Late summer of 2009, I decided I wanted to run a marathon. I had never run more than 4 miles but I set out on the journey to 26.2. That fall I ran my first 10K and one year later on 10/10/10 I ran my first marathon in Chicago. I have also completed four half marathons and I am currently training for my 5th half marathon for May 2013.
Boston Run TEAM
Meet the team
The Team LUNA Chix Boston Run team seeks to invite, inspire and encourage women to get outside and play, while raising money and awareness for the Breast Cancer Fund. The women on our team share a passion for tying our laces and hitting the road, trails, and anything else in our way. By teaming-up with LUNA, we’re able to promote our commitment to healthy living and increase the participation of women in sports.
All proceeds from our events support the Breast Cancer Fund.
I have run casually over the years, but did not get into road races until I moved to Boston and a friend from work encouraged me to do so.
I love the individuality and low-equipment needs of running, and also the fact that you can do it with others for camaraderie and encouragement.
Always an avid athlete, I have been "running around" my whole life. After a successful field hockey career in High School and College, I decided to revisit my running days of high school track and fell in love. Yearning for a new mode of competition and activity, I took on distance running. The Luna Chix have been an amazing community to keep me moving, running, laughing - as well as to introduce me to some of the best women in my city and beyond. I have bonded with these women over running, Luna bars, and common interests, and without the Luna Chix I wouldn't be able to say that today. In the past few years I have tackled the focus and confidence to run several half marathons and a couple of marathons. I have run in two 24 hour relays, and have another one on the schedule for the upcoming season. My training wouldn't be complete without my weekly Wednesday Luna runs :) I also enjoy running early mornings with the Back on My Feet, Common Ground team and signing up for last minute races :)
I ran track in high school running anything from the 100M - 1000M. I loved the shorter races but never dreamed I would run more than a few miles!
In college I participated in a variety of intramural sports and enjoyed running around Boston. A friend approached me my senior year about running the Boston Marathon for charity. After watching the Boston Marathon for the previous 4 years, I thought why not - I love watching this race - maybe I should try a longer distance. I had so much fun during my first marathon that 9 months later I found myself running another one - Walt Disney World Marathon.
I joined the weekly LUNA runs as a way to stay in shape after the Boston Marathon and found myself surrounded by an amazingly supportive and fun loving group of runners! It's because of thier support and love of running that I've found myself signed up for another marathon in October!
Running Background: I grew up playing sports - soccer, tennis, basketball, swimming - but never ran until after I had ACL reconstructive surgery the summer before my senior year of college. I started slow, and short and am now training for my fourth half marathon!
Although I ran in college, I really didn't start running longer distances until several years after graduating. I completed my first 5k in 2004 and started participating in the Luna Chix weekly runs a couple years later. Since then, Luna has been an inspiring and motivating group to run with. I officially joined the Run Team in 2006 (although took the 2011 season off for graduate work). In 2007, I finished my first marathon (the Marine Corp Marathon in DC) and have done two additional marathons since then (Nike Women's in 2008 and Boston in 2010), as well as many other memorable races and events. I'm definitely more the tortoise than the hare when it comes to running, but it's a great way to blow off steam and stress, as well as just stay in shape. And running with the Boston Luna Chix has been a great way to meet and run with some fabulous female athletes from all levels!
Still, I could not understand why anybody would want to run more than a few miles at a time. It was only during college one summer, when two close friends began training for the Chicago marathon, that I became truly hooked on running.
I started to run 10ks, followed by my first half marathon in 1996, and for a few years I thought that was far enough. However, after moving to Boulder, CO for graduate school, I decided that I wanted to run a marathon. In June of 1999, I ran the San Diego Rock and Roll Marathon, followed by Chicago, Boston and Kona over the next couple of years.
Then I took a break from marathons and stuck with shorter races while I finished up graduate school. However, once I moved to Boston in 2005, I started doing more races and long runs with the LUNA Chix.I've gotten back into running marathons, and also sometimes do triathlons.