Where are you from? I was born in Traverse City, Michigan and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina.
How long have you lived in the area? I’ve been in Chapel Hill for 23 years.
What are three words your friends would use to describe you? Organized, Perseveres, Willing [to try]
Why do you run? I run for my health: physical, mental and social. I believe that health is a balancing act of these areas. Running helps me clear my head. I often talk aloud to myself while running - practicing a conversation, problem-solving or just thinking things through. I feel liberated while running.
Why did you decide to join the Station Pub Run? The Station Pub Run is a great public health initiative! It brings people together doing an activity to improve their individual health, while promoting social networks. I love that the Station Pub Run gets us out and running in rain, humidity, snow and dark of night.
What is your favorite thing about the Station Pub Run? The friendly people. The routine. The route.
Describe the most recent (appropriate J) photo you took with your phone: Pretty holiday decorations over the city streets for members of the public to enjoy.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received, and who gave it to you? My father used to tell me: everything in moderation. I love this because it means you don’t have to say “no” to things, like dessert. You can enjoy, in moderation. I also like this advice because excess can ruin a good thing.
If you could have any talent or skill in the entire world, without needing to practice and money was no limitation, what would it be? I would like to be able to apparate. Apparition is a wizarding skill from the Harry Potter series that allows you to instantly move from one location to another, anywhere in the world.
Tell us something about yourself that not many people know: I like to clean out the house - to simplify. When I come home after a trip, I get rid of knick-knacks and clutter.
What is something you have done recently, or are about to do, that you are proud of? I recently ran my first marathon with goal of qualifying for the Boston Marathon. While I was training, a good friend told me that I could not quality for Boston with my first marathon… that I had no idea what I was getting myself into…that I had no idea how hard it was to run a marathon at all, let alone try to quality for Boston. I’m proud to say that I did quality for Boston in that first marathon. I’m most proud that I don’t let others get inside my head or disrupt my own ideas about what I can achieve.
Please share your favorite quote or slogan: #BeYou