Running wasn’t my first sport. I played volleyball, basketball, jumped over some hurdles, and spent a lot of time horseback riding as a kid.I got started running in my 20s as a way to efficiently get some exercise. Because I’ve always liked competitive sports, I started running 5ks and 10ks. I had a young child, and this fit nicely into my lifestyle. As she got older, I ran further, starting marathoning in my 30s. Eventually I hired my first coach who helped me get my times down in the 2:40s qualifying me for the Olympic Marathon trials. I finally got the ultra running bug when I turned 42, and it has set up permanent residence. Over the past 3 decades I have qualified and run in the marathon trials 4 times, have completed Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run 12 times, 10 of those being in the top 10, and all under 24 hours. I have also represented the USA in the World 100k Championships for 9 consecutive teams, placing in the top 3 for our team 8 times. Presently, I am still training and racing competitively.
I have a beautiful daughter, Ruby, 2 donkeys, Charley and Rescue, 3 goats, Annie, Frodo, and Ellie, and 8 chickens – Kimberly, Laura, Stephanie, Jennifer, Aurora, Maddie, Sally, and Sara. When I’m not running or thinking about running or sleeping from running or talking about running, I am coaching, hanging out with my running tribe, practicing flute, or putts-ing about on my little hobby farm.