Now to get down to the Nitty Gritty. I grew up in a Los Angeles, California; then went to UC Berkeley for undergrad, and now I am back in LA taking classes to fullfill prerequisites for a joint graduate MSRD/MPH program. I have a brother who is 5 years younger than me.....and is one of my best friends. I have a little brother who thinks I'm awesome, he tells me that everyday....not.
And my love of running was inspired by my father, an avid and lifelong runner.
|Us going for our Christmas Morning 10 mile run!|
Although I do consider myself a runner I am not what many people would consider a "serious" runner: I run when I feel like it, and I normally dont run "fast" by most people's standards, I just recently started being un-lazy enough to be able to go on fast long runs which to me means keeping my miles at around 8:30 or 9:00 pace; there is no way I would run consecutive miles under 8 minutes......unless someone is running with a big bowl of mangos in front of me. Oh yes that's one very important thing about me, I have an absolutely irrational love for mangos and strawberries, I mean all fruit is great, but mangos take the cake. Among other things I also love biking and going on long walks (on sandy beaches with handsome men......in my dreams). Anyways, back to running. I have run more half marathons and 5ks than I can count, but I have yet to run a full marathon.....you know, because running for 2 hours straight is far more reasonable than running for 4 hours....
I love educating myself about new things going on in the world of competitive running, but I am myself in no way, shape, or form, a competitive runner (except in my dreams, where I am not only a competitive runner but am also a celebrity chef and a oscar winning actress.....).
Lastly, and potentially the aspect of my life that might be the most controversial is my "veganness." Let me preface this by saying that I eat a 100% plant based diet, but I still wear some leather products, although I am trying to cut down and minimize my use of leather and animal products that's just not my main motivation for being vegan....what can I say? I wish I were a better person....but a girl's gotta have herself some prada (okay maybe not actual prada but some cute leather ballet flats are a must). I became vegetarian when I went to college because I had always wanted to do it but my mom wouldn't let me while I lived at home; I was always grossed out by meat and even liked soymilk better than regular milk....I know, I sound like such a cool kid. I also stopped really consuming dairy products except for the occasional fro-yo or whipped cream. I would however consume copious amounts of dairy and egg-laden desserts......nom. But then....something actually serious happened for once in my life (and by actually serious I mean people other than myself thought it was a big deal, because obviously to me everything involving me is a big deal ;) ) I developed a relatively serious GI condition in the middle of college and in the process of getting a diagnosis for this condition I also found out that I was lactose intolerant. I had learned so much about the harms of dairy in the diet, as well as the benefits of a plant-based diet in my upper division college coursework, and had also heard that other people with my condition benefitted from a vegan and low gluten diet, so I hopped on board. Not only did my GI condition become much more manageable, but I just felt more energized, less sluggish, and less guilty about what I was putting in my body. I think a part of me always wanted to be vegan, but this last push turned me around forever. Since initially become vegan, I have also learned so much about the environmental benefits of only consuming plant foods and about the ill-treatment of animals on factory farms that there is just no way I could ever go back. I also just feel so much better and more full of life eating this way, and my athletic performance has improved drastically since I switched to an entirely vegan diet, I even qualified for the olympic track team but had to turn it down because it interfered with hugely successful acting career. Oh yeah, so I guess I also do this thing where I'm sarcastic and half of what I say isn't actually true......you've been warned. I hope you enjoy reading about whatever it is I end up writing about on this thing.....I really shouldn't be allowed to have one of these....too much opportunity for self indulgence. Blame google.
Me at a vegan grocery store in Montreal!