Welcome to PhD Strides! I am the 25 year old PhD Student behind the running, triathloning, training and other nonsense that ends up on the blog.
I moved to the Bay Area in 2010 to start a PhD program in Economics. With a love for racing already brewing in my blood, the move to the land of plentiful races just made my love for it
worse stronger. I mean who wouldn’t want to run, cycle or race all day and night with views like this?
Anyway, I was born & raised a Midwestern girl, which is where I spent the first 24 years of my life. And, though I might be a California girl now, my roots and a large part of my heart will always belong to the Midwest, usually on the ski hill or on the water.
The random facts:
- I play the oboe. I am the ‘poster child’ of a band geek. I embrace it
- I tore my ACL playing soccer in 2002 when I was 15. I’ve since had two knee surgeries to repair it (last one 2005).
- I am a lifetime Girl Scout. And proud of of it. But no, I don’t sell Girl Scout cookies. Sorry to disappoint.
- I started downhill & water skiing when I was 3. I had my first downhill ski accident when I was 4. I raced cross-country skiing in high school. And no, I haven’t lost my minds, just my sense of touch.
- I speak fluent Spanish, after 4 glasses of wine.
- I live a dairy free, mostly gluten free life. Its mostly gluten free, because I’m a grad student, and a staple of the diet is beer. Its at least 1 meal/day.
- I live to travel and I travel to live. I seriously spend all disposable income on trips.
- I hated running until 2006. You couldn’t have paid me to do it. Now you can’t pay me to stop.
- I ran my first race in the fall of 2007 when I did my first race ever in Buenos Aires, Argentina for the Nike 10k. I’ve never looked back.
- I became a Marathoner in 2010 when I completed the Nike Women’s Marathon. I have since run the Half Moon Bay International Marathon and have scheduled my third for December 2012 at CIM
So enjoy my musings about training, racing, race recaps, earning a PhD, California and anything else that happens to come to mind. I don’t promise anything to be PC or PG, so read at your own risk, what I do promise is that everything I write on here is my own honest opinion, and if I love or rave about a product, I really do love it (and am probably obsessed).
And thanks for stopping by! (If you’re still reading, I’m impressed. Wanna be friends?)
E-mail me: phdstrides [at] gmail [dot] com - I’d love to hear from you!
***I am not licensed in anything, so please consult a doctor, licensed trainer or nutritionist before making any drastic changes to your diet or physical activity, cuz I don’t want to get sued.***