I'm a sport and exercise science professor at Benedictine University outside of Chicago.
My love of nature really began in high school and college as an avid cross-country runner training in Wild Life Refuges or State Parks. I fell in love with the Appalachians when I lived in Virginia, and romanticized the idea of Thru-Hiking the AT while running or hiking in SNP.
I lived in Colorado during my doctoral work, and taught college courses including some on hiking and took students to RMNP for class. During grad school, I struggled with staying active and gained a lot of weight. I've set the goal of Thru-Hiking the AT in 2020 to motivate myself to take my life back from stress and inactivity.
This blog shares my journey from training and preparation to my hopeful summitting of Mount Katahdin.