Michelle has been running since the age of 12. Over 3 decades later, she continues to run. Originally starting as a sprinter, she found her niche. In a surprise turn of events, when she was in her late teens, she was invited by a friend (who ran cross-country) to join their team training one afternoon. She tried it! She didn’t immediately fall in love – in fact, she thought anyone that ran beyond a 5k must be nuts. Now, many years later, she is part of that crazy world. Her first ½ marathon was at the age of 24, and her first FULL at 40, but with countless smaller races and miles in between. Slowly, she learned to overcome the strenuousness of the full marathon distance, embracing the length of the race on a monthly basis. She enjoys competing in back to back races and attributes her quick rate of recovery to a dedicated cross-training program (in the area of cycling, body-weighted exercises, and strength training). A mother and grandmother, Michelle is has faced many physical and spiritual challenges in life, the greatest of which was her diagnosis with Graves’ disease in 2001. As an avid promoter of homeopathic methods to combat many of the diseases related to the immune system, Michelle has been med-free for 15 years, all of it resulting from a disciplined eating plan and regimented exercise. She attributes her spiritual victories to her Christian faith, and uses her running (and abilities) to encourage, inspire and show compassion to those that are facing equally emotional and spiritually challenging defeats in their own life. First Aid/CPR and personal training certified, she also enjoys coaching people of all levels. After several attempts at qualifying for Boston, she achieved this feat in November of 2014 and will be heading towards her 1st Boston race in 2016. She enjoys running on all different terrains, but is a committed member of NBB (New Basin Blues), her trail team, that took 3rd place in all of SoCal this past x-c season.
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