I discovered my passion for running over 20 years ago while living in my hometown, Chicago. I moved to Austin 9 years ago and feel very fortunate that Austin has such a huge running community, amazing trails and amazing running coaches. I have been training with Rogue Running for the last 3 years and have been a member of ARC for 3 years.
On June 16, 2015, I had brain surgery to remove a brain tumor. I had no symptoms and was very fortunate that the tumor was discovered accidentally when I fell and busted my head in my bathroom and ended up in the ER. I was fortunate that the tumor was benign and I had an amazingly quick recovery. I lost strength in my left foot dorsiflexion as a result of the brain surgery, but with a lot faith and determination, after 12 weeks of physical therapy, I was able to learn how to walk and run again and was able to run and pace the Chevron Houston Marathon in January, 2016. I ran my first 50K Ultra marathon a month later, just 7 months after brain surgery.
I have been a pacer for the Chicago Marathon for the last 15 years and have paced the Houston Marathon & Austin Marathon. I truly enjoy volunteering and helping other runners reach their running goals. Pacing marathons is my way to give back to the running community.
I had the honor to be an official guide for Team With A Vision, MA Association for the Visually Impaired & Blind. I successfully guided a visually impaired runner during the 2017 Boston Marathon and continue to guide local visually impaired runners in shorter races. I’m also a volunteer for Kayleigh’s Club, a local group that encourages physical fitness and running for children and adults with special needs.
I have learned to have faith and never give up through running, and hope that by pacing and volunteering for Kayleigh’s Club and ARC, I can pay it forward to others.
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