Chelsea began running in the winter of her freshman year of High School when her father, Mike, insisted that she “get off her grumpy butt” and join him outside for a run. After quite a bit of protesting and complaining, she reluctantly agreed to join him. She only got a mile. Pace-8:45. Chelsea didn’t fall in love with running all at once after that first outing, but rather over time. She hated being beat at anything, and running was no different.
She joined her high school track team that year and was near the back of the JV pack; Chelsea’s Freshman PR’s = 800- 2:55, 1600- 6:15.
With the support of her father & high school coach, Chelsea made Varsity XC & Track and was selected to be the XC Team Captain (consisting of over 80 girls). Unfortunately, after qualifying for her second state meet & signing a scholarship to run at Xavier University, Chelsea suffered an injury to her left knee that required surgery & caused her to miss her final year of track. High School PR’s: = XC- 19:36, 1600:5:25, 3200- 11:33
Chelsea was forced to red shirt her freshman year at Xaiver because of complications from her knee surgery & a stress fracture in her foot, but was happy to begin running again by her sophomore year. Sadly, during her Junior year of Track, a large portion of cartilage peeled off of her patella. She struggled to remain positive when her orthopedic surgeon sat her down saying that she “would be lucky to even just walk again without a limp.”
During the 1.5 year recovery from 2 major surgeries on her right knee, Chelsea felt crippled both emotionally and physically. She slowly got into running shape again and credits the presence of several loving & supportive individuals for her comeback.
Today, Chelsea no longer runs competitively, but rather for the pure joy of it. She thanks God everyday for the gift he gave back to her & the people in her life that helped her throughout her recovery. She loves to frequently meet with local running groups around Cincinnati and hopes to qualify for Boston sometime later this year.