Get To Know Me!

I am currently a college student studying nutrition science and working on a bachelors degree to become a registered dietitian. I love cooking and finding new healthy recipes. I decided to go vegan in May 2013 after reading Scott Jureks book Eat and Run, and coming across many blogs online created by vegan athletes and distance runners that swore by the effectiveness of a healthy vegan diet (Such as a shorter recovery time, more energy, and increased endurance). So, naturally, being the dedicated runner that I am, I figured it was worth a shot... and I have to say that I don't regret it one bit. There are certainly challenges and struggles you face as a vegan, but in my opinion the benefits are worth the extra effort.

As far as running goes I have completed a 5K, 10K,11k, half marathon, and marathon. I'm almost always training for something, although right now I'm pretty hooked on the marathon distance. I have a dream to someday qualify for and run in the Boston marathon... although right now I'm mainly just trying to break 4 hours. I may not be fast, but man am I consistent! I love distance running, especially in the morning. It's a great way for me to clear my head and enjoy nature. My runs vary between speed work, tempo runs, long runs, and cross training. Long runs are by far my favorite, and most people think I am insane when I say I enjoy running 20 miles, but I honestly do. Running is so natural and freeing, and it teaches us so much about ourselves and life. I always come back from a run in a better mood than when I left. I guess that's why I love it so much.

Aside from being vegan and running, I love animals ( I have a corgi named Oliver), spending time with close friends and family, and reading good books. I believe in God, and am so grateful for all of the blessing he has given me in this life.
This is my family and I at the warrior dash last year in Oklahoma )


  1. Welcome to the blogging scene HVR! I look forward to following you in your journey. Way to kill that 12 miler!

  2. Thanks! Congrats on your marathon! I loved hearing your story, and your finishing time was awesome.

  3. stupid question: what state do you work in?