What got you out running/walking for the first time?

I ran as a kid with my sister and later, on the school track team. It was all short track running and hurdles back then. I’ve backpacked and hiked since I was in my teens. I love the outdoors and hiking is always fun.

Mary Silva got me into road races.  I always joke that if I wanted to keep up with Mary, I needed running shoes and a moisture wicking wardrobe.

My first road race was the 5K at Peace Officers back in 2022.  Coach J. introduced me to DB last year. I ran my first 10K trail run at Red Hills, and I was hooked on trails.

What’s a song that helps pick up your pace?

Just one? There’s way to many on my playlist. I’m old school, 60’s through 80’s music. I listen to Rock, Disco, Funk, R&B and some Country too. 

My top 5 to get me moving are; AC/DC – Long way to the top, Donna Summer – I feel love, The Doors- Break on Through, Edgar Winter – Frankenstein, MJ – Wanna be startin’ somethin’

What is the race medal you are most proud of and why?

For road races, My first medal from the 2022 Peace Officers, 5K is currently my favorite.  However, I’m writing this in early March. On March 24th, my most proud of medal, will be from my first Marathon.   I’m also very proud for completing Turners Tough Ten, last month. Although there’s no medal for it, that trail run has been my toughest running challenge yet. I don’t need an object to commemorate that run, I have plenty of memories. 

What is your dream race or location for a run?

Like, pie in the sky dreaming? Okay, the Karman Line is about 100 Kilometers from earth to where space begins. I love the desert and arid locations here in the west. My dream run is the Javalina Jundred, 100 KM, not 100 miles. It could happen.

What is your favorite trail to run?

I don’t really have a favorite trail run yet. I have not been trail running for very long. 

What’s your favorite race distance?

My favorite race distance right now is 13.1. It’s a decent workout and enough time to totally clear my head. 

What’s the funniest thing that has happened to you or that you have seen on the trail?

While hiking in Yosemite several years ago, my friend and I sat down for a break to eat some lunch. A bear came out of the woods and grabbed his backpack. We got it back a short time later and it was really torn up.  However, we survived and had a good laugh after it was over. 

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not running? 

I enjoy gardening, movies, music, kayaking and traveling. I also try to go on an adventure once a year. I especially like to explore the desert, box canyons, or a desolate mountain range. 

Who are your running heroes? Who inspires you?

Last year they live-streamed the Western States 100 on YouTube. It was hard to do anything but watch. I was inspired by all the runners. This year, I’m volunteering at Pointed Rocks and can’t wait to be part of the experience. I’m also inspired by Mary and Coach J. for introducing me to running, motivating me and their mentorship.

Describe the moment you realized you were a “runner”.

Aside from the bear taking my buddy’s backpack? I realized I was a runner when I joined Moves with Mary and went to my first practice run. 

What are your goals?

My goal is to inspire people to get off the couch and run. It worked for me, and I want to pay it forward. 

 What’s your favorite beer (or other drink if you don’t drink beer)?

I grew up in the Bay Area and drank Anchor Steam and then later, Gordon Biersch too. However, I’m not a regular beer drinker anymore and now prefer cab’s and red blend wines. On the trail, I find that a shot of tequila has never spoiled my run. I’m also a huge fan of Macallan scotch, the older the better.