My name is Danica and I fell in love with running when I joined my junior high cross-country team back in ’99. I ran track, played soccer and ran cross country in high school and I starting running again in October of 2008. I love the challenge of the half marathon, the marathon, and little 5ks – not a fan of the 10k. I ran my first marathon in May of 2009, and it wasn’t a great experience. I finally had the race that I dreamed of at the Long Beach Marathon in October 2009, you can read about it here. It was, by far, one of the best days of my life, and made me believe in second chances.
A lot of things have shaped me to the person I am today. I went to a small private college and graduated with a Bachelors in Communications and a minor in Creative Writing. One of the biggest changes that I’ve been through was that I lost my mom my Junior year of college. When she passed away, I stopped running. I don’t know why, but I felt like I couldn’t do anything that made me happy when she was alive. When I coached a small high school cross-country program at one of the first meets I attended, I cried at the start of the race. It was shocking because I am not an emotional persona. It was then that I realized how much I loved running and how I missed it.
When I was began running consistently again, things began to fall back into place. I was happier! One saying I remind myself of often is, “Live What You Love.” That is exactly how I want to live my life, doing things I love.
I live in Southern California, where most of the running paths are flat and some are even along the ocean. I love watching all different sports and I’m a big Angels fan. I am an assistant high school cross country and track coach and I work for a non-profit as well.
I am married to an amazing guy who is a firefighter for the City of Los Angeles. He doesn’t love running as much as me, actually who am I kidding, he hates running, but he has really made my life more fun.
In high school, I was much faster than I am today, but throughout my life experiences, related to running or not, I have come to realize it’s not about the time or your place in the race, but the journey it takes you to get to that finish line.