Age and Hometown: 40, Grand Rapids
Current Resident of: Traverse City
Years Running: My running started later in 2007 when I was 28.
Why do you run: I run to stay active, set a healthy example for my kids, and because it keeps my muscles and joints limber.
Running Accomplishments: I’ve come in 1st in the TCTC Summer Series. I’ve run everything from a 5k to a full marathon.
Favorite Race(s): My favorite race is now the Cherry Festival half marathon.
Favorite Running Race Distance: I’m a huge fan of the 10k.
Favorite Pre-race meal: Shakes are my go-to meal, I’ve tried other things, but the shake digests so quickly.
Any Goals for 2019: My goal in 2019 is to do a few more 5-10ks, I’m also registered to run the North Mitten half marathon in May. Then in September I’m marrying my best friend whom I got to know through running with the TCTC.
Favorite Running Quote: “If you can’t fly, run. If you can’t run, walk. If you can’t walk, crawl. But by all means keep moving.” MLKJ
Best running advice given to me: Run the race for you. Eat the food that works for you. Run your own pace. Do what works for YOU. Because in the end, this is your run.
Dumbest running moment: Tripped and fell in front of all the TCTC as we were just starting a fun run.
What other interests do you have outside of running? I like hiking, camping, kayaking, exercise, time with my kids, and FOOD!
How do you feel about and how do you plan to represent the Traverse City Track Club as a Race Team member? I love being a race team member! I enjoy volunteering, seeing everyone at the races and fun runs, and I always encourage others to get out there and just run!