What are your favorite shoes, socks, and nutrition for running?
I rotate through multiple pairs of shoes, but my go-to shoe is the Nike Zoom Vomero (on my 3rd pair now). I mostly run in Ballega's but like CEP for compression. I recently started using Sword hydration products and my go-to energy source on long runs is Clif Bar Gel Bloks.
What has been your most interesting race experience (give details)?
During the Fleet Feet Monte Sano 15k in 2015, the fog was so dense that there was this white blanket over the entire mountain. I was running by myself and started hearing what I thought were banjos in the distance. The sounds got louder and then all of a sudden the fog cleared enough for me to see the Dueling Banjos (band) who promptly asked me "Whatcha running from?". It made me laugh and gave me a burst of adrenaline. I PRed that year.
What is your proudest running moment?
There are two specific moments that come to mind immediately. The first one is when I completed my first marathon in 2011. The second one occurred this year when I completed the Huntsville Track Club Grand Slam despite some rough moments along the way.
What is your favorite quote, and why?
Recent events have led to a quote I like even more. Completing three 50ks and one marathon in a three month span made my new favorite quote become: "A little crazy is still crazy."
From a very early age up until I finished college, I was a competitive swimmer. I swam for the Huntsville Swim Association (HSA) under Brooke Pate who taught me many things about dedication and work ethic.
Swimming for Bob Jones, I was a two time state champion which helped me to be a walk-on to the University of Minnesota's Men's Swimming and Diving Team. Also while in high school, I tried out cross country my sophomore year and found that I enjoyed running. I wouldn't get back into running until later.
After graduating, I worked in Minnesota for about a year before moving back to Huntsville. Once back down in Alabama, I tried a little bit of running and even reconnected with Brooke to swim at a Master's level for HSA. After too many ear issues from swimming for over 20 years, I decided to cut back on swimming and focus on other activities.
I ran my first marathon in 2011 in Columbus, Ohio. I took a few years off and start getting back into running again in 2013. Since then, I have steadily increased my training and my abilities which leads me to present times.