I started running distance races in 1999 after being spurred on by a friend to do the Chicago marathon (yep—that was my first race). From there I kind of caught the competitive bug and began participating in triathlons and trail races to add some spice to my running fun. With my competitive days behind me…running for me now, is more about having fun, being outdoors, hanging with friends and just loving the running experience. I have paced many half marathons and one marathon and I love helping people achieve their goals. I live in Grand Rapids, MI with my two dogs and I work as a health and wellness coach. I believe exercise saves lives … and sanity, and makes a better world. Healthy body, healthy mind, happy people…better world!