What got you out running/walking for the first time?
I had already been riding a bike for a year when I tried running as a way to keep in shape over the winter when it was too cold to ride. I barely ran a mile and thought I was dying. So I didn’t run anymore that year. A year later in November 2016, I tried it again and that time it stuck.
What’s a song that helps pick up your pace?
Anything by AJR.
What is the race medal you are most proud of and why?
I’m torn between the 2018 Bay Ridge 100K and the 2017 CIM. CIM was my first marathon and symbolizes reaching what I thought was an impossible goal and the Bay Ridge 100K was my first 100K, and one of the first races I really thought I might not make it due to time. It was a struggle and probably one of the hardest races I ever completed to date.
What is your dream race or location for a run?
Iceland. Or Mongolia. Or Chile. No, I think it is the UTMB (Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc). Yes, the UTMB is my final answer. Oh, but wait….
What is your favorite trail to run?
The Bay Ridge trails by Lake Chabot on up to Berkeley and beyond. I love that there are so many biomes and environments, from eucalyptus forests, to redwoods, to grassy plains, to lakes, to, well, everything. Also, for being so close to millions of people, it’s always surprising how few people are out there, especially if you get more than a mile away from a trailhead.
What’s your favorite race distance?
50K. That’s a perfect distance for clearing your calendar for the day and not have any other obligations.
What’s the funniest thing that has happened to you or that you have seen on the trail?
It’s not funny, but the coolest thing I’ve seen was when I did a night run in prep for the RDL in 2019 and out beyond the Quarry Road past No Hands Bridge. It was about midnight and I was running out ahead of the group I was with. I stopped to wait and turned off my lamp. The darkness was almost absolute, but you could see millions of stars in the sky. It’s funny how you can feel so insignificant in the face of nature, yet be so full of wonder, at the same time.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not running?
Writing and photography.
Who are your running heroes? Who inspires you?
There are so many, but my first when I got into running was probably Scott Jurek. Also Jim Walmsley and Courtney Dauwalter.
Describe the moment you realized you were a “runner”.
I think it was when I went from being afraid that if I missed a scheduled run that I would never run again, to when I realized that I couldn’t imagine myself not running.
What are your goals?
To qualify for the Western States, to run across the state, then to run across the country. I think it will be a while before any of that happens.
What’s your favorite beer (or other drink if you don’t drink beer)?