Desiree Marek

team nuun athlete

sport: Running

In the fall of 2009, I started running with my brother, who was trying to lose weight. Prior to that time, I had never run more than a mile. I had no idea how far a marathon was or that there were people who ran distances further than a marathon. Then, one day, my brother called to invite me to run 10 miles with him. Terrified, I accepted his invitation. I ran in cotton and gym trainers. I shuffled as my legs got tired. I struggled up hills. I thought I was going to die. That night, I moaned and cried in my sleep, tossing in the unbelievable soreness that only comes with pushing yourself harder than you thought you could. I loved every second of it. On that August day, I became a runner. A month an a half later, I ran my first half marathon and, five and a half months later, I ran my first 50k. Several years have passed since that first training run and, in that time, I have discovered my love for mountain running and my desire to pursue longer and longer distances. For me, there is no way I'd rather spend my time than surrounded by the breathtaking beauty that wilderness has to offer, pushing my body to its absolute limits.

accomplishments:

First in age group, Mount Hood 50 miler - 2012 First in Age group, Waldo 100k - 2012 Top ten finisher, Waldo 100k - 2013 Three-time finisher of Waldo 100k (2012, 2013, & 2014) Two-time finisher of the Javelina Jundred 100-mile race (2013 & 2014) Finisher of Pine to Palm 100-mile race - 2014

Desiree's Favorite flavor is
Nuun Electrolytes : Strawberry Lemonade

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