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Queenstown, New Zealand Marathon (my 19th Marathon)!

What inspired you to run for the NPF? 

Working for the NPF, I hear stories from our patients about what they are going through. As someone who is active – I can’t imagine having to quit your job, retiring early, be in constant pain, not be able to eat what you want – all because your organ decided it didn’t want to function the way it should. Pancreas disease is truly isolating and deadly. I feel very fortunate to work for an organization that provides immediate help to patients and caregivers who don’t know where to start.  Also, being part of Team Pancreas 2018 and 2019 was such a blast, I can’t wait to do it again!

What’s your favorite take-out/pre-race meal? I’ve always done pasta or something mixed with carbs and protein. I would say a shrimp scampi at a local Italian restaurant or chicken fried rice. I stay away from spicey the night before (learned my lesson).

What moment in your life are you most proud of? I can think of two: moving to the U.K for grad school when I didn’t know a soul (scary, but the best decision of my life!) and quitting a soul-sucking job with no plan B and exploring Europe for a month by buying a one-way ticket to Copenhagen. Spoiler alert: When I got back, I landed a job that I really like (The NPF)! The Universe takes care of you.

What’s your favorite cross-training activity? I really enjoy spinning. The music pumpin, the choreography, the fast-paced workouts…it’s a fun way to get my heart racing for 45 minutes.

Would you rather run in the heat vs run in the rain? The rain. Running the 2019 Marine Corps Marathon, we got both! 😂

What do you do for a living? What was your dream job as a kid? I am the National Program Director for the NPF, but when I was a kid, I really wanted to be a librarian (because I loved reading) or a PE Teacher (because I loved recess).

Running mantra or life mantra? You are stronger than you think you are!