When did your running career start? October 2011 at the inaugural North County Wine Run in Battle Ground, WA
Did you have a goal set in place, like to lose weight or get more physical? The summer of 2011 was spent training for and playing in beach volleybal tournaments. The season ended successfully and I needed a new challenge to stay in shape through the fall and winter. I found it at the credit union as an advertisement for the North County Wine Run. Even though I didn't really like running and it had been 5 years since my last run, I signed up. I invited a few girlfriends to join me and we ran. It was long and difficult but so worth every step. I finished, recovered, and signed up for the half-marathon. I've been hooked ever since.
Have you had a bad experience(s) running? If so, what brought you back? I've had several bad experiences with running. But I use those failures as a launching pad for the next race/run/experience. I find I'm driven by setbacks. I see them as a new starting point for the next run and eventually next race.
What is your favorite thing(s) to eat before a race? Coffee and dark chocolate. If it's a race that takes me longer than 90 minutes, I love toast with jam or oatmeal with honey.
Do you follow a running plan? For my first marathon, I used Hal Higdon. Since then, I've combined Nike Training Plans and Hal Higdon.
Which race have you a great/fun time at and why? The inaugural Nike Women's Half Marathon in Washington D.C. I met up with three friends for four days of sightseeing and running. The race was perfect and so was the weather, but the bond and friendships we develped were the best part of the trip.
What motivates you? Goals! I'm goal oriented and running provides opportunities to meet goals then immediately set a new one.
Where is your favorite destination run, or the one you want to go to? I had a blast at the Chicago Marathon but I've always wanted to do a run at the Grand Canyon.
What is your favorite quote? Not a quote, but a short poem that reflects what running does for me:
"The Peace of Wild Things" by Wendell Berry
When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.