This is copied and pasted from her FB account, Aug 5, 2016.
Thank you all SO MUCH for the happy birthday wishes. I am just getting to read them now because I spent my birthday hiking and diving into nature at Crater Lake without access to internet.
I have to admit, as I went through each post I thought about the memories that we all shared, got choked up a bit in the office (Celine Dion's Because You Loved Me came on Pandora, which did not help the waterworks), and I am now just overwhelmed with gratitude for the relationships built with each of you.
Thats why I want to share that I am at a pivotal point in my life, as I am no longer going to be coaching at NAU as of August 15th. As many of you know, I cut my running career short junior year at Penn State due to chronic pneumonia and many other ailments. Since my plan 'A' of running was no longer an option, I decided to coach and had my first opportunity to do so with the Lodi Flames at Lodi High School :). From Cali I moved to Syracuse and then onto NAU. Moving to Flagstaff helped me grow up. I learned that as much as I want life to be an endless dance party, I also need to work on something more important than my tan and beer pong skills. Earning a Masters Degree at NAU while coaching taught me how to work, then work harder, and finish what I started. It also brought about every type of amazing, hilarious, awe-inspiring, heart-breaking, physically, emotionally and mentally challenging situation that I could endure. Instead of hiding and resorting back to my college tendencies, I had to face life and grow up. And I did, but its a never ending process.
What I am happy to say is that ultimately, this magic mountain and its supportive community have helped me to get healthy enough to run again. So, I am going to steer back on the path that I had set back in high school and pursue a running career. Maybe in four years it will lead to something great. But no matter where it leads, I know its going to be wild ride. Yeehaw!