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My name is Kelly and I’m a 25 year-old runner/athlete/someone who likes to experiment in the kitchen.  I graduated from James Madison University in 2007 with a BA in Print Journalism and have done absolutely nothing with it since.  I started this blog as a place where I could basically write about anything I want. Hence the title, My Verbal Vomit.  As it has progressed, it’s become the place where I document my endeavors in the kitchen, at the gym, and while hitting the pavement on a run.  I also wrote an absurd amount about the injury I went through due to over training, and what it took to recover from that.

I just recently moved to Arlington, VA after spending almost four years post college graduation living at home with my mom in a suburb of Philadelphia.  Now I live in the cutest little house with two of my very best friends, and my cat Pumpkin.

In terms of my history as an athlete, I have an extensive one. From the ages of 4-11, I was a competitive gymnast with dreams of someday competing in the Olympics. Sadly, those dreams were never realized when at age 11, 5’6″ and still growing (I eventually topped out at 5’8″) I noticed that every other girl on my team was much smaller than me. So I reluctantly gave up gymnastics, I can however still do a handstand, side aerial, and back-handspring, woo!

aww wasn't I cute?

After quitting gymnastics in 5th grade, I joined the track team. While I did play other sports, basketball for three years, and field hockey all four years of high school, I spent the majority of my time running around a track. I started out my running career as a sprinter, the 100m, 200m, 400m, and 4x100m relay were my races and except the 400 I loved all of them. When I moved on to high school, I branched out to field events. My coach taught me to triple jump, and then also put me in the long jump and high jump, and unfortunately still in the 400.

love my handstands!

High jump and triple jump turned out to be my two best, and my favorite, events. Unfortunately, after graduating from high school I did not continue competing, I think by then after four years of winter and spring track seasons I was ready for a break. So that’s where I am now, back running, and in better running shape now then I ever was in high school. I used to complain about having to go out on a 25 minute run, and now I run for 60 and longer by choice. Oh to go back to the days when I was super skinny and talented without really having to work at it.

In November 2010, I ran my first half-marathon and finished in a very respectable 2:05:36.  The second I crossed that finish line I was already trying to decide what my next one would be.

Follow my adventures in my new city here, watch me train for upcoming races, all while I experiment with making delicious meals and desserts in the kitchen.

long jumping senior year of high school

high jumping senior year of high school

31 Responses

  1. Oh I high jumped in high school too! I love this picture…brings back fond memories!! 🙂

  2. I too got a BA in Print Journalism and don’t do anything with it. Well I write for a living, but boring technical stuff.

  3. I can totally relate! I was a broadcast journalism major and now work as a newswire editor…not entirely related. It’s a tough market for us right now…but I’m still holding on to the hope that our day will come eventually 🙂

    – Beth @ http://www.DiningAndDishing.com

  4. Which part of the greater Philly area are you from/do you work? I’m a Bucks County girl myself : ) We’re about the same age, too….I’m curious to see if we know any of the same people by any chance!

  5. My grandparents live in Bucks County! My dad’s in Doylestown. I miss home!

    Impressive handstand. 🙂

  6. i graduted with an english and journalism degree in 07, and sadly, besides some great internships, i’ve don’t nothing with my dusty degree. grrrr.

  7. Truly blogging is such a nice way to express our feelings out….
    whatever we feel can let others also know…

  8. Luv the name of ur site…so true, for most of us. 🙂

  9. Just found your blog and LOVE it! Can’t wait to read more 🙂

  10. Hi, nice to meet you !

  11. Just found your blog. We’ve got two things in common! I did the high jump when I was younger and I’m a journalist! Your picture has made me wish I had a picture of myself high jumping 🙂 I definitely wouldn’t chance it now!

    • Haha I often wonder if I would still be able to get my bootay high enough to clear a high jump bar! I’d probably attempt it after too many drinks and hurt myself.

  12. Thanks for sharing your background! Isn’t it crazy that at 5’6″ you are typically too tall to be a gymnbast? Crazy

  13. Hi! I just found your blog via Caitlin’s and wanted to comment to tell you how much I’m enjoying it. I was a journalism major, too (print and video) and still love the field 🙂

  14. I love how you say you graduated in 2007 and have done absolutely nothing with it . I am the exact same way – I graduated in 2007 with a B.S. in Biology and have nothing to show for it but my diploma and a mind full of science knowledge that I use over-diagnose myself with and annoy doctors.

    Do you have a job now?

  15. love your gymnastics background! i did the same thing from ages 2-15 til 2 knee injuries and an ankle injury sat me down and i grew 3 inches. I did a tuck for the first time in 10 years last summer and maybe one day will do it again lol…

    Look forward to reading more!

  16. Hello –I found your Blog onAOL. I must say, I’m impressed with your site. I had no trouble navigating through all the tabs and information was very easy to access.Pretty awesome.

  17. […] Each recipe comes from a food blogger from around the country. This week’s recipe comes from My Verbal Vomit. Awesome […]

  18. I’m so glad I’ve found your blog! I’ve lived in VA my whole lie, and I think it’s cool to finally find another blogger in the same area!

  19. My dad used to work in Arlington when I was growing up in Burke. NoVa is such a nice area! I have a lot of friends from grade school in that area still. I now live just outside of Philly in the burbs, go figure. Love your blog! 🙂

  20. I used to have a blog called “Cognitive Emesis” so I appreciate the title and the meaning behind it. You should change the headings in your sidebar so that they all have a vomit theme (e.g., “Prime Puke” instead of “Top Posts,” etc.) and really milk it for all it’s worth.

  21. Hey! I just found your blog (through twitter, via Hangry Pants! haha) and first off, I used to be a gymnast too, and I love my handstands 🙂 And I live in Richmond, so I’m not too far from you! I’m so glad I found your blog!

  22. I live in Arlington too!! So glad I stumbled upon your blog 🙂

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