Hi! My name is Steff and thanks for visiting my blog!. I am originally from a small town in Eastern Pennsylvania but I currently live in Pittsburgh. I live here with my husband and our cat.
|Photo credit: David Hague Photography|
I have always been a runner. I ran cross country and track through high school and planned on running in college. I really enjoyed running cross country, but track was where my heart was. I would run every event, and by every event I really mean it. I would be running the 4x800 relay at the same time as high jumping. I would not know if I was running the 3200 meter or the 4x400 relay until right before the race. My first ever track meet, I ran the 300 meter hurdles, without ever practicing! It was a lot of fun.
|That's me on the left in my senior season of cross country, 2004|
The only problem, I ended up injuring my IT Band quite badly. Through PT and stretching, I managed to finish my high school career, but dreams of college running were out of the question.
While at Cal U, I joined the campus television station, CUTV (California University Television). I never though I would be able to forget about running, but the relationships and life experience I gain with my fellow crew members is something I would not trade for the world. I was lucky enough to be the play-by-play announcer for our nationally ranked women's basketball team for three years, which also included two trips to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight tournament.
|Me announcing with CUTV.|
|The 2007 NCAA Division II Women's Basketball Elite Eight, Kearney, Nebraska.|
I graduated from Cal U in 2009 with my Bachelors degree in Communications and a minor in History. I went on to complete my Masters degree in Sport Management from Slippery Rock University in 2010, on my 23rd birthday.
|Me getting my undergraduate diploma!|
While in school at Cal U, I met my husband. We started dating in 2006. We were engaged in 2008 and got married on June 19, 2010 - five days before my last day of grad school and 23rd birthday.
|Me and Joe on our wedding day 2010.|
After I finished graduate school, I had no idea what I really wanted to do. I had ideas but none of them really stuck. I was pretty lost and had no direction. It was a really rough time for me.
In 2012, a college friend of mine challenged me to run the Pittsburgh 5K with her, as a part of the Pittsburgh Marathon weekend. Run a 5K? Sure, I can do that! It was like riding a bike. My body knew exactly what to do, and I made sure to take it easy to test out the IT Band.
I finished the Pittsburgh 5K in 25:09, and placed second in my age group! I was so excited and instantly hooked again! The night after I finished that race, I turned to my husband and said I was going to do something crazy, and he knew exactly what I was doing. I signed up for my first half marathon, the Philadelphia Half Marathon.
Running a half marathon had been on my bucket list since I started running in high school. I could not believe I was actually going to do it! Not only did I do it, but it was a sub 2-hour half!
|Me after my first half marathon!|
I never had goals of running a full marathon. There was something about it that did not seem fun, even after I finished the half. Despite all of my reservations, I signed up for my first marathon, the Pittsburgh Marathon. I finished my first marathon exactly one year to the day that I completed my first "adult" 5K. It was a crazy year for sure!
|My first marathon!!|
I also decided to take on the Runners World Hat Trick in 2013, along with the Goofy Challenge in 2014.
|Runners World Hat Trick Finisher|