I have been a runner for 24 years. Inspired by my Dad who ran marathons when I was young, I began running with him and discovered shortly thereafter it was something that would be a part of my life for good! As I studied to become a math teacher, it only seemed a natural fit to also become a coach. I have had the pleasure of teaching and coaching cross country and track for 15 years now at Anderson High School. There are so many great reasons to run, but the one thing that I enjoy the most is spreading my passion for the sport to others. As part of my job I get to inspire and motivate young athletes daily but I also make it a goal to encourage friends old and new to get into the sport that is so encouraged and embraced by our community! The energy is so positive in the running community…it’s contagious and addicting! Of course I love to compete in many races and I hold very high expectations for myself, but even more so I love helping others to achieve their goals. Being a part of the Flying Pig Pace Team and making training plans for runners from 5k up to the marathon (and then cheering them on to the finish!! ?) is very rewarding.
I think it is so important to set good examples and live a healthy, positive lifestyle. I feel especially responsible for this as I am a role model for my athletes, especially my girls. I want them to feel strong and confident, and to be able to lean on running as I have done as they grow up to conquer the world!
I feel that I have been blessed with the relationships and experiences I have gained through running and I am committed to promoting the sport in every way that I can.