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

I “ran” the Kaiser SF 5k in 2007 with a bunch of friends. Then the running bug really bit about 2015, that’s  when shoe choices and running clothes became important. Now I’ve been running the race Half Marathon distance for the past few years.

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

Paranoid by Black Sabbath,  it’s 3 minutes long and when I first began running it was my goal to run the entire song.

These days I just enjoy the peace and quiet, rarely listen to music.

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

CIM 2018 Marathon. The training was regular and structured, I put in many miles running but never able to get the long 20 mi done, during the race when I got to mile 18 it was the farthest I ever ran, amazingly my legs felt good. I was hoping to finish under 6 hrs and my official time 5:59:56 .  

What is your dream race or location for a run?

Running anywhere near the cool and breezy ocean like SF or Maui that always dreamy.  I’m looking forward to running Big Sur Marathon 2020, hoping it’s not going to be a dream crusher.

What is your favorite trail to run?

I’m new to trails, but during this recent training for Skyline 50k and running at Chabot almost weekly I’ve come to appreciate the many terrains, you know single track and shade are my favorite. 

What’s your favorite race distance?

I really enjoy the Half Marathon distance and my ability to complete in a comfortable amount of time.

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

I was running a few loops by myself one early morning almost to the really rocky area near the middle of my 2nd loop, when I suddenly felt the call of nature, looking around not a soul to be seen I had a “code brown” between a rock and a tree. Brushy Peak knocked the crap out of me that day.

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

Spending time with my family, especially my one and only granddaughter. I’ve strongly encouraged her to run a few 5k’s with me. 

Who are your running heroes?

Any runner who makes time to coach and encourage others to enrich their lives by making healthy choices of staying active and running to the best of their ability. And that’s so many members of this amazing group.

Who inspires you?

All my running friends who take time to wake up super early and go run, the dedication and sleep deprivation is inspiring, I’ve appreciated the consistency from my fellow 50k first-timers, that’s inspiration. 

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

This seriously is ongoing, I’ve been referred to as the “runner” from the other parents in my granddaughters’ class for the past few years. My Orthopedist recognizes me as a runner in my medical record, I guess I have the worn-out knee that also says“ you are a runner”.

What are your goals?

The goal is always the same, complete the next run/race feeling good. Continue being consistent with my running/training schedule. Staying healthy!

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

I’m really loving the 21st Amendment Watermelon beer, just recently was introduced to this refreshing beverage. But, I usually stick to nice strong Cabernet wine.