My name is Brandi and I live in the great state of Oklahoma. I’m a runner, not a natural one, and definitely not a fast one, but a runner nonetheless.
I’m 28 years old and a Registered Nurse that works day shift in a cardiovascular critical care unit. I love food. I really love cheese, and I especially love string cheese. There is something so therapeutic and delicious about a stick of string cheese.
Photo: Lo and I on my 26th birthday. Gotta love the overly pronounced “skinny arm pose.”
I have no children, but I do have a dog that is like my child. I will talk about him a lot.
His name is Dexter and he is a two year old dachshund that I adopted from a wonderful place called The Lowrider Dachshund Rescue.
He’s a little spoiled.
He may think that he is a person.
I started running almost two years ago to complete a 5k with a coworker. I quickly found out that it was a huge stress reliever and helped with the grief of losing my Dad. Essentially, running has saved me from myself. I have gone from my first 5k to completing a half marathon, and hopefully in the near future training for my first full marathon. Due to a hip injury this year, which I will mention throughout my blog, my running has slowed down.
I am a runner that has Crohn’s Disease. Having Crohn’s Disease doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy activities like running or sports, there are options and medications that have made it to where I am able to do so. I have been diagnosed since I was 18 years old, and for the most part I have it under control. I have been in remission for 4 years, since my last five day stay in the hospital with pancreatitis, gall bladder surgery, Crohn’s flare up and a nice round of high dose steroids.
Most everyone has an idea that people with Crohn’s are frail, skinny, and emaciated looking; I am the opposite of this. I’m very open about bodily functions, so if you are squeamish then this blog probably isn’t for you. I have not had very many problems with running and my Crohn’s Disease, which is convenient since running is known to stimulate the gastrointestinal tract.
Basketball is my second favorite sport to watch and play. I am a huge Oklahoma City Thunder fan and I take the game personally, even though I know I am not a part of the team.
As you can tell, I am super mature by putting a handle bar mustache on Kate Upton while she is posing with my two favorite Thunder players Kevin Durant & *James Harden.
That’s all I’m giving you for now. You will figure out the rest soon enough.
*Edited to add that although James Harden is no longer with the Thunder, I am keeping this picture because I enjoy seeing Kate Upton with a handlebar mustache. You know you do too.