"Perhaps the genius of ultrarunning is its supreme lack of utility. It makes no sense in a world of space ships and supercomputers to run vast distances on foot. There is no money in it and no fame, frequently not even the approval of peers. But as poets, apostles and philosophers have insisted from the dawn of time, there is more to life than logic and common sense. The ultra runners know this instinctively. And they know something else that is lost on the sedentary. They understand, perhaps better than anyone, that the doors to the spirit will swing open with physical effort. In running such long and taxing distances they answer a call from the deepest realms of their being -- a call that asks who they are ..." (David Blaikie).

Running Resume

First 5K: Vista Ridge 5K Run,  September 1989...I was nine years old.

I have run four half marathons.  PR 1:53
Favorite: Dallas North Trails Half and Half (half marathon on Saturday and half marathon on Sunday!)

I have run thirty-seven marathons. PR 3:42:18
Age bracket sweep 1998-2000, 1st and 3rd place female (age group) in eight races.
Favorite Marathons: Ft. Lauderdale A1A and Dallas White Rock Marathon.

Ultramarathon highlights:

March 2009 - Ninja Runner 42.5 mile run. Along A1A through six cities in Palm Beach/Broward Counties.
Crew Chief: Tami Pippin and Pam Heck

May 2009 - Keys 100 mile run. Key Largo to Key West, FL.
2nd female in age bracket. 
Crew Chief: David Flores

June 2009 - Pacer for the Brennison 50 miler.
Crew Chief: Tim Brennison

June 2010 - Pacer for Lisa Smith-Batchen 50 miles.
(during her "50 miles in 50 states in 50 days") in Phoenix.

November 2010 - 24 Hour Treadmill Relay at Mountainside Fitness.
86.31 miles completed in 24 hours.  3rd USA Female, 9th International Female.  Crew Chief: Kelsey Hughes and Carrie Butler.

February 2011 - 24 Hour Treadmill Relay Team at Jobing.com Phoenix Coyotes NHL Arena.
First 4 female team to complete a relay of this caliber, collectively logging 139.81 miles setting a new world record.  Teammates: Jill Monson, Amy Craft, and Sarah Mitcham.  Crew Chief: Kelsey Hughes and Clarissa Borboa.

June 9, 2011 - Canal 50 miler in South Phoenix, AZ.

October 14 -15, 2011 - Javelina 12 Hour Night Run in Fountain Hills, AZ.
Self-supported.  Completed 50K.

December 29-30, 2012 - Across the Years Ultra Series in Phoenix, AZ.
Self-supported, considering running the 48 hour ultra this year.

Coaching Experience

2005-2006 - Head Coach of Cross Country and Track (Boy and Girl Middle School Teams).
2006-2007 - Cross Training Coach for Middle School and High School Girls' Soccer.
2009 to Present - Personalized Coaching for Kids and Adults.
2011 - Present - Mountainside Fitness Running Club Coach (Carefree and Peoria locations)


Race Distance: 50 miles

Training Shoes: Vibram FiveFingers, Brooks Green Silence; more recently the New Balance Minimus.

Drink: Pedialyte and Diet Coke (in a can).

Supplement:  Arbonne's Vegan Vanilla Protein Shake Mix.

Road or Trail?  I am a pavement runner, but I do miss running on the sand on the beaches of South Florida!

Strange habits?  I always run against traffic and if I am running with someone, I must be on the outside (closer to the road).  I guess it is a protective mechanism!  I also do 27 front kicks, back kicks, and side kicks before any race is about to begin.  This is what led to the nickname "Ninja Runner" (well, that and the fact that I LOVE to run in pitch black clothes in the dark of night!)

Most Embarassing Race Moment:  At the Dallas North Trails Marathon in 2000, I had a minor tummy ache so I went to the closest port-a-potty to try to "fix" the problem and I was in there when the gun went off!  I jumped up and dashed out there to get a good lead on others in my age group.  Unfortunately, my stomach was truly messed up.  I sharted (eww) at mile eight!  The most embarassing part was that I won for my age group so I had to go up and receive my medal in front of everyone.  Gross.

Favorite Race: The Keys 100 miler was definitely the most character-building run for me.  I trained and completed it while breastfeeding twins.  Now, I roll my eyes at moms who make up excuses that they don't have time to do anything...