What is something most people don’t know, or would be surprised to learn, about you?
Besides racing, I am a full time Behavior Analyst Psychologist working with Autistic Children. My husband is a techno music producer and DJ’s in the US and in Europe. I am an only child and grew up in Michigan!
What is an accomplishment that makes you proud?
Completing a Sub 4 hour marathon in each state in the United States in 2015. I was the 16th women to do so . Very cool.
What motivates/inspires you?
Helping others reach THEIR running goals makes me feel more motivated and Happier!!! If I can assist one of my friends to get a new PR or to help them find the right fueling for a marathon, then I am more motivated and concrete in my own path!
A few other things are pine trees, cold snowy runs, having a horribly tough workout the next day and pushing through it, meeting new people and building relationships.
What is your personal mantra?
I have a few:
What person has most shaped your life, why?
My coach, Jake Gillette. He runs daily, has a family- wife, full time job, 2 little children, yet races a marathon at least 2 to 3 times a MONTH and wins most of them. He is a sub 2:40 marathoner. He trains outside for most of his longs runs in northern Indiana. He is such a great support with me, my goals, and everyday pep talks. Inspires me . Greatly.
Where are the best places to follow you online?
What is your favorite Amrita Bar?
I love the Mango Coconut.
What is your day job?
I’m a Behavioral Psychologist.
What is your location?
Are you plant-based, why or why not?
Yes, vegan for 3 years and vegetarian for 11 years. I cannot fathom any other way for myself. I love animals also so that is PART of the reason I do not eat them. I feel and know that my energy comes from the earth and Natures own plants. My energy is sustained and maxed by eating pure products, non commercial and local as much as I can – I love cooking too…
What sport do you compete in?
For 2016 The New England Grand Prix racing and the All Terrain Series- 7 marathons also
How did you get started in your sport?
I started track in High school and ran my first marathon in 2002.
Why did you continue with your sport?
I love the energy I get from running, the freedom of mind and the goals I pursue and strive for. I enjoy meeting new people, we are all connected through motion and in running – racing.
What is your favorite workout, why?
I love hard track workouts, marathon pace (6:40) mile repeats on the track, with a 1 min rest in between of 14. I warm up and cool down with 2 miles.
What affect has Amrita had on your training?
Thus far the plant based bars are easy in my stomach and nice to my taste buds. They are easily portable, keep my energy level stable, and my hunger is satisfied for several hours! I love Amrita Bars After a hard track workout
What is your favorite race, why?
The San Francisco Marathon – The area, the ocean, the hills and the bridge. Period.
What is your pre-race / warm-up routine?
The same meals pre and post race always. I try to arrive to the race a day before and get a good’s night rest!! I get up to eat breakfast 3 hours before racing.
What gets you most excited to compete?
To strive for a new PR – A new Mountain to climb – A new race to finish
To see if my race planning, nutrition plan and training program have worked together, culminating to meet my goal.
What gives you an advantage over your competition?
108 marathons completed
A steadfast mind and a predetermined game plan.
A known and proven nutrition fueling plan for during the race.
What are some resources you use for information on training, diet, etc?
I have a wonderful coach and an on-line plant based nutrition coach as well.
Vegrunchat on twitter
Running Times magazine
Ultra runner Podcast
What are your goals for 2016?
Again, I have a number of goals: (Listed in no particular order)
To run a 300 Marathon
To have all of my marathon states
be boston qualified times- I have 5 states
to redo ‘ this year
To race in the ATR Series in New England and to race with my team Central Mass Striders women team.
What are the most important races you have scheduled for 2016?
Ocean City, NJ 26.2
Eugene OR and Bay Shore MI 26.2
Mt Washington Road Race
Loon Mountain championship
VT Mad City 26.2
Advice to others:
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given – and would be eager to pass along to others?
Stay true to yourself and to your goals.
Everyday is a new day, try and try again.
Routine and more routine will make you stronger.
What tip(s) do you have for new athletes?
Try to get a run in daily, whatever time works best for you!
Allow yourself rest days!
Find a group of like-minded friends and run with them. It doesn’t have to be daily, but at least once a week!