Hey all! First off, I want to say THANK YOU for supporting The Running Road Trip. You have no idea how much we appreciate it. This has been our dream for over a year, and now we're about to make it a reality. We appreciate everyone who has donated, volunteered to host us, or just kept up with our news and shared it with friends and family.
Anyway, I thought I should make this first blog post an intro, since I might not know all of you personally (I hope I don't! That means our project is spreading!).
So who am I?
I am a runner (obviously). But I wasn't always a runner. I started running my freshman year of high school. It was one of the craziest decisions I've made, but it has helped me find focus and a love for life and the outdoors. I started off slow, but I persevered. Now here I am, six years later (wow, that's a long time) still running. I am not on any teams at school, I run mostly alone. In the years since high school, I've embraced the fact that I will never be the fastest and am transitioning into more of a trail/ultra runner. My main focus as a runner right now is Dirty 30, a 50k trail race that will take place June 3rd shortly before we depart on our summer of running. Unfortunately, I found out my iron levels are pretty low recently, so I won't be racing for a time so much as racing for the experience. In addition, I've returned to Boulder High School as a volunteer track coach.
But I don't just run. Yes, it is a huge part of my life and something I love, but I do a lot of other things.
School-wise, I'm finishing up a leadership minor and Chinese major this year. Next year, I plan to return to the school of music at CU Boulder to complete my Bachelors of Arts (in violin). In addition, I've picked up a Computer Science degree and a Technology, Arts, and Media minor. Hopefully Charlie will help me prep for this new area of interest as we travel.
I recently finished my yoga teacher training through Corepower. I hope to take what I've learned and use it throughout the trip, to keep our team injury free, but also to hopefully teach a couple of classes in various states! I am working on organizing that now.
So violin, yoga, running, school; I'm pretty busy. But when I have free time I love to make food and share it with friends. I'm especially excited to eat some of the places we travel this summer. (I've been researching the best donut shops in every state!)
I guess that's a brief overview about me. I hope you continue to read and follow us on our journey. Thank you again for all of your support!