Johnna Laughlin

What got you out running/walking for the first time?
Running has always been an escape for me. I would run as a kid when I needed to blow off steam. I stopped running for a long time. I started again when I needed to find myself. I’d gotten lost being a mom, daughter, sister, aunt, friend, scout leader, and teacher.

What’s a song that helps pick up your pace?
I’m a country girl at heart, but have a pretty eclectic playlist. I used to always have music playing when I ran. I ditched the music a few years ago and just like to listen to what’s going on around me.

What is the race medal you are most proud of and why?
There are actually two. One is the medal I earned the first time I ran Fourmidable in 2017. It was my first non-DB trail race and a new distance for me. The other is my medal from the 2018 Modesto Marathon. I never thought I’d run a marathon. I not only finished the marathon, but I did it within my time goal and honestly enjoyed the entire race.

What is your dream race or location for a run?
I did a race with my boys when we were in Hawaii and loved it. I’d love to do more running outside California. I think any race that takes me somewhere beautiful and different.

What is your favorite trail to run?
I love running on the trails at Foothill Horizons Outdoor School in Sonora. I’d pack my running clothes and spend my 40ish minute break running on the trails that I’d walk with my 6th grade students. I really like any trail that is shaded, in the woods, and not overly technical.

What’s your favorite race distance?
I really like running 10K. Any distance between that and 10 miles is good.

What’s the funniest thing that has happened to you or that you have seen on the trail?
Fourmidable 2017 was horribly wet and muddy. Runners were slipping all over the trails. People were sinking into the mud to their knees (and beyond). I saw people lying on their stomachs with their arms in the mud up to their shoulders trying to find shoes that had been pulled off. I also have the (well deserved) reputation for getting injured. One member in particular enjoys sending me off to run with the words, “Don’t fall down. Don’t get hurt.” His words have seemed to keep me in one piece. I leave to run with a smile on my face every time.

What do you enjoy doing when you aren’t running?
I love to read and go dancing. I also spend quite a bit of time camping and hiking.

Who are your running heroes? Who inspires you?
My two sons inspire me. They are both runners. Running is something we can do together. Well, we have it in common. We start at the same time, and they are waiting to cheer and/or run me in when I get to the finish. I owe a lot to John Swisegood. He encouraged me to start running again and convinced me to go to my first DB Thursday night run.

Describe the moment you realized you were a “runner”.
Two and a half years ago, in March just before the Modesto Marathon, my mom asked how far Teens Run Modesto had run that day. I answered, “Only three miles.” My immediate thought was that I said ONLY three miles. I never thought I’d say I’d run that far as if it was no big deal. I realized that I meant it, too.

What are your goals?
I’d like to get faster and build my endurance. I’d also like to do more trail races especially in the 10k-25k distances.

What’s your favorite beer?
My favorite beers are Belching Beaver’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Stout and Rogue’s Hazelnut Brown Nectar.

2018-09-05T17:43:44+00:00September 5th, 2018|

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