Running has always been a part of my life. My mom tells me I ran as soon as I could walk. During the summers, my family lived on a fire lookout in Central Oregon where we enjoyed running in the high desert with ponderosa pines, cool breezes and warm sun. At five years of age, I ran 2.5 miles at the lookout. Crazy to think about that now. I enjoyed running through my high school years. In college, I focused on my physical therapy studies and did not return to serious running until my late 30’s. I started with shorter distances and joined different Hood to Coast teams. When I was 39, I decided to run my first marathon.
Now, I love to mix travel and running. My trips have taken me to St. George to see the canyons of Bryce and Zion National parks, Big Sur with its lovely Monterey Peninsula, Marine Corps marathon with museums and monuments of Washington DC, Chicago with the big city architecture, Boston to see Colonial America and Disneyworld to visit Mickey and Minnie Mouse. I do trail running in beautiful Oregon and participated in events along McKenzie River and the Columbia Gorge.
I feel fortunate to be able to combine my love of exercise with my work as a physical therapist. I enjoy helping runners and non-runners return to an active lifestyle.