Welcome to my blog! I have been blogging since 2012 and until recently, it had mostly been about all things running….
I have been running since I was in middle school when I started running the Race for the Cure with my Mom back in 1999. In high school, I actually played volleyball then switched to the cross-country and track teams. It was then that I fell in love with the sport due to my supportive coaches and teammates! After high school, I continued to run for fitness until my final year of college when I decided to do my first race over 3.1 miles. I needed to stay in shape while finishing up school. In April of 2010, I ran my first half, the Horsetooth Half Marathon!
A couple years later, in 2013, starting this blog was a way to stay motivated and track my progress. The original “quarter life crisis” was to run a race in every state (hence the name, Racing the States).
Since then, I have fallen in and out of love with running, but through bouts of motivation highs and lows, but have gained a lot more interests in life, travel and the outdoors.
Now, Racing the States has morphed into “Racing & Wandering” and is a place where I can talk about my lifestyle of being an avid outdoor enthusiast, traveler, and still a runner while trying to balance the need to fund it all. (Yes, I still want to run a race in every state! I am up to 12!)
Often, you’ll find me running on a mountain trail, snowboarding in the high country of Colorado, visiting less-traveled places, and trying to climb to the top of a rock wall!
I would love for you to follow my adventures!
I used to be a vet tech with a degree in Zoology but decided to switch to the fitness industry. Since, I have become a RRCA Certified Running Coach, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, Heart Zones Certified Trainer, and USA Track & Field Level I Coach. Although I love personal training and coaching it’s hard to make a living at it. I was doing all sorts of odd jobs like Brand Ambassador stuff, substitute teaching while still balancing a personal training career.
At the same time as these random jobs, I was also an Ambassador for 3W Races. I volunteered and helped at races in exchange for getting to run for free (the free swag was a bonus). The owners must have liked me a lot and offered me a job, a dream job! I now work for 3W Races as a marketing coordinator and help with the operations and race production or our events!
I still do some personal training and group fitness classes at my local recreation center. I also got a job coaching high school sports, finding another true passion! I coach the Long and Triple Jumps at Green Mountain High School as an assistant Track & Field coach as well as Assistant Cross Country Coach at Golden High School! Coaching high schoolers is a true joy of a job!
A little extra about me: I’m from Colorado, but was not born there – I moved when I was three months old, so I’m 99.9% Native (I’ve done the math). I currently reside in Golden, a wonderful city just west of Denver. You can tell I’m pretty active, but I also love to read, drink beer, eat pankcakes and I have a weird obsession with all things zombie related.
Feel free to contact me, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ask me questions or just say hi!