What got you out running/walking for the first time?
I started running on my own in 2011 to lose weight and train for the Camp Pendleton Mud Run 10k that I was going to run with Jerry’s daughter-in-law. I needed to keep a goal out in front of me, so I joined the ShadowChase Training Team in the fall of 2012 and ran my first marathon in March of 2013.
What’s a song that helps pick up your pace?
I only run with music at races anymore (and not all the time), but Ike & Tina Turner busting out “Proud Mary,” especially when the tempo picks up, is one of my favorites to get my legs pumping across the finish line!
What is the race medal you are most proud of and why?
I think my most recent one from the Redding Marathon (at the moment, anyway) is one I’m most proud of right now. I trained really hard, both in running and cross-training, and it paid off with a 13-minute marathon PR for me on a not so easy course. My awesome partner-in-crime this year, Shelia Mae, made the miles so much more bearable, too!
What is your dream race or location for a run?
Hmmmm…..I’m happy to run most anywhere that’s new and has some scenery to entertain me while I run. If I had to pick, I’d say the Rome Marathon would be one on my bucket list…..who wouldn’t want to run in Italy?!?
What is your favorite trail to run?
I’m still new to the trail running game, but I enjoyed running in Cool along part of the Way Too Cool trail. I also enjoyed (and cursed!!) Mt. Tamalpais. It was quite beautiful, but definitely a tough course for a girl that’s used to the Virginia Corridor and East La Loma Park!!
What’s your favorite race distance?
I like a half marathon. It’s something that I can be ready for fairly quickly now; the training doesn’t take a ton of time, and I feel accomplished when I’ve crossed the finish line.
What’s the funniest thing that has happened to you or that you have seen on the trail?
I was running the 30k at Mt. Tam in November. I got to the aid station at mile 10 and two guys came running up as well. The volunteers saw their bibs and said, “Did you two already finish the half and are just out for extra miles?” They said, “No.” They had gotten on the wrong color course (my biggest fear when trail running!!) and missed the turn for the half. Volunteer says to them, “Well, we’d suggest you continue on so you have support. Just know your half marathon time is going to suck, but your 30k time will be awesome!!” They finished up……all 18+ miles of their “half marathon” that day!
What do you enjoy doing when you aren’t running?
As some of you know because you’ve indulged in the treats, I love baking! I also enjoy reading, hanging out with Jerry and Duffy (our crazy, lovable dog), going to Giants games during baseball season, and catching up on sleep during the school year (that doesn’t happen too often!).
Who are your running heroes? Who inspires you?
Running heroes, well…..people who aren’t celebrities, but have celeb status in my book…..all those brave enough to tackle 50Ks, 50 milers, 100Ks, and the elusive “hundo.” It’s just unfathomable to me (at this point) how one’s body can do that! Maybe one day, but not quite yet!
I’m inspired every time any group (SC training team, Moves, DB) gathers to run and people are just happy to be out and enjoying the moment and the movement. I love seeing people hit new milestones and celebrate, and I am happy to be there to support them through the not-so-great miles.
Describe the moment you realized you were a “runner”.
I would say I thought of myself as a “runner” when I started completing distances in my first marathon training program far beyond what I had ever done before. I worked up to 8 miles by myself, but when I saw the distances on the training calendar, I kept thinking, “how am I ever going to run ___ miles??” But I did it, and crossed the finish line in March.
What are your goals?
Right now my goals are to stay injury-free, be better about stretching and taking care of my body between runs, and continue working cross-training which has made a huge improvement in my overall running. I’d also be pretty happy to continue to see my own personal records keep falling!
What’s your favorite beer (or other drink if you don’t drink beer)?
Beer……I’m a light, wheat beer kind of girl – no IPA’s for me, which means more for the rest of you!! I enjoy an ice cold Taco Truck or Half Dome, especially after a run!