Starting with Cross Country in High School, I found a love and appreciation for running that eventually led to me completing my first 50 mile race in November 2015. Through distance running, I found a way to push my limits both mentally and physically. Working at Riverside Runners has allowed me to become a bigger part of a community that I have grown to truly appreciate. What truly solidified my love for running, specifically long distances, was the feeling of accomplishment and pride I felt shortly after finishing my first 50 kilometer race back in 2013. 

After taking a break from running after High School, I reignited my passion for distance after discovering minimalist running. The Saucony Zealot (And by Extension, The Saucony Kinvara) is easily my favorite shoe in the store due to both the lower heel-toe offset as well as the lightweight nature of both shoes.

What I’m loving right now:

I fuel my long runs with Hammer nutrition gels and Tailwind hydration drink mix. I love the taste and consistency of Hammer.  Tailwind has everything I need to keep me from bonking on race day. My “go to” apparel piece is the Brooks LSD Jacket. It’s extremely lightweight and packable but the perfect outer layer that helps to protect me from both cold and wind.