Runner, 50, Healthcare Sales Professional and Certified Personal Trainer
I am a member of MRTC (Memphis Runner Track Club) and Black Girls Run. I really enjoy training with Breakaway Running Group every year in preparation for the St. Jude Marathon weekend.
I ran two marathons, a half marathon, a 200-mile relay, and several local races. I just completed the Youth Villages 10Miler this past April for the second year in a row. I placed 4th in my age group like in 2017.
I love cross training with weights, spin classes at the YMCA Downtown and Crosstown, Bikram Yoga, and Pilates.
My favorite fitness accomplishment has to be my very first marathon. It was the Chicago Marathon 2013. I followed my training program and had the best run ever. The weather was perfect, and I enjoyed every mile. I finished in 4:28:42 and was full of energy and excitement afterward. It was a PR for me, but most importantly, I was healthy and had so much fun.
My most memorable race was the Ragnar Relay Tennessee. It involved a group of 12 ladies completing a 200-mile relay. I was the first person and was so excited. At that time, I had never slept in a sleeping bag before, so I got a lot of new memories to cherish. I also bonded with a group of ladies that I will forever run with.
Running has always been a form of therapy for me. The physical benefit is a bonus. The running community in Memphis is very diverse, and I love meeting new people.
I love the seabass at Tsunami in Midtown. It has been perfect for the past 20 years. I enjoy it with a Martini, straight up with extra olives.
“We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated.”
INTERVIEW BY HAILEY THOMAS. PHOTO BY PHILIP MURPHY