Hey there! My name is Charlotte and I’m so glad you are here!
I’m a 20-something-year-old gal currently traveling full-time, and I lived in San Francisco and NYC for 10 years previously. I created I Run Like A Girl in 2016 when I was living in NYC to share my journey training for different races, and since then this has grown to a blog I update once a week to document my daily life as well as my travel adventures. Between my busy life and the roller-coaster that is my 20s, 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 chasing adventure.
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 went to college in NYC, and during my senior year, I spontaneously decided to do a solo road trip to Northern California during my spring break. I fell in love with California and especially San Francisco.
After graduating college, I wanted to travel more but didn’t have much money, so I worked on farms in Portugal and Ireland while backpacking through Western Europe for two months. That trip changed my life and planted the travel bug in me!
After this trip, I lived in NYC for 2 more years. It was a lot of work, a lot of partying, and a LOT of running (6 marathons, 12 half marathons, 2 triathlons!)…and behold, I Run Like A Girl was born. 🙂
I quickly got burnt out from my work-hard-play-hard lifestyle and felt like I needed a change from NYC. I always had in the back of my head my love for SF, so in 2017 I packed my bags and bought a one-way plane ticket to SF where I started my new life! I didn’t know anyone out there or had any life plan, but it was the best decision I ever made. The people I met and the perspectives I gained have made some of the best experiences of my life.
The following few years I continued working in SF while traveling as much as I could in my free time. Some of my favorite trips during this time: 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, cheering on a local soccer team in Colombia, and climbing the tallest volcano in Guatemala.
Fast forward to 2019 – my world became even brighter when I met my current partner, Joe. We fell in love quickly and I feel so beyond lucky to have found Joe.
In 2022 – I decided to fulfill my lifelong dream of backpacking around the world for a year. So once again, I’m packing my bags, and for the near future, this blog will be my little travel diary. 🙂