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Erica W.

Tell us a little about yourself (kids, married, job)?
I live in coastal Connecticut with my husband and daughter close to lots of other family. I work in education as a teacher and program leader for a large English language adult education program in New Haven.

When and why did you start running?
I started running in the woods with my father when I was 10 years old and basically haven’t stopped. I’ve always loved running, but wasn’t into competing. There were a few races I did every year, but mostly it was just for fun and good health. I was surpised that I could run farther and feel better in my mid 40s than I did when I was younger and decided to start training for longer distances to challenge myself.

What keeps you motivated to train?
I love the adventure of exploring new and familiar trails and distances. I’ve become a fan of the sport of trail and ultrarunning and enjoy continuing to learn and work toward a goal. Running is a gift, and I feel grateful to be able to do it

What are your hobbies outside of running?
Reading, photography, walking, spending time with my family and going to Orange Theory.

What is your favorite race?
Hard to choose. Probably the Bimbler’s Bash 10k trail race and the New Haven Road Race 20k held every Labor Day.

What is your bucket list event?
I’d love to run a trail race in Moab or Rim to Rim to Rim.

What is your proudest race moment?
Finishing my first 50K.

What is the one thing you wish you knew when you first started running?
I wish I knew how fun it is to train for a specific distance or event.

What is your best piece of advice for new runners?
The best thing I’ve learned is knowing the purpose for each run ,which includes not always running at the same pace.

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