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

I found that I had a few things in my life I needed to run from, Ha!
And looking for something healthy and positive to do after my kids graduated.

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

The song I blasted in my car when I first started training” I love the Way You Lie Eminem/Rihanna

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

I have to pick my first Modesto Marathon Medal. Even though it was a run, walk and if I have to crawl kind of a run for me. The emotional and mental healing I over-came from the training and crossing the finish line really set me free from past pain and unhealthy image of myself.

Days before my first marathon I thought about not even showing up, quitting. The week prior I was sick with the flu/fever. The comments I received from people who doubted I could do a marathon swarmed my mind. Pain from the past, all the do’s and don’ts advice now overwhelmed me to the point that I almost didn’t show up to the expo. I had so much fear of failing… thankfully I had a ​kairos moment​ (kairos- ​defining moment-that changes you) ​that still touches me today.

I ran into, pun intended… lol… ok, so I ran into Shane and Jaynee Jones at the expo- and told them how I was feeling of not doing it or lowering my miles… blah blah blah, blah blah, blah, blah… 🙂 They both listened and then encouraged me. Shane with excitement, positive energy and had belief I could do it, sharing his running journey. Jaynee asked me how I’d feel the day after the marathon? She said, think of all the time you spent training, she lead me right to where my thoughts needed to go. It was hard. Early mornings in the rain, long hot miles that make you feel like stripping and jumping into the canals to cool off, times when you’d run anywhere just to find a bathroom, days I missed because I didn’t think I was good enough, misery that turns into laughter with people you don’t recognize dressed in their normal daily wear. Swearing like a sailor – what the f***, I paid to do this. Crying like a baby and acting like a toddler, until you see the oasis of a snack bar, GO Jerry!, it all looks so gourmet, I meant, aide station. Honestly, can you believe the volunteers! Total Rock-stars in my book!

This was “​the moment​ “that completely boosted my spirits and braved me to stick with my plan like I had all training season. Just show up Heidi, don’t think, just do. One minute, one mile one step at a time. Overcome the BS. Treat yourself like you treat your children.

After crossing the finish line and receiving the medal, I felt Redeemed.

What is your dream race or location for a run?

Dipsea, Skyline 50, Maui 1⁄2, Monterey, Big Sur, CIM Full

What is your favorite trail to run?

Currently – Auburn K-2

What’s your favorite race distance?

Currently- 13.1

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

Has to be, in the bushes moments:

When coach J said “What happens on the trail stays on the trail”, as he climbs out of the bushes.

My pee bonding moment in the bushes with L J. That sure felt good, oh yes it did! As we walked out from behind the bushes. Awkward.

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

Family time with my amazing adult babies- , hiking, finding new areas to explore, concerts, museums, wine tasting, the after the run social time with all of cool running peeps. Adventures with JG.

Who are your running heroes?

Shane and Jaynee Jones- AND Jerry.

Who inspires you?

Look around you, thats who! YOU! Watching everyone- show up, train and strive reaching their individual goals. A running club really has a place for everyone. So awesome. Incredible stories, everyone has their hard and everyone has a moment of feeling accomplished “badass moment.” Showing up to a race and seeing people twice my age kick my ass! Even though for a “brief moment” it can feel a little defeating that I’m not running as fast-it’s still so inspiring! I laugh at my thoughts. Seriously, Bob walked right past me while I was running. LOL! The last person to cross the finish line.

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

When I heard about the Chabot trail run on a Thursday, signed up on Friday ran it on a Sunday. And when I said “only” Claus and back… sweet!

What are your goals?

I​t would be pretty awesome to become an Ultra runner.

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

Shock Top or Blue Moon with an abundance of orange slices