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1. Have you always been a runner?
No. I did not run seriously until February of 2013, when a friend suggested that I train for a half marathon with her. I was convinced that my knees would go bad and that I could not ever go faster than a 10-minute mile. Prior to my first half marathon in May of 2013, I had never run more than 8 miles.
2. But you were always fit, right?
Nope. I had spurts of fitness all of my life, but you would never have considered me an athlete. I did not play sports in high school or college. In college and graduate school, I would go to the gym (I studied at UCLA and the Wooden Center was just too terrific to pass up!), but this would come and go in phases. I gained and lost weight repeatedly.
My first job required endless travel, so I stopped working out regularly and gained loads of weight. When I moved to Hollywood and started a steady, non-traveling job, I joined the Hollywood YMCA and began to hit the gym regularly. I ran sporadically with girlfriends; never very fast and never very seriously. I did 5K races just for fun.
In 2006, I tried spinning as a new form of cardio. I was instantly hooked. An instructor suggested that I get my certification and I did. I taught a Sunday morning class, and later added Saturday mornings and Friday nights.
I started running seriously in February of 2013 (see #2, above).
3. Do you have a running coach?
Yes, I have an excellent coach. He has been training me for almost a year. I have improved beyond what I ever thought was possible under his training.
4. What running shoes do you wear?
5. How many days per week do you run?
If I am very lucky, I run seven days a week. Sundays are reserved for my long(er) outdoor runs. On Mondays through Saturdays, my runs typically happen on the treadmill. Some weeks I only get in five runs if I cannot get childcare or need a rest day.
6. How fast do you run?
It depends on the day and what my workout is. My most comfortable long distance pace is about 8:15/mile, but I am hoping to improve that! Always a work in progress!
7. What is the longest you have ever run?
My longest distance to date is 50 miles on April 22, 2017. I completed it in 9:30, which is the longest length of time I have run continuously. I hope to increase the distance and time in the future as I train for the Angeles Crest 100!
8. You cycle and you run; why not do triathlons?
I am not a strong swimmer and I have a paralyzing fear of the ocean. I have been taking swim lessons and hope to conquer my fears. One day I will race in tris.
9. Have you had any injuries?
I have been very fortunate and have not had any serious injuries. I frequently get pain and inflammation in my sciatic but can manage this with stretch and rest. I also have a serious case of iron deficiency anemia, which I am working with medical professionals to resolve.
10. What do you eat? Are you on a diet? How much do you weigh?
I eat healthy, clean foods, and lots of them. I am not on a diet. See my post about what I eat HERE. I am 5’8″ and, on any given day, I weigh between 130 and 140 pounds. At my heaviest (not pregnant), I weighed 170 pounds. At my lightest (the two weeks before my first marathon), I weighed 119 pounds.
12. What did you do before you were a mom?
I was a Special Investigator with the Los Angeles Police Department’s Office of the Inspector General. I investigated uses of deadly force and other special projects. I have a Master’s Degree in Public Policy, specializing in crime and drug policy.