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

There were many reasons I started running. I always dreamed of being a runner. In Junior or high school, I was never able to finish a mile. But in 2016 I was struggling with the loss of my sister to breast cancer, the ending of my 13-year marriage, raising my three young children, and finding myself at 220 pounds. I needed to get healthy and show my children I was a strong mom. I took all the pain, all of that uncertainty and put it in to my dream of being healthier and a runner. I lost about 80 lbs. and completed my first half marathon (Modesto Marathon) in 2018. I feel happier and healthier. I also hope my sister in heaven is proud of me. My running is dedicated to her always!

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

I don’t listen to music when running. I usually run with friends and we have great conversations. When I run alone, I do a lot of self-talk and planning. It is also a great time for prayer and just getting in touch with nature.

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

My medal from Steep Ravine which was my first full marathon. I also placed third in my age group! (only because no one else finished).

What is your dream race or location for a run?

My dream race is with no doubt Western States. Every time I am running in Auburn and know that I am running on that trail I get the chills and just allow myself to dream.

What is your favorite trail to run?

I don’t really have a favorite trail; they are all so different and unique. Each one of them will give you what you need for the type of training that you are looking for. Every last trail I run becomes my favorite trail until I run a new one.

What’s your favorite race distance?

My favorite distance would be 26.2 miles. That was my goal and dream distance. It allowed me to get tested and feel accomplished when finished.

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

This February Ling Leong and I were doing a 12-hour run (Ling’s idea). We started before sunrise (Lake Chabot). We encountered a skunk sleeping in the middle of a single-track trail. I didn’t want to go around it or even get close. Clearly, I don’t know anything about skunks, only that I shouldn’t get close or get them angry! Let’s say that it started moving after we got closer, we ran the other way and ended up taking a 3-mile detour.

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

When I am not running, I love taking my children to trails I have run on. I also enjoy cycling and reading. I enjoy cooking for my children and just being a Mom.

Who are your running heroes? Who inspires you?

Everyone out there running is my running hero! I have learned from so many and have been inspired by everyone I have run with. Our running community has so many running legends! I am just fortunate to be around them.

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

For me it is very hard to see myself as a runner, I have not had that realization. I guess I am still my hardest critic.

What are your goals?

My running goal for this year or near future is to complete a 100 miler. I will have some opportunities soon.

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

I don’t drink beer; I have never had one. I do enjoy having a black soda at the end of a race.