Taking Root

Taking Root

  There’s this tree on Roosevelt Island. Or at least there was. Toppled onto its side, roots and limbs exposed, trunk decaying – uprooted. I ran by this tree nearly every day during my first month here. Sometimes I wouldn’t notice it, other times I would stop and stare. At one point I stopped and […]
Finding Home: Washington D.C. Edition

Finding Home: Washington D.C. Edition

It’s okay to be afraid leaving the only home I’ve ever known. It’s okay to be apprehensive in new situations and challenges. It’s okay to be lonely. I have given myself permission to feel sadness, to stop resisting the uncertainty and fear, and in this grief, I have made space. Space to grow and learn. Space to fill with new experiences, opportunities, and relationships. By acknowledging and accepting the grief, anxiety, and loss over who I was, I can finally embrace who I am becoming.
Where is my bro tank?

Where is my bro tank?

The gown engulfed me. It was nicer than our gowns in high school – more legitimate and regal. Just as I felt. I stood to address the small crowd – we were each told to say a few words of gratitude, perhaps share a memory or two. I felt put together and at ease standing […]

The Ethics of Reproductive Rights, featuring Beyonce

I just completed my training as a moderator in democratic deliberation in anticipation of a forum with Indiana University’s Political and Civic Engagement Program (PACE). The forum is part of an annual campus-wide deliberation on various – and often controversial – topics. This year the topic is abortion and reproductive rights. Insert bioethics everywhere. The topic of reproductive rights, particularly […]

More than “Enough”

Friends and acquaintances alike have reached out over various mediums (email, Facebook, warm mugs of tea, emojis…) to tell me how much they can relate to my experience expressed in my latest post, “Enough.” The post was mainly my way of sharing my thoughts on my personal journey through self-awareness and seeking to better understand my own […]
Enough

Enough

I have been feeling very overwhelmed and unsettled lately. Nothing in particular has uprooted me. Very little academic stress, no recent major life transitions – but something is digging at my roots. It feels as though I’m in the process of shedding a skin I no longer need, but certain pieces keep snagging on what’s […]
Part II: Lighting the Flame

Part II: Lighting the Flame

As promised, Part II of my journey as an athlete and woman begins with my first-ever run. This fateful run was on a hot summer afternoon at sixth grade cross-country practice. I hated it. Every afternoon I purposely ran on the roots, sticks and uneven ground hoping I would trip, fall, break an ankle and […]
I didn’t race a triathlon this year. And that’s okay.

I didn’t race a triathlon this year. And that’s okay.

I lost my goggles, and my racing flats are collecting dust. I haven’t updated my training log since July. I’ve started riding more miles on my road bike than my car. I only run on trails, without a watch, without mile splits, and without expectations. I’ve become my own coach, and my first order of business is to relax.
Finding faith

Finding faith

And with that we are halfway through my undergraduate career. I am stuck somewhere between exhilaration at the opportunities ahead and sheer terror at the prospect of being one year closer to reality. Over the course of the last year, I have emerged from my dimly lit freshman dorm room open to growth, discovery and […]
Running, Granola and a Fantastic Semester – Some Updates

Running, Granola and a Fantastic Semester – Some Updates

First things first – I am thrilled to share some exciting news: I am partnering with BeeFree Gluten Free, a Noblesville, Ind. based gluten-free bakery! A sponsorship centered around quality gluten-free food… this is a triathlete’s dream. I first came across BeeFree’s products at a farmer’s market a few years ago; BeeFree was a beacon of hope in the […]
GoSamGo and Memo2Munch join forces. And, oh, is it delicious.

GoSamGo and Memo2Munch join forces. And, oh, is it delicious.

A good friend of mine, and fellow foodie, has been blogging away with delicious and healthy recipes that please all appetites, and food restrictions! Most of her recipes are vegan and dairy-free; however, occasionally a gluten-free recipe pops up, and of course I have to try it. We decided to start experimenting together and create delicious […]
House of Cards Trainer workout

House of Cards Trainer workout

With half of the nation blanketed in feet of snow and coping with sub-zero temperatures, the trainer has become my worst enemy and unfortunate fitness saver. Despite this testy relationship, I have found a way to salvage my training and numbing mind: House of Cards. More specifically, a House of Cards drinking-game-turned-turbo-session. With the third season […]

Heart and Coeur-age – joining Team Coeur for 2015!

I am thrilled to announce that I have joined Team Coeur for 2015! Coeur is a women’s endurance apparel brand that has made navigating the intimidating world of spandex and race kits not just tolerable, but enjoyable. Coeur’s clothing line is where fashion meets function, and ends the “pink it and shrink it” conundrum for too […]
Gratitude, Opportunity, and Another Injury

Gratitude, Opportunity, and Another Injury

Nothing goes according to plan. Especially when you don’t get the time to form a plan. A couple of weeks ago, I noticed some tightness in my right hip. Nothing major, just a little stiffness after my weekly long run. Five days later, I noticed the pain again during a run. This time, it persisted. […]
OSMO Nutrition – a well-fueled sponsorship

OSMO Nutrition – a well-fueled sponsorship

This is exciting. The first time I’d heard about Osmo Nutrition was at The Running and Fitness Event for Women held in Chicago last July. I was representing Triathlete Magazine as an intern and had the opportunity to meet Stacy Sims, the mastermind behind Osmo. Stacy spoke about the finite differences between men’s and women’s physiologies, […]
Twenty Years

Twenty Years

Last night a friend asked me where I want to see myself in 20 years. And I blanked. I haven’t even been alive for twenty years – and most of my time on this earth has been spent learning to walk, attempting to understand societal norms, and enduring six years of prepubescent, adolescent confusion. The […]
Worlds Recap – what a race.

Worlds Recap – what a race.

Unforgettable. Exhilarating. Bliss. Running down the signature blue-carpeted finish chute, American flag in hand, smile across my face, hands high in triumph – that is the lasting image from my experience at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final. It was unforgettable. It was exhilarating. It was my bliss. The race was fast, fun and left […]
ITU World Triathlon Grand Final – IT’S ALMOST RACE DAY.

ITU World Triathlon Grand Final – IT’S ALMOST RACE DAY.

The excitement is brewing. I can’t seem to wipe this smile off my face. My heart has never felt so full. I’m sitting in my hotel room in Edmonton, Canada, patiently waiting for my turn to toe the starting line with some of the world’s best age-group triathletes. I have been waiting for this race for […]
College: Round 2

College: Round 2

It’s good to be back. After a year of constant transitions – including completing my freshman year of college, driving across the country for my dream internship, moving to a place where I knew all of two people (via Facebook – I never actually talked to them before arriving), driving back to Indiana only to completely […]
Creamy almond pasta with basil pesto meatballs

Creamy almond pasta with basil pesto meatballs

Creamy like fettuccine alfredo, but also healthy, gluten-free and addictive. Need I say more? Serves 4 Sauce: 1/2 large yellow onion 1/2 Cup white wine 2 large garlic cloves 2 Tablespoons cornstarch 1/2 Cup grated parmesan cheese 2 Cups unsweetened almond milk olive oil Salt and pepper, to taste 1/2 teaspoon sugar Pasta: 2 packages RP’s GF […]