Whitney grew up in Anchorage Alaska and then moved to Texas in middle school. She was always very athletic but never pursued sports in school. After getting pregnant her senior year of high school and having her daughter, Reese the Summer after she graduated she went on to start college that same month, when Reese was just 3 weeks old. Whitney credits that event for changing her life for the better and lighting a fire under her butt. Suddenly she was motivated and took life by the horns. After graduating with honors she started to jog as a hobby and then on to races. After struggling with infertility and miscarriages Whitney decided she need a distraction and began to train for a marathon. A goal that had always scared her. Ironically, about 4 weeks before her first marathon she was pregnant. She was set to run the marathon but ended up with a stress fracture in her foot. After a few more setbacks Whitney was carrying a healthy baby girl, gave birth to Lucy and within a year was pregnant again. After delivering a healthy baby boy she discovered the running community of Instagram and set her sights on qualifying for the Boston Marathon, which she did qualify for. In 2019 she and her family moved to Boulder, CO and her love of trail running began. As one of the season 8.5 participants she began training for her first ultra marathon. Now back in Texas Whitney is working on getting faster and qualifying for Boston again.
We loved catching up with Whitney from Becoming Ultra Season 8.5 and hearing her account of that epic 50k in a snow and ice storm. Whitney has a don’t overthink it just do it attitude when it comes to hard things. On this episode she shares the events that helped shape her and make her the determined, focused person she is today. Whitney is back at it and reaching for some big goals (no doubt she will crush them). She has an incredible work ethic, we loved hearing how she manages her family, work and running. Listening to Whitney will leave you feeling like you can manage anything and go for those goals.