What a difference a year makes

One year ago, I was a nervous college grad unsure of my future and how to navigate the post-collegiate running scene.

Today, I ran in my first US Championships and finished 12th. 

One year ago, I was alone in a new city - without a team, without sponsors, without training partners.

Today, I proudly rep New Balance Silicon Valley and they generously support my athletic goals. Now settled in my new city, I traverse the familiar trails of Golden Gate Park with great friends and talented training partners. And a few mornings a week I have the great pleasure of coaching and training with the women of the USF XC and Track teams; I'm continually amazed and inspired by these terrific young women and am grateful every day to be a part of their program. 

Video of the start of the race (courtesy of my cousin, Nate Olson!) I'm in the purple NB singlet.

One year ago, I was a runner chasing a dream.

Today, that dream started to come true. There's still work to do, but things are finally starting to come together!

What a difference a year makes.

Lastly - MANY many thanks to everyone -- family, friends, teammates -- for the calls, texts, and tweets of support before and after the race. It means SO much! Glad I could share this fun day with you :-)

Next up: 3 solid weeks of training, then the US 10K Road Champs in Boston on Oct. 10!