What got you out running/walking for the first time?
My ex, who was a smoker and was trying to quit. He took up running once he quit so he wouldn’t put on weight. I figured if he could do it, I surely could, since I never had smoked.
What’s a song that helps pick up your pace?
I never run with music – I like hearing my surroundings.
What is the race medal you are most proud of and why?
Not a medal, actually, but a print of a runner from the Coloradoan Run in Fort Collins, Colo. It was my first 5K and the first one I’d placed in my age group.
What is your dream race or location for a run?
The Big Island of Hawaii.
What is your favorite trail to run?
Shelby Farms in Memphis, Tenn. It’s a county park with 3,500 acres of trails that nobody hardly uses. Shady, tree-lined single track.
What’s your favorite race distance?
2 miles, but I’m getting into longer trail runs (long for me, that is). I thoroughly enjoyed pacing Gary Hayward the last 9-plus miles of AR 50. All of this year’s American River 50 was so motivational for me.
What’s the funniest thing that has happened to you or that you have seen on the trail?
When you’re with Dusty Bottoms, there are too many funny things to mention. And besides, what goes on on the trials, stays on the trails.
What do you enjoy doing when you aren’t running?
Cycling, hiking, cooking, sewing and reading.
Who are your running heroes? Who inspires you?
Joe LoBianco, who at 80-something, still runs and always has a smile and a joke. And Barbara Miller, who I want to be like when I grow up.
Describe the moment you realized you were a “runner”?
I ran middle distance in high school but hated it. It wasn’t until I was in my 20s that I really started to like running and considered myself a runner.
What are your goals?
Work into longer distance trail runs. By longer distance, for me that means over 15 miles.
What’s your favorite beer?
Tough, since I like a lot. But probably Sad Panda Coffee Stout from Horse & Dragon in Fort Collins, Colo. Really, there are no bad beers at Horse & Dragon.