I used to hate running. I actually quit the track team in high school! Coming back to my senses at the ripe old age of 23, I began running again in 2007. Mostly to stay in shape after college. I started to really enjoy it and ran my first marathon in January of 2008 with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training. I finished in 4:36. From that point on I was hooked. I started to make goals for myself- qualify for Boston- done in 12/08, break 3 hours in the marathon- done in 12/09, qualify for the 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials- done in 1/11, qualify for the trials with the ‘A’ standard- done in 6/11, run with the country’s best marathoners at the Olympic Trials.. done! I have recently run a new marathon PR of 2:35:20 at the Twin Cities Marathon on 10/5/14. I am looking forward to representing Latvia as a dual citizen as I move forward with my running career.
I didn’t run in high school or college, so I have been working really hard to learn and grow in the sport at a later age. I am pretty stubborn and like pushing myself so I am looking forward to seeing what the future brings for me. My main goal is to represent Latvia in the 2016 Olympic Games. On May 29th, 2016 I will find out if that dream will become a reality. This has been quite a whirlwind adventure for me and I thank you for following along!
I belong to an all female running team the Sonoran Distance Project. I have been coached by John Reich since January of 2010. I am eternally thankful for the support of my sponsors Brooks Running, Generation UCAN, and Sole Sports!