Writing about my life from injury to ultra marathon…
I’m a Mom of 2 Boys
Hi! My name is Nikki and I’m the mom of 2 boys. At first the notion of all boys in the house terrified me but now that they’ve been around for awhile, I’m pretty proud to say that I’m a boy mom. My oldest is 5 and has just started kindergarten while my youngest is almost 4 and is tearing his way through his second year of preschool. They keep me busy, entertained, focused and of course, slightly frazzled.
I’m a Runner
In 2005, I was seriously injured in a car accident that left me with a partly crushed spine, countless broken bones and a physical future that nobody could predict. I was told I’d forever be in pain and never able to be active or run again. 2.5 years of full-time physical therapy later I decided to give it a shot anyway and began my journey of learning to run again.
6 years later I’ve completed 20+ half marathons, 5 full marathons and 4 ultra marathons. Every step was a struggle but learning to run ultimately strengthened my body, gave me my confidence back and healed my soul at a time when everything was about what I’d lost in that car accident. I continue to run because it keeps me in shape, helps me manage my back pain and feel successful and strong when life sometimes suggests otherwise.
I’m a Blogger
My running journey began in 2007 and this blog began as a means to stay accountable. Slow is the New Fast seemed like the perfect blog name because it so accurately described my philosophy and spirit amidst such a competitive sport. Through my blog I have discovered an incredible community of runners, athletes, mothers and women who have inspired me beyond measure. I continue to blog because I love to write but mostly because I love connecting with others and sharing and learning.
I write mostly about my running but also like to share my experiences recovering from and living with the lasting effects of a catastrophic back injury. I like to share recipes, review gear, discuss training and talk about balancing it all while raising a young family. Above all, I try to be honest and try to share as many of the embarrassing stories as I do the triumphant ones.
I’m a Lover of Fries
I love a good piece of cake like the next girl but for my money, give me a big plate of salty, golden fries and I’m happy. I do my best to stay fit, make good choices and try to be an example for my family but I also try not to take it all too seriously. Let’s be honest, we all have our vices and I truly believe that allowing yourself to indulge is part of living a sustainable, healthy lifestyle. French fries may not exactly be a health food but they sure taste good after running a marathon!