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.