I have always lived an active life. I danced ballet until I was 16, was on the high school swim team and waterpolo team and ran for fitness in college.
A friend encouraged me to try a 5k while living in Flagstaff, AZ. With all the high altitude runners in town, I was motivated to take advantage of training high and racing low. In 2006 I ran my first half marathon. It was so enjoyable that I began running marathons.
While living in Ashland, Oregon I met runners that competed in ultra marathons. I ran my first 50k in 2008 and am currently training for my first 50 miler in February. I have crewed and paced friends at many ultras, including Badwater 135 mile ultra marathon and Western States 100. I hope to one day complete and compete in a 100 mile race as a vegan athlete powered by Vega.
Beyond running I practice Bikram Yoga, am a member at a Cross Fit gym and work and play with groups throughout the outdoor adventure community.
I currently live and work in Chicago, Illinois and have been vegan for 7 months. I eat vegan predominantly for health, fitness advantages and environmental health.
Ask me where I get my protein, go ahead, ask me.
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I though I replyied to this months ago but apparently I have not.
Thanks for the kind words, I've updated my profile with the latest videos, there are two more to come before we begin work on our Morocco footage.
Yes sponsors help lots, First and foremost be providing exposure to our project. But they definately have help soften the financial blow of our last trip. Peru and Bolivia was payed for out of pocket it was tough but it is possible. If you travel to a place where things are less expensive then you can live fairly cheaply. especially if you camp. If you have any questions about this type of travel I would be glad to answer. Ask away!
High five and good luck with your goals! I too would like to complete a 100 one day.
My pleasure--thanks for accepting my request.
Good luck w/ the Rocky waiting list. You will know by mid-January. Hope the number of registrants for the 100-mile race is much lower than expected. Keep us posted. There is always a 50-100 mile snowshoe race to test your mettle. :)
Enjoy a fruitful holiday.
No, I have not run with them...I do most of my "in-season" work with my Iron-buds in the NW 'burbs..."off-season" I operate a one-man show...
Welcome to CHI...I have spent countless hours/days/weeks in PDX! I love (and miss) the PacNW...
I'm currently bustin' my butt in the lap pool...wanna get my Iron-Swim down to 1:10 or less...Running has taken a back seat for now...I'm getting 3x's a week on the run...nothing too serious!