Once upon a time I was a nomadic surfer girl who spent her days floating in the ocean and her nights slinging cheeseburgers and beer for a living as a waitress in a resort town, without much of a care in the world.
And then, I unexpectedly became a mom.
And soon after, in an attempt to shed some pregnancy weight, I unexpectedly fell in love with running.
And though it may sound silly to some, running changed my life. With a sudden sense of a much greater purpose, I went back to school and spent 4 crazy years busting my butt while studying in a BS exercise and sport science program. Oh, and spent some of that time growing another baby.
Now, a proud mom of two boys, I am an ACSM certified Exercise Physiologist (formerly Health Fitness Specialist) who has an undying passion to motivate people to become active and healthy.
I’m truly convinced exercise will save the world.
The Evolution of Run Faster, Mommy!
In 2009, with a 2 year old and a 4 month old, I struggled to get back into running. But I vowed it would happen, and so for accountability purposes, I started a blog to share with my friends and family. Run Faster, Mommy! would become my outlet to celebrate and commiserate over my daily adventures and struggles as a new mom, new runner, and full time student.
I never in a million years could have imagined the opportunities that would come my way from the simple act of writing.
As the years passed, the kids outgrew the jogging stroller, and my interests outgrew the simple act of running. Gone were the mom posts about dirty diapers and marathon training while breastfeeding. Instead they were replaced with posts about hiking, fitness, mountains, cycling, and yes…more running, in addition to whatever adventures I came across in this chaotic life of mine (parkour, anyone). From that evolution, Relentless Forward Commotion was born.
Who am I?
I am a mom. I am an athlete. I am an adventurer with a wandering spirit and wandering feet. I am obsessed with collecting race medals, but only when properly earned. I was once addicted to obstacle course racing and mud runs. Recently, however, I’ve given up the barbed wire and immersed myself in the ultra running world. I seek trails, the longer the better, and though I still road race, the thought of running on flat pavement for countless miles makes my eye twitch.
I cannot get enough of the mountains. I once tried to love triathlons but I’m not sure they loved me back. My fitness professional idol is Richard Simmons, I hate peanut butter, and I can’t stand to sit still for long periods of time, which often makes my job as a writer a difficult task. I love to travel. I love a good micro-brew after a long run. Fitness is my passion. Housework (laundry, dishes, you catch the drift) is my nemesis. I am sarcastic, loving, and I tend to “over share”.
I am Heather. This is my blog. These are my never ending adventures. Join me for a few miles…
“Relentless Forward Commotion” & “Run Faster Mommy” are a trademark of Heather Gannoe, est 2009.