I love running! Nothing like running clears my mind and every mile I run build confidence that transcends into all aspects of my life. I became a serious runner in 2014 after facing a serious health situation and haven't stopped running since. As a result of running, I have lost and sustained a 30lb weightloss while slashing my cholesterol by nearly 40%. in 2020, I proudly donated an entire wardrobe to an Atlanta Domestic Violence Shelter as a result of dropping the weight! Today, I consistently place in the top 5% of my age group in road races ranging in distance from 5K to half marathons. I am on track to run 1,200+ miles for 2020!
My favorite running things include:
I was gifted a Garmin Watch in 2018 and it has singlehandedly changed my life for the better by keeping an electronic journal of my workouts and push myself those weeks I am short of my goals. I ran 1,200+ miles in 2019 and on track to run 1,300+ miles, cycle 1,500+ miles and swim 50 miles for 2020.
I have tried several headphone brands and keep going back to Bose. My absolute favorite.
With 55M+ users, Strava is the go to app for all things fitness. I meticulously track all my workouts and active blogger on this social media platform that is integrated with my Garmin Watch.
One of my favorite aspects of running is how it is a form of continuous self improvement. Thanks to Athlinks, I can track all of my race results in real time and one place for progress!
The Atlanta Track Club is a member-based organization centered around running that delivers world-class events, training programs and community outreach activities to the Metro Atlanta Area. I am a member of the Atlanta Track Club and love the ATC sponsored events such as the Atlanta 10Miler and Peachtree Road Race.
Altra Running Shoes
Since transitioning to zero drop Altra Running Shoes,, I have run 1,200+ miles in a year while consistently placing in the top 5% of my age group in distances ranging from half marathon to 5K. These shoes are designed to fit the shape of our feet with a his and her version. Science shows zero drop running shoes buildup feet and calf muscles more effectively to prevent injury.
Big Peach Running Co
Big Peach Running Co. is a locally owned and operated retailer serving the needs of metropolitan Atlanta’s ever-growing community of runners and walkers. It is for everyone interested in a pedestrian-active lifestyle. Thanks to the Big Peach team, I ran my fastest 10K ever when they gave me much needed encouragement on the 2019 Possum Trot course here in Atlanta.
I completed my first full marathon thanks to Jeff Galloway's Run/Walk/Run Method! Jeff Galloway is Atlanta's own American Olympian and the author of Galloway's Book on Running. A lifetime runner, Galloway was an All-American collegiate athlete and a member of the 1972 US Olympic Team in the 10,000 meters. He remains a competitive athlete, continuing through a successful masters running career!
Rock 'n' Roll Series
I have had the opportunity to run five Rock 'n' Roll half marathons in three different cities and I love this series! Not only is the race fun, it is extremely safe with well thought out courses!
For over 20 years, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series has made running fun by infusing each course with live bands, cheer teams and more. Our focus to deliver best-in-class running events, where music is core and our community encourages participants to feel like they are something bigger than themselves. We promise to bring more music, better runner support, improved technology, and more community engagement to every event, every step of the way.
I had begun training for my first 70.3 half Ironman in Augusta that unfortunately got cancelled. But I haven't stopped training. While 2020, has proved itself to be difficult not to mention AWFUL Hair and EYEBROW year, I am quite proud of my new found hobbies. Not to mention Roka makes very cute triathlon clothing for tall gals like myself. I am also loving my Marin Gravel Bike. Swimsuits still have some ways to go!
Since taking up swimming and cycling in the summer of 2020, I have proudly cycled near 1,400 miles and swam 43 miles! On Pace to meet my goal of 50 swimming miles and 1,500 cycling mile for 2020.