TTR #18: Having Fun with Running

I live in a little house with a big yard in Manhattan Beach with my husband Mike, human child Nate, and the fur kids, Dexter (sweet old chocolate Lab) and Hawkeye (crazy orange tabby cat). Nate is 18 and attending El Camino College. My dad was in the Navy when I was little, so we moved around quite a bit, but I mostly grew up in the Washington, DC area, and then went to college in Vermont. After college, a friend and I drove across the country to live in LA, pretty much on a whim. I’ve now lived here over 30 years!

I work as an operations supervisor for a large printing company in Torrance. I do financial forecasting, budgeting, and analysis, hiring and firing, fun stuff like that! Which is very weird because I majored in art & literature in college. Go figure.

I am a homebody. I like napping, reading, and watching cat videos. I also like cooking and eating. I’m vegan (not an angry vegan, a nice vegan LOL). My family loves baseball, and we have a goal to visit all 30 major league ballparks together, a few each year. We’ll get to 23 this year. It’s been great, since we’ve ended up visiting lots of cities we’d never have seen otherwise.

Having Fun with Running

When and why did you start running?
I started running in high school, mostly in an effort to get my dad off my back – he was a participant of the first running boom of the 70’s, running many marathons all over the world, and he thought I should be running, too. I ended up making good friends, and just like now, running became my social circle. After running off-and-on at various points in my life, I started running more distance, and did my first marathon in 2011 (the infamous LA Monsoonathon).

What’s the running accomplishment of which you are proudest?
I’ve had so many highs and lows in my running career – those of you who know me well or who have raced with me might have seen me cry on more than one occasion. I guess I’m most proud of the times I suffered and kept going – including running the Ragnar So Cal Trail on an ultra team and gutting out my first 50K in very ugly fashion after spraining my ankle badly at mile 9. Accomplishments come in many forms!

What are your current running goals?
For the past few years, I’ve been more focused on the experience than the performance/result. Maybe a baby tri in 2020, and maybe a 50 miler. Not sure. Just staying healthy enough to enjoy the ride.

Favorite race?
Today, I guess the Catalina Marathon, which I just did this spring. It was so cool running all the way from one end of the island to the other. It was gorgeous. I love the trails, and often my favorite is the most recent beautiful trail I’ve been on.

Favorite post-race indulgence?

Love me a good re-fueling burrito, or maybe some pizza.

Favorite thing about SBRC? 

You guys! You inspire me, impress me, support me. I feel so very fortunate to have met such a great group of people and made so many friends.

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