Susana Perez

What got you out running/walking for the first time?
I was 16 and I joined  a local running group in Hurlingham, Buenos Aires. They had 2 coaches, one for long runs and another for speed workouts. I always enjoyed the long runs but I learned that speed training was necessary, as well, even though I was always last!

What’s a song that helps pick up your pace?
This song changes all the time. Right know I use “Banderitas y Globos” by Sumo, a crazy Argentinian rock band. I also have used Hocus Pocus and Headlong by Queen.

What is the race medal you are most proud of and why?
My first 50K, Skyline to the Sea, 2016. It was a big dream come true. Running over an amazing trail, from Saratoga Gap to the coast of Santa Cruz, with these amazing people and feeling I was part of a Great Running Group (DB) had a great impact on me. I cannot explain with words that feeling—even with all the pain I felt, my happiness was stronger! It was my birthday month, I turned 47 years old, and Sukhy and I brought birthday cake and mimosas to celebrate our birthdays together.

What is your dream race or location for a run?
I don’t have only one dream race. I dream of going for a run over most trails in CA and any other place I could go! I get my running shoes ready wherever I go and hope to keep going for my entire life! To be in my 90’s and still going to some place for a run (or walking) 😜 About races, there are many on my list. Looking to run in the Northern CA area for now.

What is your favorite trail to run?
Redwood Regional Park in the Bay Area.

What’s your favorite race distance?
50K.

What’s the funniest thing that has happened to you or that you have seen on the trail?
My 1st Half Marathon was Midnight Modesto, 2011. I had my headlamp on and while on the course I could see something lying in the street, a panty!!! Exactly the same color as the panty I was wearing, it was just like mine!!! It made me laugh a lot!! I don’t remember what mile of the race it was, but it helped me keep going and have a lot of fun!

What do you enjoy doing when you aren’t running?
Time with my family and friends, enjoying little things, trips, discovering places with them, playing soccer or tennis, good movies, music and I love animals.

Who are your running heroes? Who inspires you?
The list is long: Sukhy, Christina, Stephanie, Lidia, Nile, Thomas Lopes, Linda McFadden, Jeff, Chad, Jamie, Barbara Elia, Barbara Miller, Leslie Antonis, Adrian Crane, Kaci Lickteig, Gary, Nancy, Jerome, Richard, Robert Root, Courtney Dauwalter, and many, many more. All of them show us that running is a celebration of life.

Describe the moment you realized you were a “runner”.
When I trained for my 1st Half Marathon, I noticed the meaning of training. If you work and focus on your goals, everything is possible.

What are your goals?
The main one is to at least complete a 50K race each year. And I think the most doable one this year (because of my family time) is Skyline 50K at Lake Chabot. I’m looking for some other possible 50Ks this year, too.

What’s your favorite beer (or other drink if you don’t drink beer)?
Usually I don’t drink, but on special occasions I do. Beer: Quilmes Cristal (Argentinian beer). If not beer, I like vermouth.

2018-07-03T16:04:20+00:00July 3rd, 2018|

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