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.