Coming from a family of runners, I always considered myself “the one who loves it, works hard, but doesn’t have the talent.” After giving birth to my wonderful daughter, Currie, in February 2010, I opened my mind to the idea that I have some untapped potential. Five months after her birth, I ran a 5k Personal Record. Since then, I’ve run the following times on USATF Certified Courses:
- 5k Road: 16:40 (pre-pregnancy 18:20)
- 5 miles Road: 28:14
- Half Marathon: 1:15:59 (pre-pregnancy 1:25)
- Marathon 2:51 (pre-pregnancy 3:14)
I now consider myself something I never thought I would – Local Elite! I have Olympic Trials dreams, I run for my favorite apparel company, Oiselle, as a part of their Elite Racing team, and I look forward to a life full of running, kids (I now have a son named Wells who was born in late 2013) and great times with my wonderful husband, who is also a runner.
I come from a family of runners, the Ohio Ordways! My older brother, Josh Ordway, ran the 2008 and 2012 Marathon Olympic Trials, placing 21st in 2008. My younger brother, Jason Ordway, ran his first Marathon Olympics Trials in 2012, qualifying at age 23 (one of the youngest in the bunch) and running just a few months after his 24th birthday. My younger sister was running a 5:00 mile in 7th grade. She unfortunately doesn’t run anymore due to neurocardiogenic syncope. My dad has been a runner since sophomore year in high school, though he stopped for a few years in his early 20s. Watching him run every day obviously influenced all 4 of us kids to become runners. He was running as an elite 55 year old just a few years ago! My mom, an amazing all-around athlete herself, doesn’t run races, but has spent her life running around after us while working 7 days a week. She has battled breast cancer twice, thyroid cancer, and basal cell skin cancer multiple times and we are happy to say she is still thriving despite her lifetime supply of radiation and her latest chemo treatments!