Summer started running in Spring 2012. She hated it for quite awhile, but gradually learned that if she wasn’t running, she missed it. A friend talked her into her first race (an 8k trail race) that fall where she finished near the back of the pack. She continued running for fun and in Spring 2015, a year after having her 3rd child, she completed her first half marathon with friends from work, who insisted they could walk it because they had been getting so many steps on their Fitbits. She ran/walked and completed it in just under 3 hours. Although that felt like one of the hardest things she had ever done, Summer decided she would actually train and tackle the same hilly half marathon the following year. She did, and managed to cut 45 minutes off her previous time. After that, Summer was hooked, and has since completed over 20 half marathons, 2 full marathons and many shorter distance races. She is also working toward a goal of running a race in all 169 towns in the state of Connecticut. Half marathons are Summer’s favorite distance to run – they are just the right distance where she has to push herself, but short enough where training doesn’t consume her life.
Summer loves running with friends and family that are new to running or are trying a longer distance for the first time. She believes running should be a fun, relaxing experience and is a great stress release. When Summer isn’t running, she teaches elementary school, spends time with her family, and is a black belt in karate. Summer’s philosophy is to always try new things because you might find out you love them.