RLRS: Tell us a little bit about yourself (kids, married, job)?
LB: I have two teenagers, and I work as an insurance adjuster for The Hartford.
RLRS: When and why did you start running?
LB: I started running a couple years after my divorce and after a break up. I needed a healthy activity to do while I healed, and I went back to what I enjoyed doing as a kid.
RLRS: What keeps you motivated to train?
LB: My goals. It is one area where I’ve had some success, so it keeps me motivated to try something new and bigger.
RLRS: What are your hobbies outside of running?
LB: I enjoy photography, painting, hiking, swimming, biking, crocheting, and reading.
RLRS: What is your favorite race?
LB: That’s a really hard one. I really enjoyed doing the Rangar Trail Ultra with my friends. It was a special time.
RLRS: What is your bucket list event?
LB: An Ironman.
RLRS: What is the funniest thing to happen to you during a race?
LB: I left my race number in my car a mile from the start and had to sprint
to my car to get it and sprint back, missing the start by a couple minutes. Not really funny at the time and I was exhausted to start.
RLRS: What is your proudest race moment?
LB: Finishing my first 100 miler with Faith. <3
RLRS: What is the one thing you wish you knew when you first started running?
LB: Don’t wear random sneakers from Payless from 3 years ago. I got knee issues and I seriously didn’t understand why.
RLRS: What is your best piece of advice for new runners?
LB: Don’t give up. The pain of being new is temporary. If you have to run-walk from one tree to one tree or one telephone pole to one telephone pole there is no shame in that. It is how it works. Don’t expect to go out and run several miles without stopping and think that it is going to work out if you have no history of running. There is no reason to discourage yourself so early. It is a long but beautiful road. Also, don’t be scared of a little pain. Blisters, shin splints, falls. Those are normal and while they seem scary at first because you are not used to so much discomfort, you’ll be fine. It is part of the sport.