51, Deputy Director of Standardization for the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service Cotton & Tobacco Program, Co-Chair for Mid-South Canines for Veterans, Coach for Memphis Runners Track Club (MRTC) Women’s Run Walk Memphis Program, Coach for MRTC Kids Run Program
In February 2017, I competed in my first 50K distance race in Ft. Worth, TX. For me, the win was finishing. I never in my wildest dreams saw myself running that far!
My favorite event was the 2014 St. Jude Marathon. It was my first race at the marathon distance, and I finished it with my BFF Judith Glover. Yes, I did cry at the finish, and it was the best feeling ever!
I <3 Running
Running gave me a chance to get out there, be active, and make life-long friends, but my achievements are all mine. No one can finish the race for you. It’s all you, baby!
The youthful feeling I get from being active motivates me. I realize I’m not 29 anymore, but I am aging gracefully. That’s a good thing.
I am currently training for the Big Butts 50K in July. I had to take the challenge with a name like that. It will be tough with the heat and the trails, but I will give it my best shot.
I always run with my Spibelt (also known as a fanny pack). I can carry my phone, fuel, toilet paper, Aleve, or anything else I may need. A sassy girl needs what she needs on long runs!
I love going to the beach. The smell of the salty air and the sound of the waves are very relaxing.
My favorite hangout in Memphis is The Flying Saucer. I love the vast beer selection, and I typically pair it with a Cobb Salad or the Soft Pretzels with Queso. Really, it’s about the beer. I am working towards my first plate on the ceiling.
I love music. I have played the tuba since I was 13. I played with the Bartlett Community Concert Band for about five years.
A new pair of shoes. I love them!
It’s not a race, it’s a journey!
INTERVIEW BY HAILEY THOMAS. PHOTO BY TINDALL STEPHENS.