My favorite product at Fleet Feet
Sport shield...cause when you're prone to chafing, it actually works! I love that it comes in a roller form or you can get the individual packets with one towelette in it. The towelettes are awesome to use during a race. You can grab it, open it, and use it while running! Sport shield stops the irritation in its tracks, but in most cases ensures it never starts! I buy the single use ones by the handful and they are always taken to races with me. The roller is great to have for every day runs.
Toughest challenge in running:
Getting back into shape after pregnancy (or injury) has been really challenging for me. It's really hard starting back and not running your "normal" times. Plus, the body has changed so much that everything feels different. We can be very critical of ourselves and when you are not “as good” as you used to be, it can be disappointing. It definitely takes more determination to push yourself to keep going when it doesn’t feel easy. It's mentally frustrating and physically tough to do it, but it is possible…and sometimes you just have to accept a new normal.
Running my first 100 without ever having a moment of feeling like I wanted or needed to quit! A lot went in to my first 100 and training had its struggles. I made the decision to do a 100 about 6 months before the race date because a doctor had told me to stop running. I have some back problems and at the time had an injury that had resulted in me taking off about 3 weeks from running as a result. The doctor told me to find another sport or I would not get better and I’d have to have surgery sooner. Turns out part of the injury was a result of my body not being settled from pregnancy. I had just had my second child in January. So, after some PT and the back pain was relieved I decided I would focus on reaching a big goal in case I don’t have a chance in the future. Plus, I figure if I’m going to have to go out, and inevitably have surgery anyways, I’m going out with a bang. The pain had started with speed work so I felt more comfortable and safe doing long and slow…which is what a 100-mile training plan required! Training did not go smoothly from there though! The race was December 31, 2016; on October 19, 2016 I fell during a morning run and broke my jaw. My mouth was wired shut for a few weeks and then I had to wear rubber bands and braces in my mouth up until a week before the race! I thought for sure it was over; but I felt good enough to run 1 week later so I did. You don’t need your mouth to open to be able to run, ha! I also missed a long run due to getting a stomach virus in November. I was stressed and felt undertrained…this, however, must have been a good thing. I ran the first 50 alone and then had a friend join me every 10 miles until the end. It was an amazing day. I had hoped to come in under 20, but knew for my first I just needed to finish. I really enjoyed the race and surprised myself that day. I never wanted to stop, never wanted to quit, never got in a bad place, and never thought I would ever do that! I was lucky to have some amazing friends there with me who encouraged me, fed me, ran with me, and rang in the new year with me in the most spectacular way! I am so proud to say I am a 100-mile race finisher!
"Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional." Haruki Murakami.
I’ve been living in Huntsville since I was 10 years old. Throughout my life I have always enjoyed running for physical health. However, in 2008 after completing my first race, running became a lifestyle and truly changed me. After that I started planning and training for races and now I try to race some distance at least once per month. My husband and I have a 4 year old son who loves being at the races and even has worked at some. We also just welcomed our second son on January 17, 2016 and are looking forward to getting him involved in our running family. Professionally, I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor and work primarily with children/adolescents in private practice.