An amazing, inspiring runner named Fiona @mcefiona found us via Instagram, and wrote us this amazing note. We asked her to tell her story as others would be super inspired by it...we sure are. Watch out Kilian Journet, here comes Fiona & 's!
"I love your posts and have been following your brand for quite some time. I love your wholesome approach to running and nutrition and your view that it should be honest, fun, and humorous. I am 19 years old and am primarily a mountain runner, as I live in northern N.H. I plan to compete in the USATF National Mountain Running Championships next summer, as well as the Collegiate Mountain Running Championships. I am aiming for a top 5 collegiate finish. Other upcoming running goals: become the youngest female to run the Pemi Loop (32 miles with 10,000 ft elevation gain), run the fastest known female time (FKFT!) of Katahdin, and to run all of the 48,000 footers within the next few years. I also compete in road races and frequently am the top female. I began running at age 12 and became hooked on racing and involved in the running community quite quickly. As a sophomore, I founded my school’s cross country team and served as captain. Since, I have been passionate about spreading my love of running to school age children in order to promote healthy living at a young age. I have volunteered for an adaptive sports organization in my hometown in an effort to spread the benefits of running to as many people possible, and have seen many autistic teenagers improve after spending time moving quickly outside. In addition to running, I love bouldering, reading, writing, and science. I left high school a year early to go to college to pursue my dream of being epidemiologist. I currently attend university where I am a cholera researcher".
A RUNNER'S LIFE ::: FIONA'S WORDS
I don’t remember any decision to run; I don’t think there was one. Running is in my bones and my muscles, my dendrites and my dreams. In my earliest recollections, I’m running laps around my (round) house, imagining I’m on a track. By 6-years old, I had beaten the lawn into a dirt path. I didn’t have to imagine a track anymore; I’d made one.
The next year, one of my closest friends joined the team and lost over 100 pounds. Since, I have been passionate about sharing my love of running with school-aged children to promote healthy living. I have volunteered for an adaptive sports program and seen running and hiking bring so much happiness and a sense of openness to autistic teens.
I grew up racing, but as I spend more time on the trails alone as opposed to jostling with others, I’ve realized exploring—and maybe being the first or youngest to accomplish something— is what I love. Yesterday, I found myself careening down a mountain almost completely out of control as I leapt over the iciest stones with a great big smile on my face. There’s nothing better.
While I plan to continue racing seriously, I also hope to become the youngest woman to run the Pemi Loop—a 32 mile loop with over 10,000 feet of elevation gain in northern New Hampshire. Another goal is to become the fastest known female to run Mt. Katahdin in Maine. To train for this, I plan to run many of New England’s 48 4,000 footers (I can see Mt. Lafayette and Cannon Mt. from my front window). My dream is to run the Inca Trail Marathon in Peru. I’ll be in Peru In January for the Harvard Latin American Model United Nations Conference, and I hope to get a sense of the course.
In addition to running, I love bouldering, science, foreign policy (I’m very political), and writing. I’m 19, a sophomore in college majoring in biology. I’m also a cholera researcher in a Biosafety Level 2 lab and hope to become an epidemiologist.
Today is Boxing Day and I will continue celebrating the holidays with my favorite mountain run, Bridal Veil Falls. I expect the falls to be entirely frozen. If it seems that the pools and rock slides below the falls are safe to cross, I will run until I reach the base of the several hundred foot falls.