31, Physical Therapist at 901 Physical Therapy
Inspiration: I was treating some amazing runners who inspired me to try it myself. A little over a year ago, I started working with Can’t Stop Endurance and racing with more intention. When our clinic moved to Broad Ave., I met our neighbors at Victory Cycling and they inspired me to get on a bike!
Bragging Rights: My most recent races were Fort Pillow Trail race (4 miles) where I finished 8th Female and the Mike Cooley 10K where I was 6th in my age group.
Fav Fitness Accomplishment: I love the little victories. To me, it’s not about finishing on a podium but seeing your own improvements along the way and loving it in the process. I love the days where everything seems to click and the work you’ve done pays off. Maybe you win or maybe you just did your best. Either way, it is an accomplishment.
I <3 Running & Biking: It is a quiet moment of peace in my day where I can be outside and let everything else fall away. I can get so caught up in stress and worry, but when I am running or biking that seems to fade into the background.
Motivation: My fiancée Beth inspires me. I can get so bogged down in the day-to-day stress and worry, but she reminds me to take a deep breath, relax, and enjoy the ride.
Get-Away: My dad started taking me backpacking through the Pacific Northwest when I was 11. I would escape to the mountains any day.
Best Eats: Molly’s La Casita—half and half margarita and a T-man special.
Spirit Animal: I have always loved buffalo. I suppose they represent something wild and free to me. They are amazingly strong but vulnerable at the same time; it’s such a fascinating juxtaposition.
Quote: “In every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks”—John Muir
INTERVIEW BY HAILEY THOMAS. PHOTO BY TINDALL STEPHENS.