About Me

Running Background

I first started running in 1990. I was in 8th grade and joined the track team. I wasn't very good and didn't thrive under the pressure. Since I wasn't the star of the team, I didn't run again until my sophomore year of high school.

I started running again on my own, not as part of the track team and I discovered joy in the solitude and peace in the rhythmic motion. I ran regularly until my junior year in college when working and studying began to take up too much of my time. Even though I missed running and thought about it every day, I just couldn't fit it into my schedule.

Running the Pittsburgh Marathon in 2002 for Team in Training.
After graduation I started running regularly again. I was so thrilled to be running again that I did too much too fast and developed Achilles tendinitis in my left ankle, which tends to fare up when I over do it.

Once my ankle was stronger, I signed up with Leukemia Lymphoma Society Team in Training. During my months of training for the Pittsburgh Marathon, I participated in a bunch of 5Ks and a half marathon.

After the Pittsburgh Marathon, I ran and finished the Marine Corps Marathon, but didn't put in enough training to get a good time. I think two marathons in six months was a bit overzealous, but I also think I was more inspired to train for the Pittsburgh Marathon because I was running for a cause.

Since my daughter was born seven years ago, I've had a set weekly running schedule  (before I got pregnant this summer I was up to 50 miles a week training for the 2015 Pittsburgh Marathon) and participated in 5Ks and half marathons.
My daughter Makayla at 9 months bundled up for a run.
Makayla growing out of the jogging stroller.

Makayla and I celebrating after her first 1 mile race.

Random Bits and Pieces

There is more to life than running ;) So here are 10 other things about me:

My son Nathaniel who turns 3 on May 29, 2016 has Down Syndrome.
I've had two stories published in Chicken Soup for the Soul.
I'm the Children's Minister at First United Methodist Church.
I have 10 nieces and nephews.
I'm a fan of crime shows like Law & Order, CSI and Criminal Minds.
I'm seriously overly concerned with being a victim of a heinous crime.
I went to college in South Carolina and sometimes wish I still lived there.
I live in Pennsylvania now.
I hate cold weather.
I hate bugs more.


  1. Hello B! I saw your comments over at Running to Recovery and thought they were spot on enough for me to come visit your site - something told me it might be you! So happy to see you up and blogging. Congrats on the pregnancy!! Loved your story in the Chicken Soup for the Soul you sent me! Good luck with the challenge this year - I'll be back for another visit soon. :)

  2. I found you through Running is Funny's Linky Love today. I love all faith-filled, runners from PA (Pittsburgh here). :)