I was a good runner in my early teens. I’ll never forget running a 7:07 minute mile in 8th grade. I did intramural track where I loved hurdles, long jumping, and high jumping. Then we moved away and puberty hit at the same time. I tried in 9th grade at my new school, but was awkward and knew no one so didn’t have a good support system and gave it up.
Throughout the next forty years (wow, has it been that long?), I tried running off and on. It was more like a jog with some walking. I had a two mile loop from my house that I forced myself to do occasionally. I think I only ran without walking maybe twice in several years.
But now, I can say that “I run.” I average about 35 miles a week and some of those are always trail miles. I also golf, play volleyball, play softball, hike, figure skate, and ski. All of these I picked up after the age of 30, with the exception of skiing.
I volunteer all over the place. I’m on the Board of Directors for our running club, Mesquitos on the Run. I’m also on the Board of Directors for Friends of Gold Butte. I do the website and marketing for Mesquite Geezer Softball. I do the website, help with Track and Field, and run the Long Drive Competition for the Mesquite Senior Games where I am now president of the board of directors.
When I’m not playing or volunteering, I’m trying to discipline myself to work. I have my own business, Advanced Marketing Collateral, where I write marketing material for high tech and software companies.
I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis in 2016. It’s been a frustrating journey just trying to get healthy and find my energy again. But I won’t stop trying!
On my bucket list is to run in some of the most beautiful places on earth including the Mont Blanc, the Rockies, Machu Pichu, and the Annapurna Trail in Nepal.
I hope you enjoy reading and are inspired to challenge what you think are your own limits!