In addition to my academic and clinical work, I also work hard at being an athlete. I started as a Division 1 college soccer player. When that was done, I became a runner. Though I struggled with the long distances at first, I eventually found my inner runner and developed a gratifying athletic and competitive career! I’ve dabbled in many different events, from the 800m on the track to the ½ marathon on the roads, and everything in between. I’ve enjoyed running all the events and setting my own personal records, but the undisputed highlight of my running career was in 2016 when I qualified to run in the Women’s Master’s 1500m Exhibition Race at the Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon. As the linked article mentions, it was so exciting to run in such a huge venue, on the same track as future Olympians, and with such a huge crowd! I am also very proud that I was the Indoor Track National Age Group Champion in the 800m and mile in 2010 and 2014.
I am so grateful to have had such great experiences with athletics. For my running, I have to give a shout-out to my running club, the Ronald McDonald House of Providence Running Club, and its coaches, Bob and Anne Rothenberg and Jon Barnes. Without this club and its coaching, I definitely would not have had such success and enjoyment in running. Special thanks to Bob for introducing me to indoor track and spending so much time imparting his wisdom to me.
2016, Eugene, Oregon; Olympic Trials Master’s Exhibition 1500m Race.