I started running in my teens and was fitted for my first pair of running shoes at a store called Ragged Mountain Running Shop in Charlottesville when I was fourteen. The experience of sitting down in a running store, having my foot measured, being asked questions about my goals, really made an impression on me. I ran for 4 years in high school and completed my first marathon while still in college. I have competed in international triathlons and several of the big five marathons. I run in my neighborhood and I run when I travel. Through my years as a United States Marine, a graduate student, and a PTA Mom I have run. From my love of running, I began to coach, organized a local chapter of "Girls on the Run," and took a position at a specialty running store in my former hometown. It is there that the owner, a sports medicine physical therapist, trained me in proper fitting and gait analysis. Now I want to share this love for running with others in the community through Charles River Running. With no plans of stopping anytime soon, you'll most likely see me out on the road or at a local road race.