I started running in high school and was fortunate to run on the Wheeling HS State Championship steam in '98 with future Olympian Jorge Torres. While I paused running in my 20s, I found my way back just before I turned 30 and have been running ever since. My favorite race distance is the 5k, but my favorite memories are from pacing and helping Johann get his 5k under 20 minutes (19:25) and helping Matan qualify for Boston (3:05:49).
Outside of running I love spending time with my family, making music, and White Sox baseball/Bears football.
Currently wearing: Altra Torin, On Cloud X, & Skechers Performance Ride 9
I started running in college for fun, but have been consistently running since 2015. What I enjoy most about running is the feeling of accomplishment after a hard workout or a race. My favorite race memory is the Chicago Marathon. It always has a special place in my heart since it was my first marathon in 2017. Excited to be back at the race in 2021!
Outside of running, I enjoy spending time with my husband and pup, cycling, and traveling.
Currently wearing: Under Armour Flow Velociti Wind & On Cloudstratus
I started running in high school with the Hoffman Estates High School Cross Country and Track team. Running with teammates and friends makes running fun and stress relieving for me. My favorite race distance is the 2 mile and the mile. My favorite race memory was being able to run sectionals for the first time my senior year.
Outside of running I enjoy fishing, learning about new/upcoming running shoes, and drinking a crisp La Croix.
Currently wearing: On Cloudflow and Skechers Performance Ride 9
I started running in 2019 during my 8th grade track season. While I don't compete anymore, I still enjoy running for fun. I like being able to meet new people and get to places faster than walking. In my freshman year of high school, I got my PR of 24:38 in the 3-mile at a cross country conference. It was then that I showed myself I was capable of running faster than I imagined.
Outside of running, I like joining clubs at school and helping others whenever I can.
Currently wearing: On Cloudflow
I started running in 2013 after a series of misfortunes left me looking for an outlet. I went from "no more than a 5K" to running half-marathons. I am skilled as an Athletic Trainer and have worked with industrial athletes.
Outside of working and running, I enjoy outings with my Fast Track family and Disney vacations. My favorite race series was the Fairy Tale challenge at Disney. My most accomplished race was the F3 half marathon in 2019. It was -4 degrees at the start, yet I still finished the whole race.
Currently wearing: Under Armour Hovr Sonic
I started running cross-country and track in junior high. I continued at Schaumburg High School and currently run for North Central College. The sense of accomplishment I get from running is why I continue to enjoy it. My favorite racing memories are when I doubled in the 800 and 1500 meter races and achieved all-conference in both events, and running a 2:18 in the 800 meter.
Outside of running, I go to NCC as an English/Secondary Education major. I am a coffee addict and can usually be found at Starbucks with my friends.
Currently wearing: On Cloud X
I'm the proud wife of Chris, the dreamer and founder of Xtra Mile Running. I am definitely the non-runner of the Xtra Mile family, as I'm positive I walk faster than I run. However, I huff and puff through a 5K once or twice a year to prove that I can. I enjoy being creative and the store has given me an outlet to do that. I help wherever I can - social media, emails, shirt designs, or the website.
In as much "spare time" as being a mom allows, I love reading, napping, yoga, and being with family.
Currently wearing: Altra Escalante
Xtra Mile's former Field Marketing Director, Ryan Marshall, is now a professional in the runny industry. He works as a field representative for Adidas! Congrats, Ryan!
Ryan is originally from Michigan and now lives in Elgin, IL. He has been a passionate runner for around 10 years, and has been working in the running industry for 5 years. Ryan loves helping runners in any way he can. He has experience in track, cross country, road running, and trails. Outside of running, he loves to hang out with his wife and their new dog.
Don't let my size fool you, I am invested in the success of Xtra Mile Running. I frequently inspect all the products at the store. I also take pride in cheering on runners at local races. I am super fast and love to run with my Daddy! When I'm not at the store, I enjoy singing and laughing.
Currently wearing: Superhero-themed underwear!
As the youngest member of the gang, I am focused on YOUR happiness. It is my goal to bring smiles to anyone who sees me. I'm an excellent clapper and listener. I would love to hear about your running and happiness goals. When I'm not at the store, I enjoy reading and eating.
Currently wearing: Diapers