Hey there, I’m Michelle the Running Jewess. I’m currently a graduate student in sunny and gorgeous California.
Want to know a bit more about me?
I’ve been running for eight or so years now, but I started out very inconsistently back in high school. My friends and I would go to the gym and use the treadmill, somehow we never ran more than three miles. In college I attempted to run a bit farther, an out and back loop to Harvard from my university which amounted to approximately five miles. Up until my move in late 2009 I considered five miles a “long distance,” but boy was I wrong.
In 2010 I completed four half marathons and several trail races of various distances. I’ve recently completed my fourth marathon and I find myself looking forward to long runs every weekend. At this point, I’m always searching for a fun new race to complete (like Ragnar and the Tough Mudder). Who knows, I may catch the bug and complete an ultra in the coming years.
My mother brought me up to be a very proud, strong Jewish woman. Sometimes this comes with the stereotypical habits (gossip, frugality, drinking too much wine, etc.) but you can’t deny your heritage. Jewish culture and tradition are large aspects of my life and cause me to make remarks such as, “Yeah I’m cheap, I’m a Jew…”
Disclaimer: Jewess is often considered a derogatory remark. I do not in any way mean this about myself or my personality. I’m nothing but proud of where my family is from and what they’ve done to get me here so that I can comfortably call myself Jewish, Jewlicious, Jewtastic, or even a Jewess as I please.
Back in September of 2011 I moved to the west coast to start my existence as a graduate student. I’m studying design engineering at Stanford (not that I’m completely sure what it entails) and loving every second of it (unless I’m bogged down by work).