About Me

Hi!  Welcome to That DAMM Runner.  Let's get one thing out of the way first...the title is a play on my last name, that is actually pronounced DOM (rhymes with MOM).  However, as you can imagine, most (read: everyone) assumes it's pronounced DAAAMMMNNNNNN.  As a kid, this traumatized me.  Now, I own it.  Loud and proud.  So there you have it :)

The above picture is from my birthday this year, and it's a joke.  I'm not really that vain...in public.

Moving on, I am 24 years old, living outside of Philadelphia in the town I grew up in, after having gone to college at University of Colorado, Boulder.  I miss Colorado everyday, and I can't wait to be back out west someday!  I live in my parents' house, but they're in the process of moving to London (I'll explain elsewhere), so...party at my house???  My life these days is pretty basic: I have my job, my family, my dogs, my boyfriend, and my best friends.  Oh and I like to run.

When I was a kid my mom ran marathons.  I remember she ran the Marine Corps Marathon on my 5th birthday and it was raining and I was so peeved that I had to stand outside all day on MY day.   So back then I thought running was dumb :)  But the fact that my mom ran and accomplished so much always put it in the back of my mind as something I wanted to get better at.  I guess I started running in high school - I don't remember when.  My high school didn't even have a cross country or track team, but if it did I bet I would have been on it.  I've always been athletic and played a number of sports, but running has become my one true love.  When I was a senior in high school I did my first 5k with my dad and I was hooked.  My dad and I have since run a TON - it's our thing, although now he lives in London so...shoot.  Anyway, I also did a project senior year to help coach a number of my classmates run a 10-mile race, while raising money for a local nonprofit dedicated to healthy living.  I actually ended up injured and couldn't run the race, but the other girls did and they were awesome.  Senior year, like I said, was the first time I can remember loving all things running.

In Colorado I continued to run.  By the end of college I dabbled in trail running, because the mountains in my backyard were calling my name.  And literally, the trail up one of the mountains in Boulder was in my BACKYARD.  Those runs are what I miss most about living in Boulder (oh, and skiing).  So now that I'm back in Philadelphia, I'm always seeking out new places with fun trails or scenery.  I mean come on:

My huge goal was always to run a marathon.  While I know I had years and years to perfect my running and to complete a marathon, I decided to just go for it in senior year of college.  On November 20, 2011 I ran the Philadelphia Marathon in 4 hours and 35 minutes.

It was HORRIBLE! Ha, that's an exaggeration.  I was so happy I did it - it was an unbelievable feeling.  I'm not 100% proud of my time, and looking back, I had NO IDEA what I was doing.  Now, when I run another, I'm guaranteed to PR which is pretty exciting.  But you know, running another one isn't on my list for a little while.  I think I'll stick to 13.1 or less for now...Honestly though, I'm so happy I've run a marathon before - it's pretty cool.  

This last year I focused on running some shorter races and getting faster and more knowledgeable about running.  I ran at least one race per month in 2013, 14 total.  I tried out some new distances, because before I had only run 5ks and the marathon.  I did a 10k, 10 miler, 5 miler, 15k, and a half marathon last year, and obviously a number of 5ks.  I also got faster and faster, and was able to set a 5k PR of 23:42.  I'm not the fastest person out there, but I'm pretty okay I think!

This year I have some goals, which I will be sure to talk more about.  I am just obsessed with running, and I can't wait to keep going.  A few months ago I got into reading running blogs and I've been pretty nervous to start my own, but I can't deny the fact that I want to anymore!! I hope you find this blog entertaining and helpful.  I will now leave you with some pictures, for fun :)

My boyfriend, Drew, who I'm sure you will be hearing lots about.

Two of my best ladies.

My parents and me after the Broad Street Run.  We clearly support the CU Buffs!

My best friend, Sierra, did a number of races with me this year.  This is the 5k where we both PR'd.

One of my dogs, Bishop, after a run.  What a trooper!