After graduating from Augustana College, in Sioux Falls, SD, in the spring of 2014 I knew I wanted to do one thing: run. However, I didn’t have a clue where I wanted to live or what group I wanted to join. I knew of Hudson Elite and had emailed asking about the program, but never really followed through due to nerves of leaving my comfort zone of Sioux Falls and my lack of money. I decided to put running on the back burner and accepted a job with the Sioux Falls School District as an Educational Sign Language Interpreter.
Fast-forward a year and I had the urge to run competitively again. I missed it. An old teammate and friend of mine, Paul Yak, had just joined Hudson Elite and was trying to get me to visit. I finally gave in and he put me in contact with Kara Lubieniecki. We emailed back and forth for about 9 months and I promised to make a visit in June as soon as school was let out. So I did. And I fell in love. The rest is history. I finished up my summer job in Sioux Falls, packed up my car and drove west.
I’ve only been here for a few weeks so far, but I love it. Boulder is a fun town to be in. I love being able to see the Flatirons every day and sometimes run in them. The team has been so welcoming to me that I find it hard to miss Sioux Falls. Of course I miss the people there, but training here is heaven. Having people to run with and train with once again is a dream come true. I am especially excited to train with Hudson Elite not only because Brad is an amazing coach, but also the women’s team has multiple steeplechasers. In college the steeplechase was my specialty and I’m excited to chase some pr’s in it again this year along with some of my teammates who are all talented steeplechasers. Hudson Elite is a talented group; we have a very knowledgeable coach and a very bright running future. I am lucky to be involved with this organization and I’m excited to start chasing my dreams with them.