Pace: 8:30 - 9:00 / mile
I’ve been running off and on since high school when I ran cross country (but not very well in those days). My distance running improved as I got older (more discipline), and now I attribute my good health to running and realize it’s a priority rather than an extracurricular activity when I have time. I’ve run seven marathons—San Francisco Mayor’s Cup, Big Sur, Chicago, NYC (2), Sacramento, and Boston. I plan to run Sacramento again—it’s a great BQ course. Christine Kennedy at Athletic Performance recommended that I join SJFit for marathon training. That was great advice—it’s a lot easier putting in the long miles when others were counting on you to be there. This will be my fifth year with SJFit, where I’ve met a lot of great runners. When I was younger, I did experience the beta endorphins kicking in. Today, I tell people that the best part of running is when you’re done.