Hi, I’m Erica and I’m a runner. It’s taken me most of my life to truly believe that. I have always been athletic and involved with sports, but a runner I was not. This is perhaps how I ended up playing field hockey goalie through high school and college (D3 – Eastern Mennonite University). I ran very slowly during those years to train for hockey season and dreaded when our coach told us to line up on the end line for some sprints.
Post college, I started doing triathlons because I missed the competition. After my twins were born, I signed up for a half ironman as a way to get back in shape. Before I knew it, I had signed up for the Shamrock Half Marathon in Virginia Beach, thinking it would be good to know I could actually run that distance prior to the 70.3. The half went well and I started wondering how to do better next time. What? Next time? Running was one of those things that crept up on me and I found myself signing up for more half marathons and fewer triathlons. Plus, with young kids, it was much easier to step out my front door and go for a run any time of the day than it was to get to the pool or go for a bike ride. Throughout the years, I’ve done my fair share of Spartan Races, trail runs, triathlons, and half marathons. I pride myself in being “race ready” and am always up for a planned or spontaneous race-cation.
Even though I had been doing well in races, I only started believing that I was a runner (instead of just someone who ran) when I was accepted into the 2015 New York City Marathon. This is when I joined Happy Running to add speedwork to my workouts – something that made a big difference in my running performance. In addition, this group connected me with some pretty awesome new friends. I’ve run 3 marathons now and while the distance is still my nemesis, I’ll keep at it!