About

 

A relative newcomer to running, racing and the ultra-distance, my passion for the sport grows by the week.

I did not run in high school or college, and I only took up running with any regularity in 2012, at the age of 38.

For those who doubt their own abilities and capacity for endurance, I am living proof that is is possible to achieve goals beyond your wildest dreams in a relatively short period if the practice is done carefully and with dedication.

Starting in my twenties, running consisted a very on-again, off-again relationship with the treadmill (mostly off). I lived in London and worked a time-intensive job in the investment banking industry, never running outside due to traffic and pollution. These sporadic attempts at running continued in fits and starts throughout the years, running just a couple of miles here or there. In my late thirties, following issues with elevated blood pressure, my husband watched me banging cluelessly away in the only way I knew how — the treadmill — while he hit the local trails. Finally, with his encouragement, curiosity got the better of me and I ventured onto dirt for the first time. It was nothing short of an awakening and I’ve never looked back.

I have two young boys and hope I am setting the right example for them by being active and committed. The juggling act of wife, mother, and professional (I’m a part-time attorney) isn’t always easy, but then again, nothing worth doing ever is.

I encourage each of you to nourish your inner athlete. It’s in there, I promise. I hope that my blog inspires you to start or keep moving in whatever form that may take and can act as a discussion board for runners and the running-curious alike.

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Sponsors:  VFuel, Victory Sportdesign, NathanPicky Bars, Petzl

Citizenship:  Dual US and British

Occupation: Attorney (wine industry)

Education:  JD Berkeley Law, MPhil Cambridge University, BA summa cum laude, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

 

8 thoughts on “About

    • Awesome Greg! Look forward to checking out your blog and reading about your running journey. We’ll undoubtedly cross paths at local races somewhere down the line and I look forward to meeting you in person. I love meeting other local ultrarunners!

  1. Hi Caroline,

    This is the first time I’ve come across your blog, and it’s very inspiring! i am also a Boaltie and going to start work in a large law firm next year. I love running and want to keep pushing my limits. I’ve been an avid runner since middle school, ran cross country in high school, and have recently gotten into marathons and PA racing. I want to keep getting better even with the job – I was wondering if you had any tips for balancing the billable hour and running! I don’t want to give up on my favorite hobby because of law firm life 🙂

    • Awesome! Thanks for the comment. I’m not going to lie and say being a big law young associate, running and having any semblance of a social life would be easy. But it can be done!

      My story is that I came to law school at 29, got married in the middle and we started a family soon after law school. I love the law, but I’ve certainly taken a non-traditional path. After my first son was born, I sought out part time opportunities that would still be fulfilling. Since I focus on an uncommon area of law (wine business), I’ve been able to find work that allows for the kind of balance required to juggle everything. Running evolved as an outlet for me, and as with anything, you have to want it. By treating it as one of several essential priorities in my life, I always found the time. My advice to you is to be creative. If traditional big law is your path (I don’t know that it is, but let’s assume the most challenging scenario), try to run in the morning. If you can’t, take your running clothes to work with you. Don’t be afraid to run on a treadmill at a nearby gym if you need to. Consider run-commuting.

      Ultimately, make it a non-negotiable, essential part of your day. View it as your outlet, your one totally self-indulgent activity, rather than one more thing for the to-do list. You will find a way!

      • Thanks for the awesome advice! Running has always been non-negotiable for me, and I will continue to make it so 🙂

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