What got you out running/walking for the first time?
My niece, Christina Day, who really wasn’t necessarily athletically inclined and I was not runner. So, we started with the Couch to 5K app. Then she discovered the ShadowChase Running Club and eventually Dusty Bottoms and as they say the rest is history. AND what a surprise…’cause here it is 4 years later and after joining Dusty Bottom, I even tried the Beer Mile (much improvement required on that run) and recently ran the AR25 which was an amazing adventure!
What’s a song that helps pick up your pace?
Girl on Fire and WonderWoman, but sometimes playing the music from movies inspire me to run forever… (The Last of Mohicans, as an example)
What is the race medal you are most proud of and why?
Today, it has to be the Redding Marathon 2019 medal. Why? I PR’d, but more than that I was running with my friends and even when I was running alone, it felt like I could run forever.
What is your dream race or location for a run?
Oh Boy! What a tough one to answer. Of course the norm response would be the Boston Marathon for obvious reasons, but I would love to run in Africa along the Nile and/or the Pyramids, on the Great Wall of China or maybe a Ragnor race at least once. Actually anywhere with my friend, Laura Nance, would be just perfect!
What is your favorite trail to run?
A little too soon to have a favorite; BUT maybe the awesome runners of Dusty Bottoms can help me answer this one in the future.
What’s your favorite race distance?
The distance in front of me or something equal to or greater than a marathon!
What’s the funniest thing that has happened to you or that you have seen on the trail?
Well, imagine 3 very brilliant people running Turner’s Tuff 10 … and these seasoned runners (Tommy, Laura and I) not only missing the arrows pointing to the right, but missing the solid line on the left which was an indicator “Not this Way” …… nothing more is required to answer this question.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not running?
Being with my family and traveling on the roads less traveled. I love adventure and challenges. I also love to read, read, read… and watch SciFi! I can’t imagine not working with my church and its people.
Who are your running heroes?
To be honest my heroes are those who expand their horizons, especially those who join a running club and strive to be different than they are today…..those who expand their vision of life and strive to live abundantly…who understand the value of meeting and growing with new people, new friends!
Who inspires you?
Those who embrace life and challenge themselves, as well as who I am, what I am, and what I believe about myself….help me grow to be a better person, a better runner. Another often unspoken inspiration for me is those who know when and how to say NO when it is needed.
Describe the moment you realized you were a “runner”.
Hmmm, the moment I reach about 4ish miles into a run and feel like I can run forever and even when there seems to be nothing left at the end I push to the finish. But running the Redding Marathon this year was a significant game changer for me.
What are your goals?.
Run till I drop! But I would like to run a Marathon in another country, run with the Masai people (actually did this in a small way on a Birding trip in Africa even before I started running), and I am pondering what it would be like to qualify and run the Boston Marathon or maybe one of those crazy trail runs Dusty Bottom does, like………..(okay, maybe I will try the Beer Mile again this year. LOL)
What’s your favorite beer (or other drink if you don’t drink beer)?
Yes, I drink other than beer (I do LOVE my champaign), BUT I do love dark beers, particularly stout.