About

My journey into the running world was somewhat unconventional. Although I dabbled in team sports in high school, I was never very active as a kid. Upon starting my first office job back in 2007, I became especially sedentary. As my weight started to creep up, I knew I had to do something to improve my fitness. Many of my warmest childhood memories center around the White Mountain Region, where every summer I would venture north to hike up some of New Hampshire’s tallest peaks. The decision to take up hiking as an adult seemed almost instinctive. It was as if the mountains I loved so deeply as a child were calling me back.

Hiking in the Presidential Range as a young'un

Hiking in the Presidential Range as a young’un. I must admit I miss those pin-straight, flowing locks…

What began as a goal to simply get in shape led to my discovery of the White Mountain 4,000-footers. Suddenly, I found myself filled with an urge to stand atop all 48 of New Hampshire’s tallest peaks. First, in any season. Then, in a single winter season. And ultimately in consecutive calendar seasons. As my peakbagging obsession grew, I started to put together longer and more challenging routes in the mountains. As my trail mileage increased, the transition from hiking to running seemed to come naturally.

I quickly learned that I could travel even faster by jogging the downhills, then the flats, and, in time, some of the uphills. Upon discovering ultrarunning in 2009, I suddenly found my calling. Trail ultramarathons are still my passion and primary focus, but I did unexpectedly discover a love for road marathoning in 2013. My long-term goals are to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials and to represent the United States internationally through running both on road and on trail.

Some folks have told me it’s not possible to balance ultra-distance trail performances with faster road efforts. Nonetheless, I always seem to gravitate towards the path less-traveled. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in life, it’s that no dream is ever out of reach if one is willing to take a risk, work hard, and follow her heart.

Left: Eastern States 2010. Right: Eastern States 2014. Never give up on your dreams.

4 years and 40-plus pounds ago. Left: Eastern States 2010. Right: Eastern States 2014. Never give up on your dreams.

Running has truly transformed me as a person. The sport has enabled me to achieve things I never thought possible and inspires me to be the best I can be. It brings me comfort and balance as I juggle a hectic work and training schedule. Most importantly, it brings me happiness – a deep, fulfilling, overwhelming sense of purpose and joy that’s tough to describe via words. My life certainly seems crazy sometimes, but I would not want things any other way.

Joy

A moment I’ll never forget. Western States Endurance Run 2014.


Running Highlights

Twelve women’s wins and fourteen top 10 overall finishes and at distances ranging from 20 to 100 miles

2014 women’s USATF 50 Mile Road Champion and member of the 2014 US 100km Team

Women’s course record holder at Beast of Burden Winter 50 MileLookout Mountain 50 Mile, Berkeley Trail Adventure 50k, and the Fall 50 Mile (USATF 50 Mile Road Championship)

First woman in the non-elite start (33rd woman overall, 17th American woman) at the 2014 Boston Marathon

Second woman at the 2014 Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run

First woman (8th overall) at the 2013 Vermont 100 Endurance Race


Personal Bests

20 Mile (Road)
2:04:42, Eastern States 20 Mile

Marathon (Road)
2:44:14, Boston Marathon

50km (Trail)
3:59:10, Overlook Endurance Runs 50k

50 Mile (Road)
5:59:11, Fall 50 Mile

100 Mile (Trail)
17:10:30, Rocky Raccoon 100