About Me

I am a 30 something mom of 3 currently living in Pittsburgh, PA.  I am an NASM Certified Personal Trainer.  I have a love of running (and baked goods!) and overall active lifestyle.  I try to enjoy a balance of fitness and healthy eating and living.

In my early 20s, I found myself obese and unhappy.  I tried fad diets and exercise plans and eventually got on a fitness and nutritional path that worked for me.  I lost over 100 lbs and have successfully kept the weight off.  I've learned that "fads" and "diets" and quick fixes don't work.  You have to live an overall healthy lifestyle to be completely healthy and fit for life.  There's no other option.

In 2012, I took an interest in running.  I ran when I was younger but never really appreciated it.  Running, for me, is more than just a workout.  It's therapy, it's release, it's fun, it's a way to connect with nature, and it is freedom.  In September of 2012, I ran my first 5K, and have since ran in several more races, which you can find on my recaps page.

On November 3, 2013, I sustained a stress fracture of the inferior pubic ramus and a stress reaction of the femur on the same side.  I spent 9 weeks on crutches, doing no weight bearing activity before being allowed to practically relearn to walk, let alone run again.

After a successful recovery focused on slow easy mileage with some gradual speed workouts toward the end of the season, I became a marathoner when I crossed the finish line of the Marine Corps Marathon on October 26, 2014.  I also achieved my goal of running a marathon in less than 4 hours!

I hope I can give you some hope, make you laugh and most of all realize that anything is possible.  Nothing that is truly worth it comes easily but the outcome is so sweet.

Stay happy, fit, and well fed my friends!


  1. What a fabulous story! You truly are a survivor. Its amazing how the Lord steps in and calls to us when we need him most. Bless you and your family.

  2. Another Pittsburgh Runner! Yay! What an inspiring story and so happy that you found your way to running. I think you're doing the right thing by coming back slowly...you'll be better off in the end. I blog over at thisrunnersfuel.com. I bet we run some of the same routes! :)

    1. Hi!! Thank you for coming by! We've probably passed each other and haven't even realized it. :)