My name is Gisgie. It’s pronounced geese (like the birds) and gee (like the letter). Now that we’ve met, I’m glad you’re here.
I want to be your BRF (best running friend), or at least the person you turn to when your family’s eyes glaze over when you talk about running. Let’s set goals, celebrate your wins and share tips to keep you — or get you back to — running.
I’m an injury-prone runner who manages to find reasons to keep coming back to the road despite ongoing challenges. Most recently, I’ve struggled with piriformis syndrome. I’m currently winning. Most days. I’m also a Skirt Sports and Michigan Fitness Foundation ambassador.
I’ve been running since 2012, when our daughter said she wanted to try out for her middle school cross country team. I was coming off an inactive year after I had to quit my first love, tae kwon do, because of multiple injuries. Running sounded safe … and boring. We tried Couch to 5K. I hated it.
Then I had shoulder surgery in the fall of 2013. That’s when I realized I was in love. With running. Couldn’t stop thinking about it. Talking about it. Reading about it. Wishing I was doing it.
When I finally got the go-ahead, I was even willing to do it on the — gasp! — treadmill.
I ran my first 50K ultra in 2016, first marathon in 2015 and my first half marathon in 2014. I’m no speedster, but I do hope you stick around to find out what comes next. For my day job, I run an award-winning communications department for a State of Michigan agency. They roll their eyes a lot and tune me out when I talk about running.
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