I have loved running for as long as I can remember, but for a long time it was more small and quick sprints than anything sustained. My mom ran a lot when I was growing up, and I tried to develop the routine a few times but could never stick with it.
In college I joined a Division II Women’s Rugby team, and for the first time in my life was really licked into shape. I began to run as part of our fitness program, and it was okay, but definitely not something I thought of as a passion. As I did off-season fitness I really came to enjoy it.
Then in the Spring of 2011 I tore my ACL. Losing my ability to run made me realize how much I missed it. After almost nine months I was finally giving permission to run again.
I had bought a pair of brand new sneakers the day after my surgery, and I wore them throughout my physical therapy. I tried to run in them, but something felt wrong. Then I looked at the soles: they were worn down completely unevenly. I was not landing flat on my feet, but instead walking and running at a considerable angle.
I had a friend who owned a pair of Vibram FiveFinger shoes, and she was very fond of them. I did some research online and felt that running in the Vibrams without the padding of a traditional sole might help me retrain my feet to land properly when I ran. So took the plunge and bought a pair of Vibram Komodos.
It was a slow adjustment but I soon fell in love with running in minimalist shoes. I had often experienced knee pain when running even before my injury, but now it was gone. My runs felt adventurous and fun. I loved the increased contact with the ground.
I tried out some other shoes over the years but was never as contented as I was with my Komodos. The ones that broke the farthest into my heart are the fun FILA sneakers pictured above that then got discarded during a difficult overweight baggage dilemma.
After three years the Komodos were really terribly worn out, and I finally broke down and bought a pair of Merrell Vapor Gloves in Spring of 2015. A few months later I added a pair of Merrell Bare Access Arc 3 trail running shoes to my arsenal.
I currently run on a rotation of the Merrells and a pair of Youth Vibram KSO EVOs I got to replace the Komodos.
My furthest race distance is a 10K, with a PR that got lost in the bowels of technology but was somewhere around 67 minutes (yeah, I know, I’m like lightning fast).
I’m currently training for the Nashville Ultra in November of 2015.