37, Operations Supervisor at Raymond James
Family: Husband (Scott) and 3 rescue shepherds (Bodie, Kassidy & Holly)
Bragging Rights: I did a few virtual races in 2020, but I created different challenges for myself. I did a running streak that lasted 131 days, and I ran a half marathon with two friends who were running Virtual St. Jude races; we weren’t trying to place, but we had a great time creating our own courses and seeing the other runners (and the people cheering) that day.
Proudest Moments: I finished the 2012 St. Jude Marathon in under 4 hours. However, getting back into running in 2020 felt like a huge accomplishment. I ran about 1,400 miles (ran <500 in 2019 and only about 300 in 2018). In the last few months of 2020, I ran a 10K PR (45:34) and a 21:57 5K (getting close to PR). Those feel like big accomplishments since I ran them alone without anyone else to push me.
I <3 Running: I love that I feel like a kid again when I run and that my Garmin says my fitness age is 20 because of my running!
Gear Must-Haves: My Garmin Forerunner 935 and in the winter months GLOVES!
Speed Bumps: My back has a scoliotic curve, so along with back pain I have some other recurring injuries. My right hip and left knee tend to give me trouble when I put in too many miles and do not stretch or rest enough. I also have bunions which get worse after I do long runs and can be pretty painful.
Best Eats: Maximo’s on Broad. I get the ceviche, soup of the day, Brussels Dilemma (usually with bacon), and wine
On My Nightstand? I’ve read so many books this year, a favorite being “Untamed” by Glennon Doyle.
Indulgence: I eat chocolate pretty much every day. I also love good wine and IPAs.
Fave Quote: This is on my desk: “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.”—Martin Luther King, Jr.
Interview by Laurenne Hom
Photo by Tindall Stephens