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Runner

Background

Running has always been a major part of my life. I am naturally a competitive person, and the sport constantly pushes me to be my best version of myself. After finding success in high school track and cross country, I earned a scholarship to compete as a Division I athlete at North Carolina State University

 

Unfortunately, I battled a debilitating hip fracture, numerous other stress fractures, and what was, at the time, a career-ending eating disorder. Recovering through intensive treatment at the UNC hospital and with the help of a supportive outpatient team, I was forced to sign a restrictive "medical disqualification" and step away from my sport.

 

I spoke about this incredibly difficult challenge  in a short podcast here, and I remain open about my struggles. 

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The time away from my favorite sport felt unfair. I believed the disqualification stripped me of my dreams, seemingly overnight. As a result, I quickly developed a profound distrust in the NCAA labor system. Still, I loved the sport and it was no doubt hard to sit on the sidelines, wondering "what if."

 

This confusing period gave me the clarity to focus on my studies and regain optimal health. To this day, I believe recovery was the hardest thing I have ever been through, and I consider myself extremely fortunate for having had the support to do so.

 

Once the time was right, I returned to competition as an MA student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I knew the risks involved, including but not limited to a possible relapse of my eating disorder, but I also felt I owed it to myself to try. 

 

While at UNC, I ran to injury-free personal bests in all of my events, proving to myself and those around me that recovery was possible, especially with a patient support team. Although I still believe the NCAA system is inherently abusive, I have learned to use running as a form of therapy and meditation, and believe that competition holds me accountable, forcing me to remain healthy.

Since entering the world of post-collegiate running, I have  realized that my academic scholarship and my running worlds are closely intertwined. I view my running pursuits as a crucial component of my academic interests. Running has been a key source of cross-cultural connections, regardless of where my research takes me.  The sport has gifted me new friendships, provided me a connection with diverse communities, and has consistently been my primary method of writing reflection. Some of my best ideas are the product of endless miles logged alone, or even with fellow historian runners!

 

I am continuing to chase my dreams, motivated by what I've overcome in the past. I am supported by Nuun Hydration and currently compete for the HOKA Aggies in California, specializing in long-distance road races, from the 10K to the Marathon, and the occasional trail or track race. I see myself pursuing a book project that connects my scholarly interests with my love for all things running. More on that later!

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Running Resume

Personal Records:

  • 3K track: 10:01

  • 5K track: 17:04

  • 5K XC: 17:28

  • 6K XC: 21:47

  • 10K track: 35:54

  • 6 mile road: 35:02

  • Half Marathon (Road): 1:20

  • Half Marathon (Trail): 2:03

  • Full Marathon (Road): 2:57

  • 55K (Trail): 8:21

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Accolades:

  • 2010 Footlocker Finalist (Top-40 national high school runner)

  • NC State Scholar Athlete Award

  • UNC Varsity Letterwinner

  • 2014 Team ACC Cross Country Champions (UNC)

  • 2016 Rock n Roll Savannah Half Marathon Female Champion

  • 2019 Centipede World Record (HOKA Aggies, Bay to Breakers)

  • 2022 Boston Marathon Finisher

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