Leadership Team Position: Treasurer
Run Tampa Member Since: June 2014
Runner Since: 2012
Q: What is your favorite race distance?
A: I have a love/hate relationship with long distance. I’m a distance runner at heart, but at times I need the thrill of a fast short-course race. 10k seems to be just long enough to enjoy the struggle while short enough for a quick recovery. I’ll always keep pursuing marathon, although I tend to enjoy the training and camaraderie that comes with it more so than race day.
Q: What is your favorite race that you have run?
A: Best Damn Race (Safety Harbor) – In Tampa, it’s hard to beat Gasparilla as the best races and experience around. With a full weekend of multi-distances races, great food and all of the running community in Tampa and beyond in attendance; it’s a can’t miss event. But there will always be a special place in my heart for BDR. I love the ‘small town’ location in Safety Harbor, running through the community and the post-race afterparty.
Q: What is your favorite piece of running apparel/running accessory?
A: I’m a data junkie. There’s no replacing my Garmin Watch (currently 920xt). If I didn’t track it, I didn’t run it.
Q: What is your most embarrassing running memory?
A: During my first week training with Coach Maria, I was scheduled for a 10 mile long run and jumped in with the Run Tampa 20 milers training for the SF Marathon. Long story short, I found myself 12 miles in and had the choice between going the distance (and facing the wrath of coach) or stopping on the side of road and calling for help. I opted for calling on the help of a Run Tampa friend to pick me up and bring me home (who showed up with water, bananas and a towel like a true running friend).
Q: What is your favorite recovery meal?
A: Anything greasy – most recently a Culver’s burger, fries and a shake.
Q: You know you’re a runner when _______.
A: You start seeing other runners passing by during your commute to work and have that pang of jealousy wishing that you were out there running too.
Q: What ice cream flavor represents your personality?
A: French vanilla with oreo sprinkles – plain enough to go with anything and cater to most people, but with enough flavor and toppings to make things interesting once you get into it.
Q: What would you name your fictional country that you are president of?
Q: What would you name your hot sauce?
Q: Would you rather be the fifth teenage mutant ninja turtle or the sixth member of *NSYNC?
A: I’d have to settle for NSYNC, if nothing else because I don’t think I’d be able to run as fast if I were a turtle. I’d probably be the not cool member of the group that plays keyboard in the back.
Q: If you were on American Idol, what song would you sing?
A: November Rain by Guns N’ Roses.
Q: What is your favorite Run Tampa memory?
A: Grandma’s marathon – this was my first Run Tampa destination race and ended up being the best training cycle I’ve ever had. With so many of us planning to run this race, I had an amazing experience training in the Florida heat with so many wonderful people. If you’ve never trained with Run Tampa, you’re missing a life experience. There’s no passing up 3:30am weekday runs, 20 miler training run parties and dozens of high-fives and cheers along the running trails. The race itself was brutal for all of us. Training through the heat, we were all looking forward to racing in the cool Minnesota weather. It must have been the massive Run Tampa team that invaded Duluth that weekend, because we ended up packing up the weather and taking it with us on race day. Many of us (I included) didn’t hit many of our goals that day. But being able to witness the teamwork, support, grit and determination that every single one of us had to finish that race was nothing short of awe inspiring. I will never forget the logistical masterpiece that David Yancey put together for all of us, the left side sunburns and the life-long friends that I spent an exhausting weekend with.