I began running just over 10 years ago, and my life has never been the same since I toed the line at my first marathon in October of 2008. I truly found my passion in the sport, and I found gratitude, strength, and amazement in the challenges I have overcome and the community that has been with me throughout this journey. Running has brought me so much joy and purpose, and I have the utmost appreciation for how it has enriched my life. As I've progressed into ultramarathons, my respect for the perseverance, commitment, and camaraderie that we all share as we take on the unknown and push ourselves past our perceived limits is beyond words. It is both inspiring and humbling, and it's ironic how moments of sheer exhaustion can actually make us feel the most alive.