’ve been able to tap into what evolution has given me. Running is so much more complex and incredible than 90% of us will ever learn to appreciate.
I’m not a particularly fast runner. Okay, who am I kidding? – I’m slow as a glacier. I have always had a hard time breaking a 30-minute 5K, so I figured I might as well just go for distance. I completed my first half marathon in April 2011, and in May of 2012, I officially became an ultra runner. I like running long, and I am captivated by the ultramarathon. I am definitely of the “go big or go home” variety. And also the beer is better after an ultra.
I adore writing as much as I do running. I originally began this blog in January of 2011 to stretch my verbal legs a bit, and to find my voice. Writing a book has been a dream taking up space in my mind since I was a kid. But for now I really like what Barefoot Monologues has turned into, and I look forward to seeing where it will go.
I live in San Diego, California, with my super-talented sculptor husband, Shawn, and our four-legged children, Oscar (the dog) and Ozzie (the cat). My day job is playing Art Director Superwoman for a software and paper company.
Thanks for reading, and long may you run!