Weekend Warrior: Lisa Marie Hill, distance runner

52, Counselor for the State of Tennessee, Running Coach with the MRTC Women’s Walk/Run Group   

Married with three boys (18, 18, 15) and a rescue Lab 

 

Bragging Rights

I have competed in countless 5Ks, 10Ks, half marathons, marathons, and ultramarathons with numerous wins in various age groups. I ran the Boston Marathon in 2016, 2017, and 2018. I’ll be going back this Spring, and I also qualified for 2020.

Highlights

I like the Boston Marathon due to the level of competition and the prestige. It’s the same distance as any other marathon, but the Boston Marathon means so much more.

  I ❤ Running

Competing against myself is a constant challenge, and it takes a lot of self-discipline and motivation. This is what I enjoy the most about running. I only have my previous time to beat.

Motivation

My family history of diabetes and high blood pressure motivates me to stay fit.

Obstacle Course

I experienced two major injuries. The first was a partially torn Achilles (both ankles at the same time) right before the Phoenix Marathon in 2012. I went in a boot and air cast and ran a sub 4:30. I also experienced a knee injury that lasted 18 weeks before the 2018 St. Jude Marathon and missed qualifying for Boston by one minute. Six weeks later, I qualified for Boston 2020 at the Baton Rouge Marathon with a 14-minute cushion.  

Next Challenge

I’m running in Boston in April and the Detroit Free Press International Marathon in October this year. I’ll also participate in a few local races (MRTC Road Race Series).

Go-To Gear

I absolutely can’t run without my Garmin 235, but I forgot to take it to Boston in 2018. I ended up buying another one at the Expo. Without it, my run doesn’t exist.  

Favorite Get-Away

Rehoboth Beach in Delaware is my favorite place to travel. It was the very first place we took our twins when they were 15 months old. It has a nice climate and a family-friendly beach.

Best Eats

Southern Social is my favorite restaurant. I celebrated my recent birthday there and ordered roasted quail, mashed potatoes, and grilled asparagus. Their margaritas are delicious.

Motto

Find the positive in defeat, as well as victory.

INTERVIEW BY HAILEY THOMAS. PHOTO BY PHILIP MURPHY.

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