Denise Gold

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DeeName:  Denise Gold

Where were you born and raised?   Born in Cleveland OH, but raised in Munster IN

When did you begin running?   I started running when I was 11 and ran in Jr high and high school.   Ran again for a couple of years in my 20s and then started again about 2 ½ years ago.

How did you get started running?    My brother, who was in 8thgrade at the time, convinced me to run a 4 mile road race when I was in 5thgrade that started at the elementary school a half block from our house. I asked my mom for money to enter and she thought I was joking, but gave me the money.  I came home with a first place trophy for my age division.  I was the only one in my division.  I finished 2ndto last overall, but I never walked.   The next week, I convinced a friend to start running with me.

Favorite distance to run:  ½ marathon.  It’s challenging, but the training isn’t as intensive as a full!

Favorite race:   so far, SoCal Ragnar.   It’s the only Ragnar race I’ve done and it was exhausting, but so much fun.

Favorite Track N Trail event:     4thof July run at Freestone.   Although I missed it this year because of a work trip!

Favorite place to run:  on vacation…   it’s a great way to see the sights of other locations.   And to get some “Denise-time” while away from home!

Favorite Quote:  lately, it’s been “This too shall pass” and “Every storm runs out of rain.”     Kind of tells you that I have teenagers at home!!

Favorite Song to Listen to while running:    I don’t often listen to music when I run, But when I do, it’s my daughter’s playlist, so there’s a lot of 5 Seconds of Summer, Panic at the Disco, Twenty One Pilots…

If you could run anywhere in the world where would it be?   There’s a marathon in Jerusalem that is on my bucket list.

Other Hobbies:  karate, kayaking, chauffeuring my children around.

Advice for new runners:  Don’t compare yourself to others.  Keep showing up and giving it your best and know that some days will be better than others.  Don’t let a bad run bring you down!