First things first... we need to get this out of the way. Yes. I am 4'11" and yes... I could get a handicap tag in some states for driving due to my height if I wanted to. Why do people always ask that after they ask how tall I am? ;-)
I am a runner through and through. I might not be the speediest, but running is a huge part of my life. So much so that in one of my entrance essays to BYU, it was the first sentence. "I am a runner". I also threw my height in there too ;) the admissions people must've been like "Who's this crazy?? Better let her in so she can get help!" Hehe... just kidding. I promise, it was a good essay.
I grew up in NH. I am the youngest of 6 kids (3 brothers and 2 sisters) and I have 6 nephews and 4 nieces. I moved to UT for college and now am in TX. I started running in 6th grade. It was shortly after my mom passed away from breast cancer. My father always went running around the block and I started going with him. Realize though that "running around the block" in NH = ~3miles. We had some of our best bonding moments during that time. Running helped me cope with everything I was going through and it still does. :-)
I am currently going through a knee injury, but I hope to run another marathon in 201l as long as all my healing goes according to plan. I ran the SLC marathon in April 2010 and then the RnR San Antonio marathon in November 2010. I also have a few half marathons, handful of 10ks and bunches of 5ks under my belt.
I love racing and if I had to pick my most favorite distance... it would have to be the half marathon. The husband always tells me how much I rock at the half. hehe, maybe that's why I like it. The husband gets more excited at half marathons when he cheers. He's my #1 fan... okay, like my ONLY fan :-)
My ultimate goal is to qualify to run Boston. It would be so amazing to do that and to run on my home turf!
Last but not least: I run in memory of my mom. Always. She was an amazing woman and she inspires me everyday. When I feel like quitting or I feel like it's too much- I think of all she went through and it picks me up and pushes me to keep going. I honestly can say that this is the only way I got through the San Antonio marathon... that was a terrible race- blegh.