At age 23, Alison signed up for her first road race, the San Francisco Bridge to Bridge 12K. That was the start of new period in her life that included marathons, triathlons, Ironmans and trail running with friends.
But things started to unravel in late 2011 with the first of two ankle surgeries.
“I was depressed about being in casts and on crutches,” she says. “I volunteered at trail races like Western States because that’s where my friends were going. It was so cool to cheer for these amazing runners and learn about race organization.”
Making matters worse, after 10 years, Alison’s marriage was ending in divorce and her job situation was untenable. “As a consultant, there was no job security,” she says. “I either worked all the time or not at all.”
What draws me to Run Pretty Far is not only the vibrant, fresh, and unique designs, but also the messages they carry. It gives me another way of expressing myself as a runner. It’s like saying, “I don’t just run for the heck of it; I need this! I love this! Running is part of who I am.”