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

My very first race I ever participated in was a Turkey Trot in Stockton Ca way back in like 2007-ish???. I didn’t register to do it because I like running. I did for the cause, as it was a fundraiser to feed the hungry. Little did I know I would love the vibe so much. I reflected on that after the Pandemic started to wane and had to come to terms with the weight I put on. I remembered that feeling of energy during the Turkey Trot years prior and thought ” I should find a 5k near me and give it a try, I have to do something to trim down and keep it down”.

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

Hungry like a Wolf by Duran Duran. I know, I know but that song still slaps and has the perfect tempo. I love my 80’s jams.

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

My First Full marathon, which was here in Modesto 2023. I nearly cried when I finished because it was difficult but I pushed through so I was proud of myself. I didn’t think at 48 years old I could do it and live through it lol.

What is your dream race or location for a run?

I would like to experience the Boston Marathon. I think running in that iconic race would feel incredible.

What is your favorite trail to run?

Hmm…. I don’t have many trail races under my belt- yet, but I would have to say Lake Chabot. I went with Dave Stoutenburg and Steve O’Conner this April and we had a good time. I laughed my butt off once I surrendered to the muddy mess rather than fighting it and spent the time looking around and seeing just how beautiful this place was.

What’s your favorite race distance?

I think the half marathon distance is probably my favorite. It is long enough that it challenges me but not so long that the rest of my day is toast.

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

I did see a barefooted runner dressed as Elvis running a half marathon in San Jose.

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

I enjoy cooking but now that I am running so much I dont have that kind of time anymore so I ve been eating alot of cereal and PB and J’s. I also enjoy spending as much time as I can with my 4 year old granddaughter.

Who are your running heroes? Who inspires you?

My running heros ?? I have to say the whole running community in Modesto. From the Coaches and Mentors and those selfless folks that volunteer at the aid stations every Saturday morning. When Jerry Nance comes through with the bomb gummy bears and ruffles when we need it most, to me that is a hero.

Steve O’connor inspires me. His dedication and motivation is contagious. I am also super inspired by the older folks I see out there making it happen. When I see the 80 year olds crossing the finish lines, it impresses the heck out of me.

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

After my second half marathon. I realized, yeah I can do this. Hell yeah I can. This is not just a “One and Done” I just proved it to myself by doing two halfs on back to back weekends.

What are your goals?

I’m doing my second San Francisco Full Marathon in July. I’m hoping to beat my time by 20 minutes. But if I don’t, it’s whatever. I want to have fun too:)

I also want to go back to Chabot on a not rainy and muddy day.

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

Back in the day when I used to drink….I would love a tequila shot with a beer chaser. But now I can’t afford the hangovers. My go to these days is Don Francisco’s Hawaiian hazelnut coffee with Italian sweet cream. Hey I’m 50 now, I gotta baby my liver.