1.Describe what RUNNING is to you, in 5 words or less:
Free and alive
2. How did you get started running? What inspired you to run?
I started running when I was 13. The new gym teacher asked who wanted to run around the track during gym class. I was the only one who raised their hand. I ended up running more and more each time.
I joined track and ended up winning my first race, the 400 meters. I threw up immediately afterwards. I learned then that eggs and running don't mix.
3. Your favorite running moment?
Winning Hinson Lake 24 our in 2012. It was my first 24 hour race, I had no idea what I was getting into...little did I know it was a party for 24 hours, lots of pain, great people, so much fun. First woman and third overall was the icing on the cake...oh and they had cupcakes too!
4. What do you think you'd be like today if you did NOT run?
Maybe a yogi or a long-distance swimmer. But I don't like putting my face in the water.
5. Why do you keep on running and running and running...?
It is what makes me me...it is the time at my life when I feel most free and live. I am happiest when I'm running.
I solve problems, process life, enjoy nature, see interesting things, and clear my mind.
6. What is your favorite post run/race indulgence?
I like a salad because I'm often sick of so much sugar after a race. But a salad followed by a blizzard at Dairy Queen.
7. Oddest, most unusual, weirdest running experience...
Just one???? (Besides the Burning Man 50K Ultramarathon -- I am the race director, fifth year this year).
I guess the hallucinations. I have seen crazy things, like giant rotary dial telephones coming out of catci in the desert, and aliens and dead bodies and batteries and tents and people running and burnt-out cars and all sorts of crazy things. Why would you take drugs when you can run really far and see really crazy things?!
-Cherie www.worldofcherie.blogspot.com & @cherylkathleen