Who is this crazy?

When I was 15, I was cut from the volleyball team.  Actually, as a sophomore, my coach wanted me to play on the all-freshmen team.  This wasn't good enough for me, so I packed up my knee pads, found some cheap running shoes and joined the cross country team.  Fifteen years, thousands of miles, and countless races later, I'm still at it.

Columbus Marathon 2010

After high school, I took my talents to Wilmington College in Ohio where I ran cross country and track for three years. By my senior year, I decided to try my legs at a race that didn't involve 26 excessive laps around a track.  Thus, I inadequately trained for my first half marathon. 

Upon moving to Chapel Hill, NC after my college graduation, I obtained a job at the best running store ever, Fleet Feet Sports.  Here, I attempted to sell more shoes/apparel than I bought and expanded my vocabulary to include terms such as: overpronation, supination and metatarsals. In addition, I entered a life-long love affair with Espresso Love GU and learned that pizza and beer indeed qualify as proper fueling after a long run.  With my new found expertise, I successfully completed my first marathon in 2003, and it was so painful, I decided to keep on running them.

In 2006, I moved to Philly, a place I only intended on living for a year, but five years later, I'm still here.  Running along Kelly Drive is probably the best part of my weekend, especially in the fall.  In 2011, I decided to combine my two passions: Writing and running and alas, this blog was born.

A big goal of mine is qualifying for Boston.  I've been unsuccessful on all 6 attempts and I blame it on the half-ass training I do leading up to the race.  However, 2011 is about focusing more on running and less on booze and men.  I'm optimistic that this year, a BQ will be mine!