Weekend Warrior: Clara Easley ~ runner

AGE: 51

BIRTHPLACE: Greenwood, Mississippi

OCCUPATION: Registered Nurse, Methodist South ER

FAMILY: 5 children (one deceased): 2 boys & 2 girls, 14 grandchildren, a great grandchild, and a dog name Peanut

FIT CLUB: Black Girls Run and Grown Women Swim

WW BRAGGING RIGHTS: REVEL Canyon City Half Marathon in Azusa, Calif. was my last race. I have done 38 half marathons and three full marathons.

FAVORITE FITNESS ACCOMPLISHMENT: I started my running journey in 2013 and completed my first full marathon in 2014 at the St. Jude Marathon in Memphis.

I RUNNING: I love the support and the camaraderie of the running world.

FITNESS MOTIVATION: Before starting my fitness journey in 2011, I weighed 263.5 pounds and now I’m at 214. I push daily to reach my ultimate goal of 185 pounds.

PRE-RACE RITUALS: My pre-race ritual for any race is prayer.

TRAINING FOR: Running the half marathon as a St. Jude hero.

WW GEAR: I run in Brooks and wear a Garmin 220 watch.

OBSTACLE COURSE: Every time I complete a race without injury is a blessing because I suffer from degenerative spinal stenosis and was told by my doctors not to run.

BUCKET LIST: This year I saw the Sequoia Trees in California and learned to swim. The next on my list is to be a travel nurse. I want to go on an international mission trip. I’d also like to run half marathons in all 50 states and have done 26 so far.

BEST EATS: Olive Garden—I always order the calamari.

IF YOU COULD HAVE DINNER WITH ANYONE FAMOUS WHO WOULD YOU CHOOSE: Whoopi Goldberg because she seems down to earth and has a way of delivering her opinion cut, straight, and matter of fact.

ON MY NIGHTSTAND: “Jump: Take the leap of faith to achieve your life of abundance” by Steve Harvey

BINGEWATCH: “The Haves and the Have Nots”

INDULGENCE: Buying workout clothes

MANTRA: You are responsible for the consequences of your actions

Interview by Hailey Thomas. Photo by Philip Murphy.

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