1) Primary sport(s): Ultrarunning, trail running, snowshoe running
2) Team member since: 2010
3) City/state of residence: S. Deerfield, MA
4) Occupation: Engineer (and part-time running coach)
5) Goals for 2012: To continue to push myself and find new challenges. Of course, a few PRs along the way would also be nice!
6) Notable achievements/memories/PR’s in your sport: I have so many achievements to be proud of – including winning everything from road 5k races to 50 mile trail races over the past several years…and am excited to have collected 6 more course records this past year. However, my most notable memories in running have been the miles shared with friends, during races and in training. They make the long runs shorter, the cold days more bearable…and push me to have a passion for running.
7) Favorite inov-8 gear: Currently it’s a tie between the Roclite 268s, which are versatile and light yet have super grippy soles great for New England running, and the Terrafly 287s, which are perfect for the slightly less technical trails especially in the wet seasons.
8) List one thing others may not know about you: I’m currently engaged to fellow trail and ultra runner Brian Rusiecki – we’ll be getting married this summer. (Ok, some folks know this already, but I’m pretty excited.)
9) Favorite energy drink/food: It is constantly changing…except that I do always find a way to have a sip of beer during an ultra – it gives me strength! J I do enjoy the Honey Stingers (chews and gels), CarboPro, HEED, and GuBrew. But, watermelon during a hot summer ultra is also amazing!
10) Your favorite race/event and why? After this summer, I think competing in the TransRockies Run is likely topping the list. It was an incredible event, the course put us through amazingly beautiful trails, and the comradare experienced throughout the event was awesome. I got to put my complete trust in a stranger-turned-great friend, and the two of us learned a lot together. But, I also love challenges such as that, where there is so much room for improvement as things are figured out.
11) Advice to other athletes: Always respect the volunteers at races, and help out when you can! It takes an incredible amount of time and effort to put on a race – whether a small 3 mile snowshoe race or large ultra race. Make it a habit to thank the volunteers at the aid stations and along the course, volunteer to help out at a local race that you aren’t running at, or get involved in a race committee. Without selfless volunteers, our trail running community would not be what it is now. J Thank you to all of you who work hard and volunteer, which allows me the opportunity to enjoy the races I love!