Started running in 1989, after a highly successful collegiate ski racing career at Stanford University. Needed to keep my legs busy, my asthma at bay, and recover from surgery on my left knee. Ran non-competitively for about a dozen years and ski raced competitively again from 1998-2001. Had reconstructive surgery on my right knee in spring of 2001 and was told that I shouldn't run again, SO I spontaneously ran the Seattle Marathon in 2001. Continued running 30+ miles a week until 2008 when I started keeping track of my times and decided to run a second race, the Super Jock N' Jill 4.5 mile run -- I finished strong and was addicted. Since then, I've run 104 races (5ks, 8ks, & 12ks) -- I've won 28 of them outright, placed in the top three overall 39 times, in the top ten overall 71 times, and in the top three in my age group 96 times (taking first 64 times). I formed a racing team, "No Brain, No Pain", in 2012, and we've won 17 of the 18 races we've entered (taking 2nd in race #18)!
My family and I ran the Love Earth 5k on Bora Bora! It was a gorgeous, tropical morning in the mid-80's (which slowed everyone a bit) and we ran on both the lagoon-side and the ocean-side of the motu that the Intercontinental Thalasso is on. I'll bet it was the first 5k ever run on Bora Bora which makes it all the more unique! ☀️🌴😎
Was a bit windy and misting the entire time (welcome to Seattle) and I ran the timed 3.14 after I'd already run the course for another upcoming 5k and a bit extra (ran about 7.5 miles total -- practicing for my fifth Bloomsday Second Seed as well 😊).