BIRTHPLACE: Ft. Bragg, NC
JOB: Bookkeeper, Self-Employed
FAMILY: Husband–Marc, daughters–Riley (19) and Ellie (13), and our dog–Mardi.
FIT CLUB: I run with a group from my parish, St. Louis Church, one day a week.
BRAGGING RIGHTS: Ran the M-Town Series; placed 2nd in my age group.
FAVORITE FITNESS ACCOMPLISHMENT: 3rd place in age-group finish in the 2014 St. Jude Half. I never thought I would place in a race that big and the cause, of course, is so inspiring.
“I feel stronger and healthier now than I did in my 20’s and I want to keep that feeling and be a good role model for my daughters.”
I ❤ RUNNING: I love the simplicity of running. All you really need is a good pair of running shoes. It doesn’t require fancy equipment and I don’t even have to drive anywhere to get it done.
CROSS-TRAIN: I do strength training five days a week with my Backyard Bootcamp group in addition to the runs I do on my own. It wasn’t until I incorporated strength training that I started to see significant improvement in my running.
MOTIVATION/INSPIRATION: Being 47 doesn’t feel nearly as old as I thought it would when I was younger. In fact, I feel stronger and healthier now than I did in my 20’s and I want to keep that feeling and be a good role model for my daughters. My boot camp instructor, Pamela John, is a huge inspiration, as are the friends I’ve made through boot camp and running.
IN TRAINING FOR: St. Jude Half Marathon in December.
WW MUST-HAVE’S: My Garmin watch.
OBSTACLE COURSE: I had a herniated disc in the spring of 2014, which required surgery to repair. It gave me tremendous empathy for anyone struggling through an injury—specifically back issues. My surgeon and physical therapist were so encouraging and really helped me get back to my usual activities as quickly as possible. It was six months later that I placed in the St. Jude Half.
BEST EATS: The Second Line—almost any po-boy on the menu.
WHAT IS SOMETHING NOT MANY PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT YOU: I’ve lived in 17 different places, including South Korea. I grew up as an army brat.
ON MY NIGHTSTAND: “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman. It’s sweet and sad, but also surprisingly funny. I love to read!
PET PEEVE: Cigarette butts being dropped anywhere. It’s litter.
FAVORITE QUOTE: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11
Interview by Hailey Thomas. Photo by Sarah McAlexander.