Would you rather run with a group or
alone? Both! My running buddies push me to run faster, wake up at ungodly
hours, and get me out the door even through winter’s worst weather. But running is also the best way for me
to clear my head and manage stress.
Sometimes a solo run in the woods can be the most peaceful part of my
Do you prefer roads or trails? I most often choose trails over
roads. I love the fresh air and
serenity of cruising some single track.
Plus my pup, Bandit, can run free in the woods rather than yank me
around on a leash! You’re likely
to catch him prancing around, barking, and chewing sticks and rocks. He’s obsessed. On the flip side, I also enjoy the
freedom of running from my front door, or exploring a new city by foot.
What is your favorite distance or race? I am like the tortoise. Sprinting will never be my specialty,
so I like to push myself to run further. My favorite races so far are the
50-mile in the Black Hills 100 series and the Steamboat Stinger Trail Marathon.
What are your goals for the future? I’ve really enjoyed the ultra scene
and would like to try a destination race.
There are some amazing places to explore; my biggest goal is to gain the
courage to get out there!
Do you have a pre-race ritual? Avoid eating hummus.
What do you love most about running? What
do you like least? I love how many inspiring people
I’ve met from running, how I can clear my head from life’s silly complications,
and how I’ve been able to push myself to the limit, then take a step further. What do I like least? The trots. The trots are terrible. Injuries are also the worst.
Who inspires you most? I am inspired most by the women I
run with. They are all so strong,
fast, and beautiful; kicking a$$ while raising kids. I don’t know how they do
it all! Thanks for making time to
run with me :)
Do you have any favorite races that you have run?The Black Hills 100 series is my
favorite race series in our backyard.
The section of the Centennial Trail between Dalton Lake and Elk Creek
Trailhead is some of the best single track in the Hills! I also really enjoyed the trail
marathon I tried last summer in Steamboat Springs, Colorado and would like to
go back. The series includes a 25
or 50-mile mountain bike race the day before the run (half or full
marathon). A great race for
couples who love to ride and run!
What advice do you have for new runners? Getting out the door can be the
hardest part, but you’ll never regret it when you do! Some days feel great and others suck, but they all make you
stronger and are better than nothing.
Have patience and be persistent, but mostly make sure you’re still
having fun! That’s what it should
be all about.