"2017 was the first year since I started running that I didn't have a major injury. I attribute that to focusing more on self care, taking rest seriously, and finding a good work-training-life balance. I haven't mastered that balance yet, but I'm going to continue working on it.
I started doing yoga several years ago for injury rehabilitation and prevention. I also volunteer with a non-profit, Reason to Run. Part of the program includes working with current inmates at a local women's prison to help encourage healthy lifestyle, including physical activity, to foster a better quality of life and to reduce recidivism. On weekends, rain or shine, I watch these women in their prison-issued shoes and oversized, cotton clothes, run in tenth-of-a-mile circles in their prison yard simply because they love being in motion, because they love being outside, and because they aspire to become stronger individuals, both physically and mentally. Every time I experience a hard moment during a run, I think of these women and try to channel their strength and perseverance.
Athletically, I'd like to run the Washatch 100. This year, I watched as a good friend was life-flighted off the course. I'd like to run it for her.
Skout bars and pumpkin seeds are staples in my desk and in my car. They keep me going, whether I'm standing at my desk and don't have time to grab lunch, fueling between workouts, or stuck in traffic on the commute home. They provide me with healthy substance I can rely on."