Although I started running cross-country in 7th grade, my running story really begins the following season – my 8th grade season. After a fractured elbow effectively shattered my dream of playing college baseball, I decided to see how fast I could run. I started running with the varsity guys team doing everything I could to hang on during workouts and long runs. Things went well over the course of the season. I set some school records (18:05 5k) and ultimately finished 7th in the Footlocker Southeast Cross Country Championships 13-14 year old race that November. Not surprisingly, I also lost a lot of weight and felt much more confident. I liked this running thing. The following spring I ran 4:57 in the 1600 m and 10:56 in the 3200 m.
The following year my dad got a new job, and I moved for high school. Although it wasn’t always rainbows and fluffy bunnies, I steadily improved throughout high school. I finished with PRs of 16:11 (5k), 9:55 (3200 m), 4:27 (1600 m) and 2:00 (800 m). I was offered a small scholarship to run at Davidson College in North Carolina. I ran pretty well there but suffered from persistent knee injuries that ultimately resulted in knee surgery, ending my collegiate running career after my freshmen track season. I transferred from Davidson College to Georgia Tech to finish my chemistry degree and never really picked running up again.
In 2014 as I began my chemistry Ph.D. program at Michigan State, I decided to start running again. I set new PRs in the 10k and half-marathon and suffered a stress fracture, a groin injury and getting hit by a car. Presently, I’m coming back from about a 9 month running hiatus that followed an injury and moving back to Atlanta from Michigan. New job, new shoes, new routes, new goals.
- 1500 m – 4:09
- 5k – 15:40
- 10k – 33:09
- HM – 1:14:58
- Race – HM, 10k
- Workouts – 16 x 400 m, 8 x 1000 m, progressive LR