1. Describe what RUNNING is to you, in 5 words or less:
The healthiest high ever.
2. How did you get started running? What inspired you to run?
My parents are both distance runners and my mom was a track coach but I wasn't an athletic kid at all. When I was 24 I put on a few pounds due to a steady beer and burrito diet, and thought I should be responsible and join a gym. I didn't know how to use anything so I figured the treadmill was idiot-proof, and just started running a few miles a day. I did that for a while and then joined a running club on a whim and discovered I liked long distances. I'm not fast but I can go far.
3. Your favorite running moment?
Finishing the Two Oceans 56k last year. It was a total bucket list race for me and I had to battle an injury the first two months on training. I worked my ass off and had the most amazing day on this incredible course, running with people from all over the world. I came to the finish chute and saw that I was under six hours, which exceeded my wildest dreams in terms of my time. All these people who had no idea who I was, who lived halfway around the world from me, were cheering and screaming and this swelling, cheesy song came on my phone and I just started sobbing as I ran to the line.
Then I spent an hour wandering around trying to find the car and another hour standing around looking like a dirtbag waiting for the dude who drove me to finish. That was less fun.
4. What do you think you'd be like today if you did NOT run?
Less confident in my abilities to deal with problems, for sure. I'd probably still work out and be fit, but I wouldn't feel like I could overcome anything if I worked hard enough.
5. Why do you keep on running and running and running...?
People ask me this all the time. I just really like it. I love the
social aspect of running with friends and meeting new people and
bonding with them in intense ways sometimes. I've had really amazing
and deep conversations with people I meet on trails and then never see
again. I also like to push my limits and see what I'm capable of.
6. What is your favorite post run/race indulgence?
When I train in the winter, I like to come home from a long run, take
a bath, and then crawl in bed with my dog and my laptop and watch
Netflix in my cozy cave until I fall asleep.
7. Oddest, most unusual, weirdest running experience...
Aside from getting lost on trails every so often, nothing too crazy has happened. I have watched enough Law and Order to live in fear of stumbling upon a body whenever I run in the woods or along the water.