I'm the runner who finds the joy in every mile. A 4-time Olympic Trials Qualifier, I compete in the 5,000 meters, 10,000 meters, and the marathon. I'm a California native who traded the Pacific Ocean for the Atlantic: I now live in the Ocean State, in Providence, Rhode Island, and I train in Boston, Massachusetts as past of the Boston Athletic Association.
Allow me to share my pro running journey with you: after running track and XC for five years at the University of California, Davis and graduating in 2010, I wasn't quite ready to hang up my track spikes. So I packed my bags, said goodbye to my hometown of Davis, California, and made the move to San Francisco to give professional running a shot!
For two years I ran joyfully in San Francisco, training with my eye on the 2012 Olympic Trials. It was an incredible journey that I had the pleasure of sharing with my dad, Bill Gregg, who coaches XC and track at Davis Senior High School and coached me during my high school days. In 2012 I achieved the Olympic Trials "B" Standard in the 10,000 meters, running 33:01. But unfortunately, I came up just short of the "A" Standard and narrowly missed a shot at competing in the Trials.
Four years later, I was back with a vengeance, more determined than ever to not just qualify for the Olympic Trials, but to be a serious contender at them. In 2015 I ran the Olympic Games Standard in the 10,000 meters, running 32:09, and in 2016, I was one of only two women to compete in all three Olympic Trials distance events (5k, 10k, and marathon).
While track will always remain my first running love, the marathon has grown on me. After finishing 5th at the 2017 USA Marathon Championships in a time of 2:32:08, I caught the marathon bug again... watch for me competing at a major marathon in Fall 2018! :) And with my 2020 qualifier secured, I am already eyeing the next Marathon Olympic Trials in Atlanta, Georgia.
I'm a member of the Boston Athletic Association's High Performance Team and am coached by Ricardo Santos. I'm thrilled to represent the BAA and adidas!
Outside of running, I'm a coach and public health professional. I hold a Masters degree in Public Health from Brown University and coach runners at Training Joyfully. If I'm not running, promoting physical activity, or writing training plans, you'll probably find me plotting my next trip (14 stamps on my passport + counting!), eating baked goods, exploring farmers markets & coffee shops, or hanging out with my family.
Running joyfully is my mantra - I believe that you can reach your potential when you run with gratitude and full of happiness. While competing professionally, I've raced across the globe against the world's best. Although the journey hasn't always been easy - there have been some tough breaks and dashed dreams - it sure has been a fun one, and I've met incredible people along the way.
I've learned that in running as in life, there will be good miles and bad miles -- but if you can learn to run joyfully and find the positives amidst the trials, things will turn out just fine!