BIRTHPLACE: Paragould, Arkansas
JOB: Director of Life Center Ministries at Lindenwood Christian Church
SPORT: Running and biking
FAMILY: 3 grown children, 7 grandchildren, and 6 chickens
FIT CLUB: Memphis Runners Club, Memphis Hightailers, Half Fanatics, and Marathon Maniacs
I JUST RAN: The Navy Ten Nautical Miler
MOST MEMORABLE WW EVENTS: St. Jude Marathon, MS 150 bike ride, and being the Race Director of the Lindenwood Community 5K.
I ❤ RUNNING: The feeling of going long distances under my own power and being outside in nature.
INSPIRATION: Races, friends, medals, and that awesome feeling of being fit.
PRE-RACE RITUALS: Pre-pack everything the night before and get to the event an hour early and sleep in my car till start time.
IN TRAINING FOR: MS 150 bike ride
WW MUST-HAVE’S: Hoka Cliftons and Garmin 310 XT, but my new favorite gadget is the Terrano X bike intercom system.
OBSTACLE COURSE: Two years ago I broke my arm on the bike a week before the MS 150 that we had been training for all summer.
“My inspiration for running…races, friends, medals, and that awesome feeling of being fit.”
POWER PLAYLIST: Listen mostly to Christian music for inspiration.
BUCKET LIST: The Marine Corps Marathon and Disney Marathon
BEST EATS: Tellini’s for spaghetti before every race.
WHAT FAMOUS PERSON, LIVING OR DECEASED, WOULD YOU LIKE AS A DINNER COMPANION: Steve “Pre” Prefontaine
PET PEEVE: People on the Memphis Greenline who wander all over the path.
INDULGENCE: IHop waffles and chocolate milk after a race.
MOTTO: I love long runs because they test me in ways that I cannot normally be tested. Each run is a test of my will and my character. Can I stay the course? Can I overcome the pain? Can I overcome the doubt? Will I finish the race? These questions are the same questions that I ask about in my life. With each race, I discover new things about myself.
Interview by Hailey Thomas. Photo by Sarah McAlexander.