From the prairies to the mountains

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“I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life…if you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it at full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good.” – Roald Dahl

I’m sure it’s safe to say Dahl was specifically talking about training as a distance runner when he said this, because that’s immediately where my mind goes. Today I’m opening my blog up with this quote because it’s a personal favorite of mine, and one that I’ve thought about quite a few times over my first couple months of being a professional athlete. I am constantly being reminded of how lucky I am to have the opportunity to embrace something I love to do and go at it full force. What’s even better is that I’m also lucky enough to be around a whole group of people going full force at the same target.

To give a little background on myself, I teamed up with Asics and Furman Elite this summer. I’m originally from Winnipeg, Canada, commonly known as “Winterpeg”, and ran in college at North Dakota State Universtiy, in Fargo, ND, commonly ranked in top 3 coldest cities in America. If you haven’t had the experience of running outside on a winter day in Fargo, where the endless miles of flat land allow you to fully experience a beautiful -30F wind chill in your face I would highly recommend it. The experience will leave you tougher and feeling #blesssed on every run you go on afterwards. But in all serious… my story is a little different than what you hear from most professional runners. I wasn’t highly recruited by a lot of big schools coming out of high school. Up until my junior year of college I had never made it to the NCAA championships and to be honest was not very close. As much as I joke about North Dakota being a winter tundra, it was a place that allowed me to go from being a 5-minute miler to a 7 time All American, a testament to the fact that when you’re around hard working, supportive people and embracing training “full speed ahead… with both arms” anything can happen.

That is what has brought me to where I am today, and that is why I’m so excited to be at Furman University, surround by amazing teammates who are ready to kick my butt in gear every day. I’m constantly being reminded here of how lucky I am to be surrounded by people who care about the sport as much as I do, and to train in such a beautiful area of the country.

Despite being a prairie girl who leaves no incline unnoticed, I am also thankful for the “hills” a.k.a mountains we get to run up for workouts and long runs. I won’t use up too much more of your time (or y’alls time- as they say here), so I’ll wrap this blog up. I think it’s safe to say all of us in Furman Elite are going at this training thing full throttle, and putting our absolute trust into Coach Gary’s program. I couldn’t think of a better place for us all to work towards our goals and I can’t wait to see what this year has in store for us. London 2017 – look out!

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