PRIMARY SPORT: Trail/Mountain Running
PRIMARY RESIDENCE: Sandy, Utah
OCCUPATION: Executive Assistant
OTHER SPONSORS: Gnarly Nutrition, La Sportiva
WHY WHITE PINE ATHLETICS: I love the flexibility of this training program, as I work full-time and am a single mom recovering from health issues. Jami and Kyle are accomodating and professional and take a genuine interest in my progress. They get it – because they too are athletes. I can’t run regularly without cross training (and avoid injury) so the cross training programing is crucial for me to be able to pursue what I love.
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF: I am young single mother. I’ve learned that the circumference of influence might be small in diameter, be is deeper than we can understand – that the most beautiful thing about humans is our interactions and impressions upon one another. I’m grateful for all those whose influences have encircled me. I love words, philosophies, mountains, and teaching my kids about these things.
WHAT DRIVES YOU AS AN ATHLETE: A friend once said to me, “some people climb or run because they love it. you do it because you have to – it’s too much a part of your for you to not do it.” I am passionate and driven to explore and play, to find the exuberant pleasures and meanings of life that are found in the moments in the mountains. I’ve also discovered I’m willing train incredible hard to be able to pursue what I love – but being able to sporadically do 10+ hour mountain days, and have the base built up for it, is worth building that base.
TOP ACHIEVEMENTS: Two intelligent little people learning to understand the world.
Athletically – Millwood 100M FKT, Bryce 100M CR, Various 50-100M race CRs and podiums throughout the state of Utah
Mentors: Jim Milar and Jen Richards taught me the ways of the trail. Jared Campbell is a constant source of inspiration, as are local training partners like Kalina Zufelt and Matthew Van Horn, and my boyfriend Ryan Tockstein.
FAVORITE PLACE: Legs feeling wild and free, sunlight streaming through granite blocks, high above a valley below. Does it matter where?
FAVORITE FOOD: Fish tacos from Malibu and dark chocolate.
WHAT IS ONE INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOURSELF: I have an odd sense of humor.