I was born, raised, and live in the south Puget Sound area, currently University Place. I’m over 40, married, and have 2 kids. I am a forester and part time archaeologist for the State, spending as much time as I can getting paid to wander the forests of Washington.
I have always been active in some fashion from soccer and basketball to, obviously, hiking through the forest. I needed a new challenge in life and wanted to improve my health and conditioning after being a light smoker for much of my early 30s and moving to an office-centric work role. So I started in running in late 2015, running my first road race in early 2016. Now I run most days and compete in many events from 5k to marathon on roads and trails, even winning occasionally.
I still consider myself new to running and the running community. What I lack in traditional running knowledge and training, I make up for with determination. I know I’m not the best runner out there, but that won’t stop me from trying to be the best (at least in my group).
I hope to be an example for other former and current non-runners of all ages, primarily over 40, as well as former smokers as proof that it just takes a little bit of effort and drive to get where you want with running. If you push yourself hard enough, you’ll be amazed at how far and how fast you can go! Hope to see you out there!