Q: Tell me a little bit about yourself. (Where you’re from, what you’re doing now…etc)

A: I’m from Rapid City. 3 generations. I’m an ER nurse at the Fort Meade VA. I’m married and have a daughter. I love to rock climb and fly fish. Actually, I’ve never done either, but I have gear for both, and when I finally get around to it, I’m sure I’ll really love them.

 

Q: How long have you been running and how did you get started?

A. I’ve run off and on all my life, as you can see by my sleek physique. I have used running as a fitness tool forever, but I’ve never really liked it.

 

Q: Would you rather run with a group or alone?

A: I’m too slow to run with others usually. But, I have a crew who understands my lack of “need for speed”.

 

Q: Do you prefer roads or trails?

A: TRAILS ONLY.

 

Q: What is your favorite distance or race?

A: I did 3 half marathons this year, and managed pretty well. For now, I’ll go with 13ish miles.

 

Q: How do you stay motivated when you don’t want to run?

A: That’s one of the reasons I love the Trail series.

 

Q: If I didn’t run I’d ………..

A: Lose my mind and miss my friends!!!

 

Q: What do you find to be the most rewarding thing about running?

A: Truly, becoming a member of the BHRC and doing the Trail Series has been so rewarding and gratifying for me.

 

Q: What is your favorite running memory?

A: While running around a reflecting pool in DC one spring, I watched a guy back into the pool while attempting to get his family and the cherry blossoms in his camera frame.

 

Q: Do you have a pre-race ritual?

A: I love to walk around and find out what kind of beer everyone brought for the after-race.

 

Q: What are your running goals for the future?

A: Now that I’ve done a half in Bryce Canyon, I feel like I could handle bigger mileage. So, maybe a 30K next???

 

Q: Who inspires you most?

A: Oh, man, so many people… but, my Brother Clay-11 years younger than me- has become a great big inspiration for me in our adult lives. He has learned so well to balance play, work and family.

 

Q: What advice do you have for new runners?

A: If you choose cheap running skirts, invest in Body Glide.

But, seriously, use running to your own end. Run to suit your lifestyle. Then it becomes your reward.