I’ve run most of my life. My dad and a few uncles are runners and got me interested as a very, young child. I ran cross country in high school, but back then, running was to help stay in shape for other sports and to clear my head.

One day, a friend convinced me to compete in a sprint triathlon with her, and I’ve completed two. Before the triathlon training, I’d only run two to four miles. After, I started averaging four to six, but this routine ended abruptly. I got sick, and was placed on oxygen for four months. No one was able to find a reason why my body wasn’t getting enough oxygen. I was sent to get a handicap license and told it would possibly be permanent. I never could imagine my self as a non-active person, I felt this is something I have, but it’s not what defines me. Then, to the surprise of my doctors, I got better.

A few months later with the support of my husband, I got back to running. It was a difficult process, a fourth of a mile had me gasping for breath. Eventually, I made my way back to running regularly, again. Then, I was blessed and became pregnant. I was labeled high-risk, so my doctors ask me to stop running, yet again.

Four years ago my friend in BAF, convinced me to run the Galveston toughest 10k with her. I’d never run a 10k, but I felt well trained enough to give it a try. The next year, I trained by myself and completed the bridge series and my first half marathon. Two years ago, I joined BAF, because I didn’t want to train alone and wanted a support network. Since joining, I’ve completed seven more half marathons and numerous other races.

The support and friendship here is amazing. I’ve accomplished more goals then I imagined, and the training schedule keep me accountable. Now as a member of the coaching team,‎ I’m very happy to have the opportunity to provided support to new runners.

I’ve learned that in growth there is always regression. I’ve also learned that each day is a chance to begin again.

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