Tell us a little about yourself (kids, married, job)? I’m 48, single, no kids (except fur baby). I’m a cost analyst in telecom and technology industry
When and why did you start running? I started running consistently in 2018 after a very stressful period in my life where regular workouts were not burning the energy. I have since felt much better.
What keeps you motivated to train? I constantly challenge myself to do a little more. This year, my running/training partner chose the challenge. I like the feeling of completing the training and moving towards my goals
What are your hobbies outside of running? I’m also a jeep enthusiast and avid off-roader.
What is your favorite race? My favorite short race is the Oktoberfest 5k. My favorite to date was Conquer the Castle 20 mile in the fall with the leaves changing.
What is your bucket list event? I would like to do a vacation race in the National Parks
What is the funniest thing to happen to you during a race? During a virtual trail half marathon, my training partner and I were at a deep creek crossing, we used a stick to cross. She tossed it back at me, I wasn’t paying attention and it hit me in the knee. It hurt, but no injury. She is forever known as Tonya Harding to me
What is your proudest race moment? Running Conquer the Castle. I felt unprepared, nervous, tight and had to run 5 hours alone. I learned to just enjoy the run. I made friends along the way and finished in my anticipated time.
What is the one thing you wish you knew when you first started running? Get training on the physical mechanics as I have muscle atrophy from an old achilles injury and it has affected my gait.
What is your best piece of advice for new runners? Just enjoy the run. It’s more about mental health than physical.