62; Associate Professor at University of Tennessee Health Science Center 

INSPIRATION TO BE FIT: I want the ability to live and maintain a healthy and independent lifestyle. Being physically fit is the foundation of acquiring that ability. 

MY GROUP: I’m a member of the Memphis Running and Track Club (MRTC). I also train with the BPC Triathlon Training Group. 

MOST MEMORABLE FITNESS EVENT: I ran my first marathon, the Paris Marathon, on my birthday with my son cheering me all the way. 

I LOVE MY SPORTS: I love the process of consistent training. The training helped me learn a lot about myself, hydration, nutrition, and my body’s limit, and it’s an opportunity to challenge and improve myself, which I always enjoy. 

GO-TO GEAR: Running shoes and Garmin Watch 

RECENT RACES: MRCT Members Only Race Experience 5K (age group 1st place), MRCT 2nd 5-miler (age group 1st place), and Dragon Fly Sprint Triathlon (age group 3rd place). 

FAV FITNESS ACCOMPLISHMENT: I completed my first half IRONMAN Memphis 70.3, in 2021. 

BEST EATS: Sakura Japanese Restaurant – the mango roll is always my go-to order. 

DREAM DINNER COMPANY: Jeff Preston Bezos for his creativity and interesting personality. 

ON MY NIGHTSTAND: “Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones” by James Clear. I found his framework of 1% better every day inspiring. 

SPEED BUMPS: I had struggled with arthritis back pain for years, and weight lifting and running have strengthened my back muscles. As a result, I’ve been pain-free for a few years. 

BUCKET LIST: I want to hike the Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB), which goes through France, Italy, and Switzerland over the course of 11 stages, approximately 170 kilometers long. 

QUOTE: “Don’t wish it was easier, wish you were better.” –Jim Rohn

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