My youth was spent playing basketball, volleyball and running track. I learned what it meant to compete at a very young age and for that I’m very thankful. In High School, I developed a passion for running by winning. As bizarre as it sounds I focused very little on race times, as long as I won the race. Winning made running fun.
I went on to compete at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Cross Country and Track. I mostly raced the shorter distance events like the half-mile and came close to breaking the school record in both indoor and outdoor track. Whittling down my race times was how I measured my success. It also became a driving force in my decision to continuing competing. I knew I could be faster and I just needed more time to improve.