You've run A LOT of races. Which was your favorite? Which was the most trying?
When I started racing in 2012 I fell in love with a local Pittsburgh race called The Liberty Mile. It is a one mile race downtown on a Friday night and it is so much fun. They have a variety of heats so you can run your heat and then watch some of the fastest milers in the country compete. It is amazing. A close second is the Columbus Marathon. It is a beautiful course for a fantastic cause. The people behind the Columbus Marathon are very helpful with any questions you may have and run a great social media page. My most trying race was the 2015 Rock n Roll New Orleans Marathon. I was diagnosed with a stress fracture in my right foot 10 weeks before the race. I was not allowed to do anything for over a month. I was so determined to run that race that I trained hard for five weeks. The race itself was a bust and it may have been over an hour slower than my worse marathon time, but I did it.
What are your gear suggestions for new runners
Take your time and find your perfect shoes. You can sabotage yourself before you take your first step by not being in the correct shoe. Do not think you have to be in a specific brand/style at first. Go to a local running store and get fitted, you will thank me later!
What do you love about being a part of the Oiselle Volée?
I joined the Oiselle team in hopes to connect with some amazing and inspiring women. My teammate range from everyday runners like me, to professionals. We know we are strong together and motivate each other every day. Even if I cannot run a race, I am out there cheering on my teammates and they do the same. We celebrate victories and are there for each other during the rough points. I have become such good friends with some of these ladies, and I am so happy I made the decision to join the team!
Where are your favorite places in Pittsburgh to run?
I love running out at North Park. There is a five mile loop of rolling hills around a lake. It is beautiful and peaceful. There are a ton of local races out there too, so I feel like I have an advantage! I also really love running on the River Trail in downtown. You run by some bridges and rivers, along with professional sports stadiums. Plus, it might be the only flat area in town!