Running Partner for the MS Run the US – 2013 Relay
What: The MS Run the US – 2013 Relay begins in Los Angeles, CA and finishes in New York, NY. Sixteen (16) runners have been selected to each run the equivalent of a marathon per day for six days during their assigned segment. The entirety of the Relay will span from April, 15th, 2013 to September 6th, 2013 in an effort to raise $500,000 to help cure multiple sclerosis. For more information please visit: www.msruntheus.com
Hometown/Current Location: San Francisco, CA
Segment: Segment 11& 12 - Colorado & Nebraska
Runner Story: I began running in March of 2010. I found out about the San Francisco Giant Race ½ marathon through season tickets with the San Francisco Giants. I looked up training plans, and went with Hal Higdon’s 18 week training plan. I had not run much before that.
I played basketball from 3rd grade to my senior year in high school. Drugs and alcohol took control of my life. I turned down a basketball scholarship to Concordia University and followed a guy to Southern California. I got on academic probation and ended up back in Northern California. I lived a life on the “run” from 17 to 26, some years worse than others.
December 11, 2007 I fully realized I had a life to live! I worked with adolescents on probation and volunteered with hospice after finishing up my Bachelor’s Degree in Counseling Psychology. I started on my Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling in October 2008.
I completed the San Francisco Giant Race ½ marathon and ran a few 5k’s and 10k’s throughout the training and after. I was hooked. People asked me about running and if I would ever do a marathon.
I started looking into marathons and was set on the Rock n Roll marathon in Tennesee (country music). I then found the Cell Com Green Bay Marathon, and completed this in May 2011. I had to finish first marathon on favorite football stadium (Go Packers!!!) after I had finished first ½ marathon at Giants stadium.
I got knee pain training for marathon and just really wanted to finish. I finished that marathon and had to train for a second one before I turned 30. I did second marathon along the Oregon/ Washington border. Running kept going. I met Jojo Reuland while running in San Francisco, and she told me about Worth the Hurt (52.4 mile run). I did this, and got 2nd place, finishing in just over 8 hours. I ran UROC in Virginia in September.
Through Worth the Hurt I met a lot of sponsored runners and found out about running for/ with charities. I fell in love with this and running even more. I kept in contact with many runners from Worth the Hurt. Here I am today reconnecting with Ashley and other runners in the MS Relay. I hope to start Run for Hope in the very near future.
I love running! I now run for life, rather than from life ☺