I’m a… small wonder!

In 2010, I weighed a mere 77 pounds, had an eating disorder and was suffering from several illnesses. I could not walk a block without feeling nauseous and experiencing a panic attack. I couldn’t travel or do simple errands which made me feel like a big inconvenience to those around me. Most of all, I felt like a prisoner in my own body. It was a dark time that had me emotionally and physically drained.

I started running a month before my 30th birthday as a way to focus my energies on something productive. It was there on the roads where I wrestled with my demons. Some days were pure bliss, others were spent cursing at the world, which only made me run faster. In less than a year, I fulfilled my dream of running a full marathon and I’m on my way to finishing many, many more. My health has tremendously improved and I find myself doing things I didn’t know were possible. Breaking down your own perceived limits is good for the heart.

Endurance running doesn’t coddle anyone. It constantly humbles you. It tires out your legs until they turn to stone. It forces you to face all of your weaknesses. And it is in the midst of so much pain that you become stronger. I’m striving for fitness not for vanity but because of necessity. I want to be that person who doesn’t give up when the going gets tough. I want to be healthy enough to live out my dreams. I want to fundamentally change my life.

‎”Running has given me the courage to start, the determination to keep trying, and the childlike spirit to have fun along the way. Run often and run long, but never outrun your joy of running.”
– Julie Isphording, Marathon winner

Fast Facts

Born: October 18, 1980
Started running: September 2010
Previous Athletic Experience: Absolute Zero
Running Group: Team Rock & Road
Favorite Runner: Lizzy Hawker and Kilian Jornet
All-time Mileage: 1300K as of July 7, 2012
Ultimate Dream Race: Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (100-mile mountain run across France, Italy, Switzerland)

If you have any comments, questions or suggestions about things you’d like me to feature, please feel free to leave a message below or send me an email. Good luck on your next run and see you at the races!

  1. Karen says:

    This is an open blog? And I love this blog, too. This morning, I walked my first official brisk walking for health. 🙂

    • scout says:

      Cool. How long did you go? Briskwalking pace is approximately 8-12min/km, so you can calculate you distance based on that. 🙂

      Yes, this blog is open. For now. 😀

  2. Karen says:

    I did 20 minutes of brisk walking.

  3. Ale Santuz says:

    What a program! Your intentions and your perseverance are admirable. Keep on training!

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