The first time I ran more than two miles without stopping, I…
was on a treadmill at the gym. I squealed to just myself-I was pretty excited.

If I didn’t run, I would…
be a lot grumpier. I have 4 kids and I teach first grade, and running is the best stress relief.

Favorite Shoe:
Mizuno Wave Alchemy-I am a motion control girl.

What is your motivation?
I am addicted to the ‘finish line’ feeling. It is also motivating to know that others are supporting my efforts…my running friends are a lot of fun! I’m not built like a ‘typical’ runner and I’m definitely not fast but I am motivated by being fit. My daughter has also started running as a 7th grader. I am really proud of her-she is sort of like me. She is not going to be the fastest one on her XC team, so she looks for other ways to be motivated. Right now, she is happy about her improvement since the season started. We both like to eat, so we need to run! That’s motivation, too!

Hot or cold weather runner?
I love summer and hate winter. However, I would much prefer to run in the winter than in the summer. I have more time in the summer, though.

How often do you race?
Until I got hurt recently, I tried to race nearly every weekend. I really enjoy the local small town 5Ks.I have done 23 half marathons since I started running in 2008.

Favorite gel flavor?
Eeew…gels and my stomach don’t get along. On long runs, I cut up oatmeal raisin Cliff bars and nibble on them. I also like the red Shot Blocks.

Ever run a marathon?
I have done 4 marathons-Des Moines, Twin Cities, Fox Valley, and Grandma’s. Des Moines was my first and least favorite. The other 3 were a blast. I was hurt at Grandma’s and it was raining, but I still enjoyed the experience.

Care to run another (or a first one)?
If my hip ever gets better…yes, I’d like to do another one.

If I could run with anyone, it would be?
I always have fun running with my buddy Falon. “The Girls” (Tracy, Rhoni Jo, Julie, Stephany, Michelle) are always fun to hang out with! I have no ‘dream’ running partners.

Rather run alone, or with a partner?
During a race, I usually run alone. I’m pretty social, so if someone doesn’t mind walk/run intervals, I love running with a pal. I just hate to slow anyone down, so I’m content running alone, too.

Race you’d like to forget
I struggled big time during Grandma’s Marathon in June ’13, but I’m still glad I did it. I made a concentrated effort to pass the med drop off tents along the route and NOT stop. I did NOT drive 7 hours to quit. Limp, sure…walk the last 10-11 miles…ok. But I was not going to stop!

Favorite local race
This is like picking my favorite child. Mall-to-Mall is a good time. The New Bo is an awesome half. The Marion Arts races are great. Any CVRA event is going to be good!

Ever win your age group?
I have! Usually it is because I’m the only one in my age group, but hey…I’m the one that showed up, so a win is a win! I turned 50 last year, and this new age group has not been a bad thing for me!

Listen to music when running?
I have to have music on the treamill. I have only run a couple of half marathons with music, and I did Grandma’s with my iPod. I was happy to have music then-it distracted me.

Ever run in a costume?
I’ve dressed up for holiday races but no, I haven’t really run in a costume.

Best part of running
Being done!! Being done is the best! I also love my running friends. I’ve met some of the best people because of running. And of course, the post-race snacks are pretty boss, too….

What I do to support my running habit (occupation)?
I am a first grade teacher at Garfield Elementary School in Cedar Rapids. My non-running husband takes care of the kids to support my habit as well.