Hi everyone, and welcome to my Running Strong Health and Wellness website. Running has been a lifetime passion of mine ever since I was 9 years old. Over the years I have done so many things and have purchased numerous products within the running world to help improve my performance, skills, and ability as an athlete.
I’m a small-town island girl from Maui, Hawai’i who grew up on an agricultural farm, and I would look for ways to get faster and stronger to improve my time. I had access to a lot of hills to train on, which I feel helped give me that competitive edge. A lot of runners would tell me they hate hills, but I would always tell them, “Hills are my friend.”
In high-school I would train on my own in the summertime, running on my 150m driveway to do hill repeats on. I also lived off a very steep, hilly half-mile road that was so challenging, it took me 10 minutes to complete it. It was so tough, but I knew it was worth it, getting me closer to reaching my goals and having that competitive edge over my competitors.
I believe we all have a burning desire deep inside of us to do so many great things. I want to inspire other running athletes to achieve their goals and to tap into their full potential.
Throughout my years of experience, I’ve learned a lot about running and was able to significantly improve my speed, strength, and endurance. I know YOU can do it too and would love to share what I know and have learned to provide you with tips and strategies to get started running and even push you to that next level, running faster, longer, stronger and smarter.
A Little Story About My Running Life
Growing up I was smaller from everyone else (and still am, hehe). I was pretty much always the smallest kid. I may have been small, but I was fast. The boys used to tease me a lot for my size, but I’d chase after them and catch them. I started doing the Physical Fitness Test in elementary. I loved it! I loved challenging my body to see what I could do and how far I could push my body. All the fast sprinting was lots of fun for me and I felt like I was good at it.
I went on to running track and cross-country from middle school and all the way up through college. During my senior year, I was able to reach my goal and go out with a bang, finishing my collegiate career as an NAIA 10,000m All-American in track.
After college I took 6 years off from any serious running, as I had entered a new chapter of my life, entering what people call, “the real world.” What got me back into running consistently again was going through a divorce. It had been an outlet for me to focus on and unwind my mind. It brought me back to what I’ve always loved to do and thought I was always good at, running.
After my achievement with the 10,000m, I had thought about running a marathon and hadn’t done one yet. A close friend of mine had been encouraging me to do one too. So, I got an online training plan and started training for the 2009 Portland Marathon in Portland, Oregon.
I absolutely had no idea what I was doing, training for a full marathon. I was training solo, with no team, coach or running partners, along with crazy 90 degree and higher weather. There were days it was so hot I struggled to finish my long runs. I had my previous knowledge of running, but I also didn’t know anything about taking gels, getting the proper level of electrolytes, hydrating during long runs, etc.
I was put in touch with my friend’s coach just a couple of days before the race, who gave me some pointers. I ended up running a 3:09 for my first debut marathon. My friend’s coach said he believed I could qualify for the Olympic Marathon Trials. Hearing that was like gold to me, as it has been my dream since a little girl to be an Olympic runner. From then on, I put my head down and got to work.
I gave up a lot to train and see how far I could go with my running. I’ll be posting more of my story and articles of it later on. Long story short, after hours of training, sacrificing, time, commitment, sweat, and tears, I had qualified for the 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials. I have God and so many people to thank who helped get me there, and it wasn’t until I had the proper guidance and resources, training plans, and coaches to help me significantly improve my performance as a runner.
Paying it Forward
As I mentioned before, I have so many people to thank who helped me along the way to reach my achievements. My friends and fans loved hearing my stories, as they would tell me, “you’re so inspiring.” People would approach me and ask, “How do I start training for a marathon?” or “How do I start running?” So, I started this page, how to start running for beginners.
This is my way of giving back. Everyone deserves a chance at wanting to become great at something, no matter what background you come from. Needless to say, the popularity of running has grown exponentially, as more and more people are wanting to be more healthy, lose weight, or they catch that “runner’s high,” and want to see just how good they can get, like qualify for the Boston Marathon or running their personal best.
I love running, and I love helping and seeing others succeed in it too. I’m very new at starting my own website to help others in their running journey, but I’m also very excited to bring what I know to the table in helping you succeed too.
I’m also one of those people who gets so emotional hearing about stories of their road to success. I start crying and get goosebumps when I watch inspirational videos/movies and they reach their wildest dreams. Hopefully, I can be a part in building your success as a runner too. So, look around. I would also love to hear your experiences, comments, and questions from your running journey.
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Founder of Running Strong Health and Wellness