Q: How long have you been trail running?
I ran my first 50k in 1998 (Chuckanut I believe), I’m scared to do the math on that……a long time I’m old!
Q: What is your fondest trail racing memory?
Hmmm my darkest moment in the 100 miler, I had 26 miles to go and I was at the top of the Cathedrals, and I wanted to quit and drop out I felt so low and weak. One of the volunteers started packing up because he wanted to get down in time to see me finish and he was crying with joy at my accomplishment of making the night. He saw my success before I did, and honestly, that is the best gift I have ever received in all my years running the moment I defeated that voice in my head that said quit. I view that moment as the day I got my ultra wings. I did make it down, and I hugged him at the end for his faith and support. Volunteers are so important in races I always treasure them in my successes!
Q: How you train and prepare for your races?
I am far less competitive now, honestly, I just try to keep my training up and give everything I have on that race day. I really like to eat chips and talk a lot unfortunately. I have been with PACE for 4 years, and really love the accountability, work ethic, quality coaching and of course the fun. We laugh and joke all the time and I am so inspired by everyone I want to run each week, and Pacers are the best to be around running or not they are friends. I will be coming out for as long as you offer it and my legs allow!
Q: What do you do to get yourself out of a funk or if you are having a tough go during you races?
I know what my strengths are as a racer so I go there and try to draw on that. Experience is also very helpful you can go back to what had worked in the past. I always know what my coach (you) would say so I try to do it. I also allow myself 1 min of full on pity when I get hit with a setback and get it out, then I move on to the solution and stick to my goal. I think about the gift of being able to run, and the effort of the volunteers so I never stay down long. And when I really suck, I laugh and try to make the best of it especially if it is bad marking, weather or terrain that really has nothing to do with me. If it is a really long race and I know the lows are going to be tough and constant, I usually have to draw on my emotions with my kids. That can make me do anything, they are my strength. I also take comfort knowing my husband is waiting for me at the finish, so better get moving!
Q: What are you most looking forward to about the race in Revesltoke this weekend?
I have never raced trails in Revelstoke, only road. I know it is going to be wicked! I can’t wait it will be a completely new experience which I love! There are a lot of friends going, so it will be like a running party! Nothing better than talking about a good race over coffee!