I started running as a stress reliever. I had always been a walker but knew I could do more. I like to get things done and multitask so was looking for a way to do more and get it done faster than walking. When I tried running it was hard… I thought that getting 3-6 miles a week was good, and it was for me then, but now with the help of some good friends I have realized that running doesn’t even feel good until mile 3 and the miles after are even better than the first ones. With the help of the infamous RunnerGirlz, I now get up at a little after 4 am a couple days a week to get miles in before everyone goes to work. I like to run any time of the day or night alone or with a group, as long as I can get out there. When I heard about the Mangum Track Club I knew I wanted to be a part of it. I grew up in Ellerbe and saw the Ellerbe Marathoners running past my house every year, I always wanted to participate and thankfully Doug made a half marathon version that I have ran every year since it started whether I trained for it or not. I have run a 50k at Hinson Lake 24 Hour ultra, about 6 or more shirt runs with friends that wanted to join and numerous other races. If I hadn’t met this great group of crazy runners, I may still just be running 2-3 miles at a time and not pushing my limits and feeling or chasing the runners high. I have been married for 16 years, have two teenagers, work full time as a nurse and just starting to go back to school to get my masters degree in nursing. I can tell there will be a lot more running in the next couple years to relieve the stress of school and having teenagers. I also like to plan runs during my vacations to add to the destination shirts and medals in my possession. I feel that signing up for a run during my vacation or doing a destination run helps me to see more of the area I am in and keeps me moving and motivated while I am there. I also like to add to my running shirt collection I think that is a silent obsession to look through all the running shirts and medals to see where you have been and how far you have come. I also run because I like to eat and running helps me not to feel guilty in indulging in the good stuff. Fun fact I am the current ice cream eating champion at Firsthealth Richmond Campus 3 years in a row!!