Hey there! My name is Charlotte and I’m so glad you are here!
I’m a 20-something year old gal living in San Francisco, and I lived in NYC for six years before that. I created I Run Like A Girl in 2016 when I was living in NYC to share my journey training for difference races, and since then this has grown to a blog I update once a week to document my daily life and also highlight my travel adventures. Between my busy city life, the roller-coaster that is my 20’s, my crazy friends and wonderful family, there’s never a dull moment around here!
I named this blog “I Run Like A Girl” because no matter where I am in life, my early love for running has always fueled a passion to live an active and (mostly) healthy life. I also believe the name reflects my million-thoughts-a-minute writing style and my obsession for living life to its fullest.
I was born and raised in the beautiful Hudson Valley in upstate New York, and so I’ve always been drawn to the outdoors and being active. I was a competitive swimmer throughout my childhood and took on running for fun in high school.
My wonderful family – I am a middle child!
After a few years of on-and-off running, I decided to take the plunge and sign up for a half marathon in college. My first half marathon was everything I thought it would be, and more. I loved how training got me out of bed in the morning and how I ultimately accomplished something I never thought I could. A year later, I ran my first marathon. Let’s just say it changed my life :).
Since then, I’ve run 6 marathons and 12 half marathons. I’ve also raced 2 triathlons and an open water race. While races were a big part of my life in my 20s, recently I’ve focused away from distance-running and more into other workouts (pilates, yoga, shorter-distance runs) as I feel these better fit my current lifestyle!
My day-to-day life
In the midst of my busy day to day life, I absolutely love getting out of the city and spending time in nature. Now that I’m on the west coast, weekend road trips through California, visiting new parks, surfing, and chilling on any beach I can find are my happy spot.
Lastly, a HUGE passion of mine is seeing the world. I’ve been fortunate to travel a lot in my 20s, mostly solo and on the backpacker’s trail. Some trips that have shaped my life: Working on a family farm in Ireland for a summer, trekking through mountains in northern Thailand, riding my motorbike through rural villages in the Philippines, catching fish and cooking it over a fire with locals in Kenya, sleeping in a hammock under the stars in the Amazon Rainforest, learning to surf in Nicaragua, climbing glaciers in Iceland, cheering on a local soccer team in Colombia, climbing the tallest volcano in Guatemala, bungee jumping in Costa Rica, partying ’til sunrise in Portugal…
…and many MANY more adventures to come!