Where were you born and raised?
When did you begin running?
I think I started running as soon as I was able to walk, and I just never stopped. I remember running everywhere. Walking took too long, so I ran instead 😊 My first official “run” was when I was 14.
How did you get started running?
I joined the Cross Country team in High School. I remember my new coach asking the freshman who was going to run the full 2.85 miles of our course. I immediately raised my hand. He asked if I had ever run before, and I said no. I was so confused and baffled when he told me that 3 miles was really far and tried to convince me I might not finish. Really? He was a great coach, but that was not my mentality. Not only did I finish, but I ended the run in the top pack of runners. It was my coach’s turn to be baffled. Ha!
Favorite distance to run:
3 miles: I almost always feel amazing after running 3 miles, and it’s short enough to fit into a busy schedule.
Favorite meal before a race and after:
I always run my fastest races when I have a huge plate of whole wheat pasta and meat sauce the night before. And a ton of water.
After a race, I’m not usually interested in eating very much. The most appealing food at this time tends to be salad and liquids.
During a race, I like to grab a Clif Energy Chew. Whenever I start to feel tired during a race, the chews always give me the boost of energy I need for another couple miles.
Any 5K – I love the speed of running a 5k.
Favorite Track N Trail event:
Wednesday Night Track – I especially love when we do short sprints and combine them with a little bit of distance.
Favorite place to run:
Anywhere that I can run, hang out and socialize with other runners.
“She believed she could, so she did”
Favorite Song to Listen to while running:
I have never listened to music while running. To me, that defeats the purpose. Running is my meditation. I usually listen to the rhythm of my breath.
If you could run anywhere in the world where would it be?
The first time I ran on a trail in Sedona was magical. I loved being surrounded by the beauty as I ran and jumped over the rocks. Reminded me of being a kid.
Hiking, downhill skiing, slalom skiing, more hiking, and oh, I just bought a mountain bike. If it gets my body moving, I’m game.
Advice for new runners:
Run because you enjoy it, not because someone told you that you should.