56, Running Coach with Can’t Stop Endurance and Volunteer Life Skills Teacher at Munford High School.
Long Haul: I started running competitively 28 years ago. My first competitive race was the Elvis Presley 5K in 1992.
Weekend Warrior Moment: My most memorable running event was the 2019 St. Jude Marathon. It was my first marathon in 20 years and I reached my goal of qualifying for the Boston Marathon with 17 minutes to spare.
Virtual Running: I have participated in five virtual 5Ks since our races were canceled due to COVID-19.
I <3 Running: I love setting goals and putting in the work to achieve them. I’m motivated by my running tribe and the Memphis running community, particularly the faster ladies who help me get faster.
Motivation: I never want to say “I used to be fit.” I’m motivated by the thought that one day I might be forced to stop running. I’m thankful for every day that I am well and physically able to run. I run because I can.
Inspiration: I’m inspired by the runners that I coach. We just completed the first Can’t Stop Endurance Tipton County Training Group, and these runners inspired me with their hard work, determination, and focus.
Best Eats: I enjoy Buckley’s Lunchbox. Their Cheeseburger salad is delicious.
Favorite Curbside Beverage: Chick-fil-A 1/2 sweet-unsweetened tea with lemon and light ice. The Millington location knows me well.
Deserted Island Reads: Daring Greatly by Brené Brown, Atomic Habits by James Clear, and Start with Why by Simon Sinek.
Mantra: Since 2019, my mantra has been, “Don’t let great be the enemy of good.” I am a perfectionist and am trying to re-wire my brain to believe that good can sometimes be good enough.
INTERVIEW BY HAILEY THOMAS. PHOTO BY TINDALL STEPHENS.