About Me

Hi there! My name is Stephanie and I am an early twenty something graduate student currently living in Davis, CA. I was born in Canada, Prince Edward Island (or PEI) to be exact, but was transplanted to the US when I was 5. I was raised in the small, coastal town of East Lyme, Connecticut, where I lived my entire life (well from age 5 on). I then moved Miami (Florida, not Ohio) for undergrad...go Canes!

Participating in sports and being an athlete has been a part of my life since before I was born. My mom used to take water aerobics classes while she was pregnant with me and we joke that I was swimming before I was even born. I took swimming and gymnastics lessons at my local YMCA, took diving lessons and played softball for my town. But swimming was always my true calling.

Who wouldn't want to join a sport that included coloring as a team bonding activity!
At the age of 8, I joined a swim team and fell in love. I pretty much gave up all other sports to focus on swimming as I got older. I swam all year round on a couple of different club teams. I spent my childhood weeknights at swim practice and weekends at swim meets. I met some amazing people, teammates, best friends and inspiring coaches.

              
           We were pretty awesome!
And dressed the part!

Then on April 28th, 2003 (yes, I still remember the exact date) everything changed. My mom and I were in a car accident and I tore a ligament in my shoulder. Due to a series of unfortunate events, I was not able to get the surgery my injury required right away and was forced to settle with rest and physical therapy. Now the sport I loved became a struggle.

I found my way into the care of an amazing orthopedic surgeon who performed a reconstruction on my shoulder a couple of years after the accident. After the surgery, I was not able to swim for 6 months, so I joined my high school's track team to try to stay in shape. No one told me, however, that swimmers bodies are not meant to participate in impact sports. I ended up with a stress fracture in my foot and was sidelined for almost the entire track season.

Eventually everything healed, very slowly, and I was back to swimming. Pushing through the pain and rebuilding my endurance was slow going. I switched club teams and was now being coached one of the best coaches I could have ever asked for. She pushed me to overcome my pain and build the strength and speed I thought was gone forever. My senior year of high school, I won state championships in the 200 Individual Medley. It was such an amazing and surreal moment.

My very own swimming wall of fame.
But then that spring, I became so burnt out from swimming that I literally walked out of the middle of a summer practice and never went back. I had no plans to swim in college, I really wanted to focus on school. And aside from one semester of club swimming in college, I never went back.

Junior year of college, I needed a sport again. Working out at the gym just wasn't cutting it anymore. Besides, I had really discovered my love for baking and I needed a way to really work off all of those delicious calories! That's when I started running again. This time, I took it more seriously than I ever had. I signed up for my first half marathon and by the time I had graduated I had two half marathons under my belt.
Me at the end of the last
 half marathon I did.

When I got to grad school, my passion for running took off. Between the ideal weather conditions, flat terrain and runner friendly community, it just became such an easy outlet for dealing with the stress and anxieties of being in grad school. Speaking of grad school, I am currently working towards my Ph.D. in human development (pretty much psychology). My research is focused on the attention deficits in children with Autism and ADHD. When I finish, someday in the distant future, I am looking at a career as a faculty member at a research university or maybe getting clinical experience to work with the kids more directly. Who knows what the future holds!

Over the last few months, I have been training for my very first marathon! I have run a few more half marathons and 10ks since moving to Davis and I can honestly say I have been seriously bitten by the "all things running bug." I have been trying to learn as much as I can about running, healthy eating and living as a runner. It seemed only natural that the next step would be to create a blog to connect with all of the other runners out there who share my same passions.

My goals for this blog:

  • Discuss my adventures navigating the world of distance running, attempting to qualify for Boston 2015.
  • Share my recipes and baking creations.
  • Share healthy living ideas, both physical and mental health.
  • Connect with other runners and amazing people passionate about healthy living.
  • Meet other people who are passionate about living, in general!



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