What is your favorite product at Fleet Feet, and why?
I love Oofos sandals. They are the best gift you could give your feet after a long run.
What is the hardest race you have ever run, and why OR what has been your toughest challenge in running, and why?
My biggest challenge is listening to my body and taking rest/cross-training days as needed because you want to meet your mileage goals for the week; You don't want to accept the fact that you may have a developing injury, and cross-training isn't as enjoyable as running.
What is your proudest running moment?
There are so many external factors in a race that are out of your control that I'm proud just to know I put my whole heart into a race. If I had to specifically pick some proud moments I'd say running my first marathon, even though it was slower than I wanted, and qualifying for Boston. I had this guy approach me after my last half marathon and tell me I paced him to a new PR. It was rewarding to know that while achieving my own goals I could help someone else achieve theirs.
What is your favorite quote, and why?
"A ten-mile run takes far longer than the 60 minutes reported by the grandfather clock. Such time, in fact, hardly exists at all in the real world; it is all out on the trail somewhere, and you only go back to it when you are out there." -John L. Parker In the book, "Once a runner," John L. Parker
I grew up in Wisconsin and began running in 4th grade with my dad. My goal back then was to run a good time in the 1 mile run in gym class; later, my goal became to run a marathon by the time I graduated high school. I attended UW-Madison where I studied engineering and French as well as participated on the university rowing team. After graduating, I followed my passion for space exploration to Huntsville where I rediscovered running. My inspiration to take up running again came through astronaut Sunita Williams. "210 miles above Earth, Expedition 15 crew member Sunita Williams attempted something no other astronaut has ever done. She ran the Boston Marathon while in orbit" (NASA.gov). The need to run is sometimes synonymous with the need to explore, and even on Earth, taking to foot, can be one of the best ways to learn about a new city.