27 years old. writer. runner. dreamer. I love to create and inspire, and constantly challenge myself to do new things.
I graduated from Bucknell University in 2012 with an English Major (focus in creative writing) and Anthropology minor. I currently reside in the DC area with my husband. I am a freelance writer/editor and I also work at a local running store. Right now I am working on a personal piece in my free time – a sort of coming-of-age memoir.
I’ve been running all my life…as long as I can remember, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. It started out with me and my identical twin sister on the sideline, watching my dad finish his races. But then we wanted more. And once we started running we never looked back.
My identical twin sister, Erin, and I after graduation in 2012.
My running career has been filled with so many mountains and valleys it’s hard for many people to understand why I still run. I’ve had countless stress fractures, a bad knee surgery and more muscle pulls/tendonitis than I can count. People ask why I don’t just give it up and try something else. Why? Because it’s hard to give up something you love.
Recovery from multiple injuries and health issues has never been linear for me. I’ve been up and down and all over the place. And to this day, I’m still learning. I have faith I’ll figure it out one of these days.
October 2016, I was diagnosed with late-stage lyme disease. I am still undergoing treatment and trying to find balance in my life. November 2017 I will be running from Penn State to Bucknell (57 miles!!!) to raise money for Global Lyme Alliance – a nonprofit funding research, education and advocacy for Lyme. This will be my first 50+ mile run and I know the journey will be full of ups and downs as I figure out how to best manage my lyme, but I’m ready. You can read more about my charity run HERE.
Because life’s too short to not follow your dreams.