I write, run, travel, fast-clap, repeat. I write about people, fitness, food, motivation, looking out for the next generation, yoga and a ton about running. I am currently a Californian bothering Bostonians. I think they enjoy it. I like design and art. I find joy in the simple things. Coffee is my fuel. A promised t-shirt and beer at the end of a race is reason enough for me to run. I like team sports (I once played on a dodgeball team that threw 90mph. Now seeking a kickball team.), community (read: November Project), athletic pursuits and soaking in the Vitamin-D sunshine with SPF 100. I am a proud owner of walkie-talkies that were most definitely purchased for Reach the Beach solely. I enjoy sampling every item I purchase from Trader Joe’s immediately upon unpacking the goods. I only buy colorful band-aids, because it makes me smile. When I get my copy of Runner’s World in the mailbox, it also makes me smile. I sing the correct, on-key lyrics to all of the songs while my co-captain increases the car stereo volume. I don’t talk about fashion, because I am far from qualified. I live in athleisure and attempt to make simple meals and have successfully discovered how to keep houseplants (“Plant” is his name, and he is delightful) alive. Boom.
About The Blog
“Alright, let’s do it,” he said to me as he grabbed the first writing material he could find. He scribbled numbers, times and dates in pen and slid the napkin across to me. That was my first marathon training plan. It all started in a Harvard Square bar with two beers, a recent half marathon finish glow, and a training plan written on a napkin by my long-time friend, Coach Eugenio.
That was my first marathon and dive into long-distance running. I finished in 3:59:09. In 2013, I ran my first Boston Marathon (3:50:33) as part of the Dana-Farber team and raised funds for cancer research with the help and support of so many friends. I ran two more years with Dana-Farber, and started this blog talking about our weekly long runs. As it’s grown, I took to writing about cooking (a new and comical entrance into the world of food), travel, and anything that brings happiness to the day. With four marathons and a handful of other races and Tough Mudders under my belt since then, I’m ready for new explorations like hiking, globe trotting, yoga (just earned my 200-hr YTT), and especially moments that include napkins at washed up bars.
Volunteering was an activity I learned at a young age and one that still feeds my soul. These non-profits are ones I have personally been a part of and am proud to support. And hope you will too – whether it’s through, time, encouraging posts or donations.
Bobbi Gibb Sculpture Project | Massachusetts
The Bobbi Gibb Sculpture Project is working to build the first female sculpture of the first female, Bobbi Gibb, to run the Boston Marathon on the course. As of today, the Boston Marathon course does not have a single sculpture of a female.
San Diego Humane Society and ASPCA | California
The San Diego Humane Society and ASPCA has adoption programs, education programs, community programs, animal safety programs and youth programs to create a more humane world. They do this by inspiring compassion, providing hope and advancing the welfare of animals and people.
Dana Farber Cancer Institute | New England
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is a renowned research facility in the New England area. The Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge Team (DFMC) was started to raise funds for basic cancer research. 100% of the proceeds go to the Claudia Adams Barr Program, which provides funding for projects often overlooked by government funding.
Girls on the Run | National
Girls on the Run is a national non-profit organization that instills confidence, wellness and fitness among young girls ages 8-13 around the country, and culminates in a final 5k to celebrate their achievements.