Greetings from the mountains of Flagstaff, AZ and welcome to my new site! I will be using this blog to chronicle my life and training up in Arizona’s high country, while hopefully sharing some insightful and poignant vignettes about being a 25-year-old vegan marathoner, living it up in every sense.
It was over a year ago when I filled up a backpack with training gear, clothes and a few other necessities and left Rochester, NY for Flagstaff. I came here to train for a marathon– confident but not without uncertainy– and experienced a total metamorphaisis as a result. I lived with very little and dreamed big; I trained hungry and surrounded myself with the positivity of other like-minded individuals. I had the privilege of connecting with a coaching luminary, whose expertise and mentorship helped me mature both as an athlete and as a person. It was through hard work, tenacity and a little bit of luck that I have been able to establish myself as a Flagstaff resident and a top US marathoner. It has been quite a journey so far, but I have only started down the road…
I’m going to see where this road takes me. That’s what I think to myself when I am out running somewhere unfamiliar, and that has become my personal mantra. And so I am excited to start recording this next chapter of my life in Flagstaff, preparing for the US Marathon Championships this Fall and sharing my experiences and meanderings along the way.
In closing, I would like to thank those who have so faithfully supported my quixotic life and running aspirations over the years: my family, friends, coaches and sponsors. This blog is dedicated to you, and I hope you will find my running updates and random musings worth following. I will leave the comments section turned on and encourage you to leave me feedback. Also, please explore my other pages to see my recent racing results, competition schedule, multimedia collection and sponsors. If there are any ways I can improve this site, or if you have any other suggestions or comments, please send me an e-mail at email@example.com.
Thanks for reading; I’ll see you on the road! –JDE