“That’s the thing about running: your greatest runs are rarely measured by racing success. They are moments in time when running allows you to see how wonderful your life is.” – Kara Goucher

I love to race, as I enjoy getting out there and running with a whole bunch of people that share the same passion for running as I do. I love to spark conversations with people I just met throughout the course. I love to push myself. It is a great feeling at the finish line knowing that you put the training in and you gave it your all.

However, racing is not why I run. Running is a way for me to destress and refocus. I could have chosen any type of activity, but I chose running, because I could just slip on my shoes and head out the door whenever I needed to. It is the fresh air in my lungs. It was peacefulness of running along the Keweenaw Waterway when I was in college. It was me time, after having three children. It was having long conversations and catching up with a running friend. It is the voice in my head that kept me going and reaching new goals. I love to see what my body is capable of. Even though I am getting older, I am still getting faster and stronger.

I love how hard work and dedication pays off. Not every run goes as planned, but those are the moments that have made me stronger. Those are the moments that have made me realize how lucky I am to be out there. Nothing is more fulfilling than being completely exhausted after a good run. Running is my drug, my happy drug, as it keeps me balanced mentally and physically. My desire to become a pacer happened after I decided to run with a pacing group to reach a new PR in my half marathon time. It was such a great experience for me.

The pacers were amazing, as they were very positive and kept me going. They even made me laugh. I PR’d that race and I knew that my next challenge was to pace. I want to help other runners reach their goals and have the same positive experience that I. I had an amazing experience pacing the Gazelle Girl last year and am looking forward to pace again this year. There is nothing better than women supporting women.