February 1, 2024
What inspired you to start distance running?
I have always loved running. In high school, I was a goalkeeper on the soccer team and ran track and field. After being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes during my sophomore year, it was challenging to find a glucose management strategy for distance running, so I ran shorter distances and continued soccer.
Fast forward to college, where I played NCAA D1 soccer (the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is the highest level of intercollegiate sport in the US, Ed.) at Marquette University. While there, I met a cross-country runner (XC) with type 1 diabetes who shared the technology and ‘tips and tricks’ he used as a high-level athlete and distance runner.
I immediately ended my soccer career and joined Marquette’s “Run with President” club. I was even more motivated by a faculty member with type 1 diabetes who had done an Ironman before and after being diagnosed.
The club was training for a half and a full marathon, which I thought was CRAZY! Nonetheless, I was having a blast and fell in love — running got me through the ups and downs of graduate school.