Spartan Racer & Runner, 46, Investigative Assistant for the Federal Government
I am a member of the Running Republic. My most recent WW events were the St. Jude Half Marathon, Spartan Stadium Sprint (Arlington, TX), and Spartan Super (Lanier Islands, GA).
My first marathon, April 2013 in Nashville, was my most memorable. There was heavy rain, wind, and endless hills. Not to mention, my stress fracture wasn’t fully healed. I remember hearing a runner tell his buddy, “Hey man we’re halfway there.” I looked up and we had just passed the mile 6 marker. They were running the half marathon! At that moment I realized it was going to be a wet, long, and humbling experience.
What I love most about running is that it gives you a reason to get out of the house and explore the city, parks, and trails every day. Running gives you a chance to clear your mind of the daily stressors.
Every morning when I wake, I think of the many people who are not able to walk, run, or exercise for various reasons. With that in mind, I have a constant spark to stay active.
I would love to have a go at the Spartan Beast race this year.
I live every day to the fullest and embrace simply being healthy and alive with my loved ones near.
My favorite local restaurant is Folk’s Folly. I usually order the petite filet mignon, baked potato, and iced tea.
I have an inability to say no to pizza—especially Chicago deep dish. Sadly, apple pies are not safe around me either.
My personal motto is Psalm 118:6 “The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”
INTERVIEW BY HAILEY THOMAS. PHOTO BY PHILIP MURPHY.