Heather Gleser

What got you out running/walking for the first time?
My sisters-in-law are all runners and kept asking me to run with them. I thought they were crazy, but I wanted to shock them. So after years of prodding, I signed up with the MJC for their 0-5K class and joined in on the family tradition of running the Modesto Turkey Trot.
 
What’s a song that helps pick up your pace?
I never run with music. That’s for dancing…not for running 🙂
 
I like to listen to everything around me…my feet hitting the dirt, my steady breaths, the chattering of creatures. The sound and feel of rain will always help me pick up the pace.
 
What is the race medal you are most proud of and why?
Every Ragnar medal! I have the most incredible team and I am inspired and motivated by each of them. The journey is tough, but it is also the most fun that I have running every year!
 
What is your dream race or location for a run?
Any race where I have my feet in the dirt and a cold beer waiting for me at the end!
 
What is your favorite trail to run?
I always love to change it up and try something new, but one of my favorite spots to run is in AZ on the edge of McDowell Mountain Park. There’s a trail called Sunrise and at the top I have truly seen some of the most amazing rising suns. It’s super technical, though well worth the view. I like to work for my rewards!
 
What’s your favorite race distance?
Half marathon, but I haven’t yet run my 50 miler…so who knows 🙂
 
What’s the funniest thing that has happened to you or that you have seen on the trail?
I’m not sure about the funniest, but I can tell you the scariest. I run trails by myself a lot because I’m on the road so much for work and it freaks me out a bit sometimes, but I guess that’s also part of the excitement. So it was still dark outside and I had my headlamp on while running a pretty familiar loop trail just outside of Saguaro National Park in AZ. I was a few miles in and  I started noticing drops of fresh blood. Then, there was blood and fur dragged across rocks. I figured that whatever killed must be full and so I kept on running, but I was completely freaked out. After following the blood trail for about a mile, the smears went off the path. Later, when the sun came up, I went back to find out what the blood led to and it appeared to be a deer killed by a hunter. The whole incident felt like a horror movie.
 
What do you enjoy doing when you aren’t running?
Camping, hiking, biking, dancing and drinking at as many breweries as I can find…and there are a lot to keep me busy these days.
 
Who are your running heroes? Who inspires you?
Kristi Victorino has been my coach from the start. She is a dedicated trainer, an incredible runner and wonderful friend. She pushes me when I need it and guides me on a safe runners path (sometimes I don’t listen and that is usually when I get hurt). I trust her training, because she puts her heart and soul into it. She has gotten me and many others to the finish line.
 
Also, I am inspired by my favorite running buddy, Lee. He is always ready for a challenge and will kick ass at just about every crazy race that I throw at him. He trains hard with me and has never let me down. I don’t think I could have made it on the long distances without his encouragement. His positive attitude is contagious.
 
Describe the moment you realized you were a “runner”.
I realized I was a runner after I won my first race 5 years ago. Though I didn’t love running until I ran my first trail.
 
I am continually trained to be a better runner through my Monday class at the MJC and I am continually challenged to be a stronger runner by the many friends that push me on the trails.
 
Though I didn’t truly find my running home until I joined Dusty Bottoms. The balance of working hard and then playing hard is exactly who I am and this running group incorporates exactly that mind frame. I have met the most amazing people through this group!
 
What are your goals?
I’m starting my training for Fourmidable in February and then my first 50 miler will be AR in April 2018.
 
My overall goal is to make it to the start line and then to the finish.
 
What’s your favorite beer (or other drink if you don’t drink beer)?
IPAs and in the fall/winter I like barrel-aged stouts.
 
**A note from Heather (“bonus miles”)**
Running is not easy to fit into my life, but is necessary for my sanity.
 
I am a wife to my loving and very supportive husband. I am a mom and homeschool teacher to my adventurous 8 year old boy. I work hard running my family business and with any chance I get, I do my best to support my fellow runners. With one foot always out the door, I juggle my almost perfect life…on very little sleep.

2017-11-07T15:47:06+00:00 November 7th, 2017|

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