May 1, 2009 I decided to run the Flying Pig Half-Marathon…on a whim. The race was in two days and I had been VERY loosely training to do the first leg of the Relay. I got caught up in the excitement of the Expo and decided to just go for it and run the Half-Marathon instead of the Relay (13.1 miles instead of 6 miles!).
The Half-Marathon was not as hard as I expected it to be, and upon finishing, I decided that if I trained, even just a little bit, I could and would run a full. So, later that year in October, I ran the Columbus Marathon. I then started coaching others at my run club to help them reach their goals; which is also very rewarding!! As it turns out, I really love to challenge my body, see what I’m capable of, and convince others they can do it too!
One best friend (and best running buddy), a husband, and 3 kids later, I’m still running marathons (I even ran and/or walked half-marathons through all my pregnancies!). And, over the last few years, I’ve picked up cycling too.
I started coming to Power Ryde June 2017; came 4 times but dropped off for some reason. In May 2018, I came back...and I kept coming back...like everyday or several times a day! I was (and still am!) completely hooked to the high energy intense workouts and the super friendly welcoming atmosphere at Power Ryde, that compliment my running so well!
I also fell in love with the strength classes. Over the course of 6 months my body changed so much and my marathon time dropped over 20 minutes. I tell anyone who will listen about Power Ryde, and I’m so thrilled to be joining the fun as an instructor!