I moved to Seattle from Atlanta with my boyfriend in August 2017. I started running my sophomore year of high school, thinking I would never run more than 400 meters but just kept increasing distance through college and finished my first marathon in March! I love going to breweries in Fremont and exploring cool hiking trails with my new puppy.
I am a UX Designer at Amazon by day, and an avid fitness enthusiast the rest of the time. I was a sprinter in high school running the 100m, 300m, and long jump and had always hated / been terrified of long distances, but i faced my fears and started long distance running 3 years ago with my first race being the Seattle Half Marathon, to help ease and cope with my anxiety and depression. It was 20 degrees at the start of the race and that , along with the milage, was enough to inspire me to keep running and eventually run Ragnar relays, Trail running half marathons, and my first full marathon this November. When I'm not running, I'm taking spin, yoga, and hip hop dance classes!
I'm a tenacious 38 year old organic vegan yogi runner, which is far more simple and enjoyable than it sounds written out. I'm not married and have no kids… I'll add "yet" here to be hopeful on both fronts. I have a dozen epic brothers and sisters (four brothers and eight sisters). I work in the corporate world mostly in project management, process design and system integration. I was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska and moved to Tacoma in spring of 2016.
I was a competitive soccer player in my youth so I've been running regularly since the 6th grade. But back then we dreaded when coach said "put your running shoes on". It wasn't until my twenties, when I started going longer, that I really began to love running. I tend to start feeling good on a run about 4 miles in, so I usually run five to seven miles at a time. I love half marathons because at this point I don't need to train specifically for them but they are long enough for me to feel I've worked hard. Hills are brutal so I have been adding more hill and stair running (with leg weights which is just mean) to my weekly training.
I enjoy trail running the most. The change of scenery and terrain are both beautiful and challenging. When I'm trail running miles don't matter, there's a sense of peace I find out there that speaks to my heart. I'd like to get out on trails more often and this gives me a safe venue to do so. I'm looking forward to leading some trail runs in 2018.
I currently live in Wenatchee, WA where I grew up. I have been an avid runner for the last 10 years and am also involved in other outdoor activities such as snowboarding, cycling, mountain biking, nordic skiing and hiking. I have worked in the outdoor industry for the past 10+ years, and I love what I do! I am mom to an amazing little girl that keeps me busy at all times. We spend a lot of our time running or cycling the Apple Loop Trail together (her in a stroller or bike trailer), or hiking the foothills surrounding the valley we live in. I am excited to be a part of this group and to get others involved in building a ladies running community in our valley.
A lifelong Seattlite, she was hooked into running by the Hot Chocolate 5k back in 2012, and has since done many 5 and 10k’s and two half marathons; including the Top pot donut dash, See Jane Run and Beat the Blerch (seeing a motivation pattern here?) She loves the sense of community that running, and this group bring and is excited to reach even more people. She lives in Queen Anne with her husband, dog, and two cats and when not running can be found cuddling them, playing board games, baking, lifting weights at the gym, volunteering and spending time with family.
I consider running to be one of the most important parts of my life. Running has taught me to see the journey of life for what it is: constant ebbs and flows, peaks and valleys. Sometimes running is difficult, painful, and brings sadness. Other times, it is joyful, brings mental clarity, and helps me be more mindful and present. I am passionate about helping others find their love of running and excited to be PNWLRG ambassador!
When I am not running, you can find me: managing a sports medicine clinic in Bellevue, working on my side business (I design fun logo shirts), or spending time with friends and pup, Wynnie.
“Running and meditation are very personal activities. Therefore they are lonely. This loneliness is one of their best qualities because it strengthens our incentive to motivate ourselves.” ― Sakyong Mipham, Running with the Mind of Meditation: Lessons for Training Body and Mind
My fitness journey started almost 8 years ago when I joined a dragon boat team. At the time I was out of shape, and had a hard time even paddling for just a few minutes at a time. I’ve come a long way since then. I now race on a competitive level with my club, work out about 6 days a week and this year I decided to do some Obstacle Course Races. In the process of training for them, I fell in love with running, and now run a few times a week. I love that running can be as individual, or as social, as you want to make it. My day job consists of developing training in various media. When I’m not working or working out you can find me doing something creative, or contemplating how to make the world a more playful place for everyone.
I’m 26 and an active duty sailor in the united states Navy. I’m originally from Chesterfield, Virginia but currently stationed in Everett, Washington. I have been a sprinter all my life until when I decided to join the navy and got into running long distance. One of my running goals is to eventually run a Disney half marathon race. I’m excited to be chosen as a 2018 PNWLRG Ambassador.
I've been a runner for longer than I can really remember! It was just in the past few years that I've become more competitive, and last December I finally placed first female overall at the Las Vegas Jingle Bell Dash! Of course the victory was followed by an injury a month later #thestruggle It's been a long and sometimes painful journey to recovery, but I'm SO PUMPED that I'm able to hit the pavement again! The body is a fascinating thing, and I've become much more educated in terms of injury prevention, rehabilitation and overall physical well being. Besides running I really enjoy yoga (teaching and practicing!), obstacle course racing, various forms of body weight fitness, and most importantly large glasses of wine [🍷]
I live up north in the Arlington area and just started my thirties! I’m all about adventure, variety and accomplishments. I love trying new things, knowing a little about a lot but most of all, the networking and people that I get to do these things with. I’m a dental hygienist in my day life and vice president of the Washington State Dental Hygienist Association. I’m happily and newly engaged to my fiancé; Scott - and we have a beautiful four-legged child, a boxer, named Audrey. We love traveling, hiking, kayaking and anything new! I mostly do hot yoga, road cycling and running and love focusing on health. As side hobbies I love painting, finding the perfect beer or glass of wine, and am a cake decorator.
My goal is to encourage other non-runners to become runners - and to encourage current runners to get out on a day they may feel discouraged. I think others get anxiety about running in groups, because they can’t keep up or chat while running – but it’s not about that. I was there too. It’s about the support, and to know that even if you’re last, you have fans at the finish line that will get up and do it again with you tomorrow. I hope to see you all in our great outdoors!
I’ve never been much for running or working out. A few years ago I completed my first “fun run” (the Electric Run), and I was instantly hooked. The fact that people found a way to make running enjoyable changed my mind about fitness. Since then I completed the Las Vegas Rock ’n Roll half marathon in 2016 and completed my first Spartan trifecta in 2017 (along with so many 5k’s, 10k’s, etc). I don’t know how I came across this group, but I love the motivation and support that I’m surrounded with, and I am thrilled to help motivate and support other ladies while bettering myself in 2018!
Beyond fitness, I love paddleboarding, traveling, ropes courses, painting shoes and other random objects, watching the Seahawks, brunch, hiking, and spending time with friends and family. I’m also a WABL Passport holder in case anyone wants to check out some local breweries!
For my adult responsibilities, I do PR, Marketing, and Banquets at Emory’s on Silver Lake. If you stop by for some awesome food and drinks, be sure to say hi!
In 2012, I ran my first 5k to prove I could do it, and I’ve been chasing the running bug ever since. By no means am I the swiftest or best prepared runner, but there are few things I love doing more. Originally from Virginia, I’ve been Seattle for about two years and it’s quickly become one of my favorite places. I manage the social media accounts for a small global health non-profit, and when I’m not working you’ll most likely find me in a bookstore. I have a fish named Ichabod who keeps me company.
I’ve lived in Washington state my whole life. Professionally, I am an accountant and CPA candidate. Personally, I am a mom and “grand”ma. I spend most of my time with my granddaughter. To stay active I like to walk, hike and participate in OCR’s. I’m looking forward to getting more active in 2018.
I live in Gold Bar with my husband of 25 years, Jim, and our 24 year old daughter, Sarah. I’ve been running for about 10 years. My favorite distance is 1/2 marathon, but I have done 2 full marathons (my 3rd will be on November 25th). I also love relays. There is really something special about sharing the running experience with a group of friends! I work in Snohomish County as an IBCLC for the Pregnancy Aid WIC program. I’ve been helping moms with breastfeeding for about 23 years. I love to cook and have been vegetarian/vegan since I was 19.
Meet Anne Marie!
I’m an RN by profession, and I currently work at Swedish in the inpatient psychiatry unit. I have a strong interest in whole-person wellness, including mental, physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual health. On a personal level, I’m a huge Harry Potter geek, love most things nerdy, like to do yoga (especially with body-positive yoga instructors) hike, read, knit and travel. I’ve been married to Phil for 17 years, and we have a 15-year-old, Katie, who will happily tell you she’s just as much (if not more) of a nerd as her mommy. I live in Mukilteo, but am from California, so I like to run outdoors and soak up any little bit of sunshine I can get.
My fitness journey began the year I turned 40 when my doctor told me I was borderline obese. It was that mid-life crisis/kick in the pants that I needed to make a change. That following January I started doing 45 minutes of cardio, 5 days a week without making a “New Year’s resolution” or goal which had always failed me in the past. In 8 months I lost 30 lbs and a renewed love for running again. Since then, I do a race or two a month and at least two half marathons a year. Now I get to add ambassador to this amazing group of women. I hope to inspire some of you if not all, as I continue on this journey.
I am 27 years old. I first fell in love with running in high school and unfortunately life got too busy and I stopped. I have been getting back into it and I am finally finding my stride again. I have a goofy pup named Mitzy who has the colors of a dairy cow, so we call her Moomoo. I work in the accounting department for a German Restaurant in the Portland Metro area. I love my job because I get to take my pup to work every day. When I'm not working or running I enjoy reading, hiking, or just binge watching my favorite series on Netflix"
Justeen has struggled with her weight her whole life. She got up to a size 20 and weighing 212 pounds. When she finally decided to make a change and start on a weight loss journey, she didn’t know exactly where to start. Growing up she was surrounded by family members that were long distance runners so she decided to start there. In August 2012, she set the goal of running a 5k by the following May for the Avenue of the Giants race through the Redwoods. She started training on a treadmill running 1 minute at a time. Before she knew it she was able to run the 5k, so she upped her goal to a 10k. That also came faster than she expected. So a half marathon goal was set. This was huge and daunting but also super exciting! May came and with the training 40 pounds were shed and a half marathon was completed. The overwhelming feeling of proudness was addicting. She went on to complete many more half marathons while continuing to set and achieve new goals.
I was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. I have a great passion for being outdoors being active and exploring. Running was never on my radar until I was 34 when I started running (Icould barely do that). With a LOT of encouragement I joined a Saturday morning run group, participated in a couple 5k’s and got REAL running shoes and that was the start of my love for running. Since, I have completed 8 marathons( #9 is Sunday 11/12 in Vegas) and numerous others shorter runs. I enjoy sharing my experiences with friends and family and seeing those making decisions to start or join in. I am new to the Bothell area and am hoping to meet people who also either enjoy running or wanting to lace up for the first time [🙂]
Issaquah Mom of 2 young adults and 1 golden retriever. Married to my college sweetheart for 32 years. Retired from a career in fundraising. I love to ski, hike, fish and golf. I work out and run to keep my 55 year old self feeling young and fit. I’ve been running for 6 years and while I’m not the fastest runner in the pack, I always enjoy the scenery as I’m out running in various locations throughout the Eastside.
I’m 47 years old (turning 48 in February), and I have a 21-year-old son. My full-time job is with Windermere Services Company, where I am a marketing project manager and also the marketing manager for our philanthropy, the Windermere Foundation.
I've only been running the past two years. I ran my first half marathon race in 2016, completed my first full marathon in June 2017, and am signed up to run my first relay race in 2018.
I’m proud to be selected as a PNW Ladies Running Group Ambassador for 2018, and I look forward to growing our group, attending more races, getting to know more runners in our community, and inspiring others to run and stay fit. [😊]
I have ran off and on for 15 years. My first 5 k was Poulsbo Viking Run I have been addicted ever since. I am a nurse. I work in wellness programs for a major cooperation in the South Sound. I have a 13 yo at home I have 2 other grown children living in their own. I am really honored to be an ambassador.