Ironman Lake Placid, New York - July 2016
Ironman Austria Klagenfurt, Austria - June 2014
Half Ironmans, Olympics and Sprints
Ironman 70.3 Luxembourg - June 2016
Ironman 70.3 Raleigh - June 2016
Ironman 70.3 SuperFrog - September 2015
Washington Olympic Tri - July 2015
Ironman 70.3 Rapperswil-Jona, Switzerland –June 2014
Avola Sprint Tri, Avola, Sicily – May 2014
Trapani Man 70.3 Trapani, Sicily – April 2014
Catania Olympic Tri, Sicily – September 2013
Varano Lake 70.3, Puglia, Italy – September 2013
Ironman 70.3 St. Polten, Austria – May 2013
Trapani Man 70.3, Trapani, Sicily – April 2013
Catania Olympic Tri, Sicily – September 2012
Ironman 70.3 Pescara, Italy – June 2012
Emerald Isle Marathon - April 2017
Marine Corps Marathon - October 2015, 2016
Boston Marathon – April 2013, 2014, 2015
Malta Marathon, Malta – February 2013
Messina Marathon, Italy – March 2012
Outer Banks Marathon (Black Beard Challenge) – November 2011
VA Beach Shamrock Marathon – March 2011
Richmond Marathon – November 2010
Marine Corps Marathon – October 2010
VA Beach Shamrock Marathon – March 2010
Marine Corps Marathon – October 2009 (PR)
Potomoc River Run Marathon – May 2009
Boston Marathon – April 2009
Walt Disney World Marathon (Goofy Challenge) – January 2009
Air Force Marathon – September 2008
Myrtle Beach Marathon – February 2008
Marine Corps Marathon – October 2006, 2007
Go! St. Louis Marathon – April 2005
Seashore Nature Trail 50K – December 2010
Marine Corps Half Marathon, Camp Lejeune - September 2015, 2016
Emerald Isle Half Marathon – March 2015, 2016
Crystal Coast Half Marathon – March 2015
Ragusa Half Marathon (Italy) – January 2015
Base 2 Base Half Marathon (Sigonella) – March 2014
Williamsburg Half Marathon – February 2012
Rock n Roll VA Beach Half Marathon – September 2011
Walt Disney World Half Marathon (Goofy Challenge) – January 2009
Go! St. Louis Half Marathon – April 2006, 2007, 2008
I am a Registered Dietitian with a board certification in sports nutrition, Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD). I love what I do and in seeing all of the mis-information out there, I wanted to provide reliable information that is research based. This site is purely a hobby of mine because I love sharing my experiences especially the crazy races I sign up for and how I apply my background to my own training. I'll never be a pro athlete (sadly) but I do like to push my body physically to the limit to see what I can do!
Education and Work
I graduated from Saint Louis University (SLU) with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition & Dietetics with an emphasis in Culinary Arts. I completed a Dietetic Internship from Saint Louis University and all graduate coursework towards a Masters of Science in Nutrition, finishing up the thesis is the final step.
As an undergrad I was involved with Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) and after graduation was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Air Force Reserves. I spent four years as a reservist at Scott Air Force Base. During this time I worked for Anhueser-Busch part time as a personal trainer in the employee fitness center and within a year moved into a full time position as the Health and Wellness Specialist where I ran the wellness program for the corporate office.
I was born and raised in the Midwest and always dreamed of traveling. My brother, Jim, joined the Navy and had lived in Japan and Hawaii to name a few of his duty stations. During that time, the photos I'd see and adventures I'd hear about, I wanted to experience the same. So, in 2009 I decided it was time for to take on my own adventure. I switched branches of service to the Navy and started my journey around the world. Jim has always been the reason I took the leap to move away from "home" and everything I knew. It was the best decision of my life as I have the best of both worlds, I am doing what I love and seeing the world at the same time!
**Insert plug here: He's a fashion photographer in NYC with insanely exceptional talent! Check out his site: www.jamesweberstudio.com.
Running and Triathlon Experience
I'd like to start with I'm not an age grouper so not super fast but I love racing. I love the challenge of the training, the race itself, and the feeling crossing the finish line. I began running in 2004 and decided my first race would be a marathon, the Go! St. Louis Marathon in April 2005. I put in the mileage during training but made the mistake of not incorporating weight training. I learned the hard way how important weight training is in running as my hips and knees were in excruciating pain finishing the race in 4 hours 53 minutes. I knew one day I wanted to qualify for Boston but it seemed impossible after that race. I ran Marine Corps Marathon in 2006 cutting about an hour off my time. By 2007, I went back to MCM again and was determined to qualify for Boston. I was on track with my pace until the 19th mile. I was running up one of the on ramps to cross the bridge when I tripped and fell. For a split second I wanted to stop butthe thought of having DNF next to my name was motivation enough to keep going. The last 7 miles I struggled through the pain of falling and muscle cramps in my legs. I finished 2 minutes faster than my time the previous year so snagging a PR I was happy... but determined more than ever for a BQ. The following February I ran the Myrtle Beach marathon and did it, I made the cutoff for Boston running a 3:36 (this was before the time changed for qualifying). Since that race I have been fortunate enough to qualify for Boston several more times and having run it in 2013, 2014 and 2015. I was there the year of the bombing but was fortunate to finish and get out of the area just before it happened.
For several years I talked about getting into swimming and cycling but never did anything about it... until 2012 when I moved to Italy and found a great group who train hard and not only run marathons but also compete in triathlons. This is when I decided to sign up for the 70.3 in Pescara, Italy with only two months to train. I had not purchased a bike nor really knew how to swim. So I started swimming 2-3 times per week and after buying a bike I was cycling at least two times each week as well. Two weeks prior to the race I completed my first open --jellyfish infested-- water swim in my wetsuit. Not something I'd recommend two weeks out from your first triathlon. I had a slight meltdown and at this point I realized I had a fear of open water; something about not being able to see the bottom or knowing what else is swimming around me freaks me out. However race day came, my goal was to finish and that's exactly what I did! Not the best time in the world but I've continued to sign up for races becoming more and more comfortable.
After getting into cycling, I have found a way to give back. In the fall of 2012 I participated in a two-day 200 mile bike ride raising money for the EOD Warrior Foundation. The ride started in Santa Monica and we rode to San Diego. It was one of the most rewarding and inspiring experiences I've ever had. Two weeks before heading out to California for the ride, I participated in a two-day 160 mile "virtual" ride in Sicily in support of the same organization. I've participated in the virtual ride in Sicily in 2013 as well. I was set to participate in 2014 however I was in a cycling accident precluding me to workout. For more information on the Wounded EOD Warrior Foundation click here
What is A Registered Dietitian?
A Registered Dietitian is an individual who:
- Completed the minimum of a Baccalaureate degree granted by a U.S. regionally accredited college or university, or foreign equivalent
- Completed 1200 hours of a supervised practice program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. (Saint Louis University Dietetic Internship Program)
- Successfully completed the Registration Examination for Dietitians
- Complete a minimum of 75 hours of continuing education every 5 years
How is an RD different from a Nutritionist?
The "RD" credential is a legally protected title that can only be used by practitioners who are authorized by the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Some RDs may call themselves "nutritionists," but not all nutritionists are registered dietitians. More from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
What is a Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD)?
Minimum requirements for specialty certification are established and approved by the Commission on Dietetic Registration. In order to be eligible to become a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics, candidates must meet the following requirements:
- Current Registered Dietitian (RD) status by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
- Maintenance of the RD status, for a minimum of two years from the original examination date (by the date of the specialty examination).
- Initial Certification: Documentation of 1,500 hours of specialty practice experience as an RD within the past five years (by the date the application is due).