In July 2015, I realized I was not at ease with my place in the world. I felt I was failing my two objectives in life, which were to earn my PhD in Analytical Chemistry at Indiana University, and to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Trials in the marathon. I knew I was capable of both goals, but was struggling on a daily basis to fully devote all my energies in both directions. Furthermore, I was growing continually frustrated with the notion that graduate school is supposed to be an unhappy time in life. As I began devoting more time to running, my true passion, I grew more angry that the happiness I found in training was seen as an act of rebellion, rather than welcome respite, from the drudgeries of grad school.
Ultimately, I chose to take a semester away from graduate school and focus solely on running. Throughout the summer and early fall, I worked harder than ever before. I ran 90 – 100 miles per week, attacking every hill, road, and trail in central Indiana. In addition, I worked with a nutritionist, massage therapist, sports psychologist, and yogi.
On October 4th, 2015, I qualified for the Olympic Trials at the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon in a time of 2:38:39. A week later, I joined Oiselle's Haute Volée, and feel unbelievably lucky to be a part of such an inspiring team.
After a complete upheaval of my life, I am incredibly happy to be running full time while coaching and freelance writing on the side.