I have lived in South Florida since moving to the United States when I was seven. My father was in the military and we lived overseas. I’m in my 27th year of teaching, currently teaching high school. I have two daughters that are in their 20’s.
I love to work out with Beachbody programs and running marathons. I’m signed up for the Milwaukee Marathon, Berlin Marathon, and Chicago Marathon. Hopefully some of them actually happen.
I’m also an avid reader and trash tv watcher.
I’m very hard on myself and constantly compare myself to others. I tend to get upset at myself if I don’t perform how I want to. There’s been a few races that I took way too seriously.
What do you love most about running?
I love that I can call myself a runner. I love the bond I feel around other runners. It’s like an instant connection.
Running helps untangle the craziness of life. It’s just so nice to be out there by myself figuring it all out.
Running has taught me that I am able to do really anything. It’s given me so much confidence. I feel great about myself nowadays. I’m almost 50 and I feel like I’m in the best shape of my life.
Running is hard but my most difficult running moment was probably a marathon that was a 3-mile loop over and over and over. It was one of those races that is supposed to help you to qualify for Boston so the field is very small. I was second to last in that race. It was horrible. I put way too much pressure on myself and it showed in my performance.
My proudest moment was the Atlanta Marathon when I got a 20-minute PR. That’s when I figured out that it is possible for me to get faster and probably qualify for Boston. (As you can see, Boston is a huge deal for me!)
Do you have a non-running accomplishment you'd like to share?
My non-running accomplishment has to be my daughter. She has turned out to be a wonderful young lady.
What is some advice you’d give someone who is interested in starting to run?
I’d say if you are interested in running you should just go for it. I know you might be self conscious about how you look while running but really no one is paying attention. Just go for it.
I love my ProCompression socks, Spi Belt and Airpods.
What is your preferred running shoe?
I prefer Saucony Kinvaras for racing and speed-work and Hoka Cliftons for easy or long runs. I’ve started to wear the Saucony Endorphins during speed-work, too, and they are pretty good.
Finally, can you share a fellow runner or athlete you love to follow on Instagram?
I want to thank Jo for taking the time to participate in the first Featured Follow! You can find her on Instagram here to keep up with her journey to Boston.