how it started
I went for my first run on October 4, 1979. My dad was swept up in the first running boom and I followed along. Looking back, I feel incredibly fortunately with everything this simple sport has provided me. With a “career” lasting that long, it’s not surprising that running has meant many things to me over the years. When I first started running as a kid it was all about me; my training, my race schedule, my PRs, etc. Finally, I realized that I had found my sport. As I got older, I began to meet more and more like-minded people that also enjoyed running. Soon I figured out that I had found my people. Again, as the years passed, it occurred to me that running had become a lifestyle - not only that, but it had become my life. With this realization, the next logical step was to make it as fulfilling as possible. To me, that no longer has anything to do with the numbers associated with my running. Instead, it has everything to do with the people I’ve met, the relationships we’ve built, and the experiences we’ve shared during my journey.
As a long time runner, it seems like I’ve always been interested in health and wellness. However, the real turning point came in 2013 after watching the documentary Food Matters. The movie really opened my eyes and I remember repeating over and over “What? Why don’t we know about this information?” That took me down a rabbit hole that eventually led to becoming a Health Coach, in order to share what I learned and help other people who are sick and tired of being sick and tired.