Last Wednesday, Dec 6 I found out that I was chosen to be an Ambassador to the Youngstown Marathon. I couldn’t contain my excitement; I was ecstatic….I cried tears of joy. To think that I….the little girl who grew up loving all sports is still getting to do what she loves at 38 years old! Let me go back a step – I grew up playing summer softball since I was in Kindergarten, starting with tee-ball, parents pitch…and so on. In Middle School I ran track in 7th and 8th grade. There were no fall sports for girls in the 1990’s (we didn’t have soccer or volleyball). I remember conditioning in the winter months for middle school track and all we did was laps in the hallways at the old Austintown Middle School. Me and another girl, Jenn, were the only ones that could run the entire practice without stopping and we always “lapped” the other girls in the hallways. Next thing I knew it was time for the first meet and I found myself running the 1 mile and 100 m dash. I remember being kind of upset that I had to run the mile, it was SO far back then! HA Once I got to Austintown Fitch High School I played volleyball, basketball, and softball leaving my running days behind….except for when the coaches “punished” us during conditioning or because of a bad game the night before. At Fitch I broke a few basketball records (leading rebounder girls & boys in a career, number of rebounds in a game, and number of rebounds in a season. But my true love was volleyball because it did NOT come easy for me….I had to work at it, but I lovedthe strategy behind volleyball plays….I even loved defense! That led me to Thiel College where I started all four years for the Lady Tomcats and broke 8 school records as a middle hitter! I majored in Mathematics, along with Secondary Education. After graduating from Thiel College; I coached for numerous years at Ravenna High School, where I currently teach (year 17). I have coached Varsity Volleyball and Softball, Winter cheerleading, and middle school girl’s basketball. After retiring from coaching, I realized that I had 2-3 extra hours per evening which led me to my running career starting in 2012…..I haven’t stopped since…which leads me to today and this blog.
Hope you liked my introduction ~ stay tuned, much more to come.