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!