I started racing when I was in the 7th grade. I ran competitively all throughout high school and college. Post-college, I needed something to motivate me to continue working out and to stay in shape, so I began competing in local 5Ks, half-marathons and triathlons. My proudest moment as an athlete was completing my first Ironman Triathlon in November 2012.
The successes I have attained in sports have come from the help of others. Whether it be a coach, a teammate, a training partner or a loved one showing me support for what I do, it is because of them that I have been able to do so much in running and triathlon (coupled with hours and hours and hours of training, of course). When things get tough during training or racing, I remind myself of my motto in high school - “I don’t have to do it, I get to do it.” I am very lucky that I have the ability to run and continue to do what I love.
My objective now as an athlete is to continue to grow, win a few more medals and also be able to teach other athletes what I know. Who knows, maybe even inspire them to go after their goals, big or small!