Runner & Paddleboarder, 54, 5th Grade Math teacher and Cross Country & Track Coach at Oak Elementary School

Bragging Rights

In 1997, I told my husband I wanted to run a marathon— just one. As of today, I have run 145! I’ve completed 106 marathons, 22 50Ks, eight 50-milers, six 100Ks, and three 100-milers. I’m most proud that I have stuck with running and have convinced many others to join me.   

I <3 Running

I enjoy the long runs. My most memorable are those with my children and friends. I love the encouragement that is given by my running community. We want each other to succeed and reach our goals.    


I love being able to go and do. I like feeling strong.   


I’ll be running my 11th Boston Marathon in April.  

Go-to Gear

I love my Garmin! I’m currently using Garmin 935 to keep track of my miles and pace.  

Favorite Getaway

My family loves the beach. Our favorite one is in Sandestin, Flo. There are many great places to run and bike. And, of course, there is delicious food.    

Best Eats 

After a long run, my favorite thing to eat is Mexican food like guacamole, bean burritos, and spinach enchiladas. One of my favorite places is Casa Mexicana.   

Sweet Tooth

I eat a little dark chocolate almost every day.  

Favorite Quote 

That’s the thing about running; your greatest runs are rarely measured by racing success. They are moments in time when running allows you to see how wonderful your life is.”—Kara Goucher

Interview by Hailey Thomas. Photo by Philip Murphy.