The first time I ran more than two miles without stopping, I…
thought I was going to pass out 🙂 The 2010 Mall to Mall was my 1st ever race of any kind…i know, i started big, right? Although I couldn’t run the entire thing and didn’t have a great finishing time, it was enough to get me hooked and give me the confidence that running is a possibility for me and can actually be fun! The rest of last summer was spent doing 5K’s with my sister Angie at every chance we could. We didn’t always finish in great time…but our motto was – “we finished”.

If I didn’t run, I would…
be struggling to find some cardio workout that i liked to keep weight off/down.

Favorite Shoe:
The one and only pair of real running shoes I got last year from Running Wild 🙂 Never knew what a difference the right shoes can make (or more so – how bad it is to have the WRONG shoes).

What is your motivation?
My motivation is really still just the amazement that I’m actually doing 5Ks and other running events. Never would have imagined I would be “a runner”.

Hot or cold weather runner?
Definitely a warm weather runner! I tried running once in the winter months and quickly learned that was not for me 🙂

How often do you race?
I took the winter off, but now am looking for this years Mall to Mall to be my annual start for running over the spring/summer/fall. I typically only run once or twice a week but hoping to increase that a little more this year.

Favorite gel flavor?
None

Ever run a marathon?
No – i can not yet imagine myself taking on that kind of commitment.

Care to run another (or a first one)?
I have learned with even running 5Ks to “never say never” so who knows if someday I will get up the courage (and stamina) to tackle a marathon.

If I could run with anyone, it would be?
Anyone that keeps a good conversation to take my mind off breathing and the exhaustion setting in.

Rather run alone, or with a partner?
Alone mostly so I can set my own pace

Race you’d like to forget
CRFD Fun 5K last year. It was extremely hot/muggy and I remember struggling to even run at a snails pace

Favorite local race
Run The Flood last year. It was raining and was a really interesting atmosphere for me being new to running.

Ever win your age group?
Once last year! (shock) It was the Indian Summer run late last year. Got 3rd in my age group to my surprise! (i think the cold weather scared all the runners away that day…but hey – i didnt tell anyone that part when showing off my medal)

Listen to music when running?
Yes, definitely. Have to have my IPOD on full blast to keep me moving and not thinking about how many miles are remaining, etc.

Ever run in a costume?
No

Best part of running
The personal satisfaction of turning the corner and seeing that finish line with all the people there cheering you on. Nothing like it.

What I do to support my running habit (occupation)?
I am an IT Compliance Project Manager for Verizon in Cedar Rapids.