After running track and XC for 5 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. I achieved the Olympic Trials "B" Standard in the 10,000 meters, running 33:01, but came up just short of the "A" Standard and narrowly missed a shot at competing in the Trials.
Now I find myself back to training, looking ahead to future US Championships on the track and on the roads and ultimately, the 2016 Trials. While I'm currently exploring the running trails around Cleveland (my fiance is in medical school here), California will always be home.
My running mantra is to run joyfully. On this post-collegiate running adventure, I've raced from coast to coast against our nation's best. While 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 amazing people along the way. In running as in life, there will be good runs and bad runs, but if you can learn to run joyfully and find the positives amidst the trials, you'll end up just fine :)
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