I’m a new mom figuring out how to make a square peg fit into a round hole. Not really, but that is how it feels sometimes when I remember my old life of running, literally, out the door for hours of blissful time on my feet. How different it is now! Even a simple run now involves all kinds of planning, pumping, and diaper changes. But I wouldn’t change it for the world. Being a mom completes me as a wife and as a runner.
I’ve been married to the man of my dreams for six years now. Jon is my biggest cheerleader, and he gives me courage when the introvert in me wants to run (ha!) and hide. I really believe that God made Jon just for me. Jon is my favorite place to be, and he loves me for me.
Running has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, but it is only recently that I started to intentionally train. I’ve always enjoyed working out, and a daily hour of cardio has been a staple since I was in high school. I ran my first marathon in 2013, and then I started to pursue a qualifying Boston time in 2014. Somewhere in all of that, I got hooked on the trails and ran my first ultra marathon.
It wasn’t really a surprise that I got pregnant in January of 2015, but it happened faster than we expected. Training took on a whole new meaning as my body grew a life inside of it. Running through pregnancy not only gave me a huge appreciation for what the body can do, it also helped make pregnancy, delivery, and recovery so much healthier–emotionally and physically.
Our little girl, Cadence Joy, is the best thing that has ever happened to us. She was born in September of 2015, and she lives up to her name–both as my running buddy and as the happiest little baby in our world.