Weekend Warrior: Tichina Hearn

Runner, 50, Healthcare Sales Professional and Certified Personal Trainer

1

I am a member of MRTC (Memphis Runner Track Club) and Black Girls Run. I really enjoy training with Breakaway Running Group every year in preparation for the St. Jude Marathon weekend.

2

I ran two marathons, a half marathon, a 200-mile relay, and several local races. I just completed the Youth Villages 10Miler this past April for the second year in a row. I placed 4th in my age group like in 2017.

3

I love cross training with weights, spin classes at the YMCA Downtown and Crosstown, Bikram Yoga, and Pilates. 

4

My favorite fitness accomplishment has to be my very first marathon. It was the Chicago Marathon 2013. I followed my training program and had the best run ever. The weather was perfect, and I enjoyed every mile. I finished in 4:28:42 and was full of energy and excitement afterward. It was a PR for me, but most importantly, I was healthy and had so much fun.

5

My most memorable race was the Ragnar Relay Tennessee. It involved a group of 12 ladies completing a 200-mile relay. I was the first person and was so excited. At that time, I had never slept in a sleeping bag before, so I got a lot of new memories to cherish. I also bonded with a group of ladies that I will forever run with.

6

Running has always been a form of therapy for me. The physical benefit is a bonus. The running community in Memphis is very diverse, and I love meeting new people.  

7

I love the seabass at Tsunami in Midtown. It has been perfect for the past 20 years. I enjoy it with a Martini, straight up with extra olives. 

8

“We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated.”

—Maya Angelou

INTERVIEW BY HAILEY THOMAS. PHOTO BY PHILIP MURPHY

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