I’ve been an athlete my entire life. Growing up in Central New Jersey, a soccer ball was permanently attached to my foot starting at age five. I spent a few tomboy years in middle school practicing my lay-ups and foul shots before basketball practice. I swam for (and eventually coached) my pool’s swim team. I was a founding member of my high school’s first girl’s lacrosse team. And now, I’m a runner. Actually, I’m a marathoner— a title I recently earned by finishing the 2011 ING New York City Marathon.It wasn’t until training for those 26.2 miles that I started to think differently about the importance of health, fitness, and proper nutrition in my life. I’ve been blessed with a crazy metabolism, so I rarely think about what I eat before shoveling it into my mouth. But those early morning wake-up calls, long runs, and hill workouts made me a more aware, stronger and happier person. (The carbo-loading helped too.)I’m no expert (yet), but I do have the curiosity to learn more and track down the answers to the most important fitness, health, and happiness questions to inspire smarter choices every day. Before joining the Greatist team, I was the Associate Editor of City’s Best at the AOL Huffington Post Media Group, where I wrote about fun things to do in cities across the U.S., and previously worked at New Jersey Monthly magazine, where I wrote about fun things to do in New Jersey (yes, they do exist).When I’m not researching and writing, you can find me training for my next races in Central Park or along the Hoboken waterfront, eating out at my favorite restaurants (hopefully with a coupon), spending summers at the beach and, of course, dancing to Beyoncé’s greatest hits.My most troublesome weakness is... Macaroni and cheese. And I refuse to make it healthier. I dare Greatist to convince me otherwise.I'm looking forward to learning more about... Incorporating other fitness activities into my new running lifestyle for strength and cross-training. I’ll try anything once! Maybe I’ll even give yoga another shot— I had a bad first experience, when I got yelled at for talking too much in class.