In high school, I had tried joining the track team, but let’s face it, I hated running and quit. I joined the volleyball team and played for 5 years (our 8th grade was in our high school), including off seasons on a travel team. When I got to college, I didn’t pursue an athletic career in volleyball, but focused more on school and just staying generally fit. I ended up running pretty consistently 6 days a week, but my maximum mileage was 3-4 miles per run. After I graduated from Boston University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Fluids and Energy, I ended up getting a job in an Architectural/Engineering firm.
Upon my interview at my firm, I was told, “This position will require you to help all engineering departments, and you will at times may feel overwhelmed and have to drop your work to help others…How do you feel about this?” I said, “I’ll bring my running shoes…” At this point in my life, I had not run more than 4 miles but one year and 5 months later, I had run my first marathon in Chicago and have been addicted ever since! Working in the office all day and commuting make exercising a challenge. But I’ve made the time and effort to make sure it stays in my life! I find the more activities I pack into my day the more efficient I am.
boyfriend fiancé, Dave, is the one who made the fabulous sign for me (above) at my first marathon. He has a strange sense of humor sometimes but that’s why I love him. I guess you could say we are kind of high school sweethearts because we started dating the summer before senior year. He was in my group for a Spanish project and I had a crush on him. I had tried striking up a conversation with him…but he was pretty shy. He ended up dating his neighbor, who happened to be one of my good friends, Ashley. They broke up since they were lifelong neighbors and realized they were more just friends. I went in for the kill and look where we are now! Ashley and I are still amazing friends-I was a bridesmaid and Dave was the best man for her husband.
Since my marathon streak of 5 consecutive marathons, I got a hip overuse injury after training for and running Boston Marathon 2012. I was out of commission for about 9 months of no running. For a while, I couldn’t do anything but yoga. I wasn’t a fan of it but I needed SOMETHING to do to get my endorphin fix. I challenged myself to a 30 day yoga challenge and now consider myself a yoga lover.
During my recovery of my injury, I had the opportunity to participate in the Healthworks Workplace Warrior Challenge with my fabulous coworkers. We ended up being first runners up! This experience helped me realize how much I love taking group classes and experience new fitness feats. I was inspired to try barre classes which I might have neglected if I were in the thick of marathon training. I have to say that I’m quite addicted to barre now too! I guess you would say my fitness timeline has progressed over the years. In a nut shell, I pretty much want to try anything and everything fitness! My goal is to lead a healthy lifestyle and become a stronger person, athlete and friend.
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