Today’s Running Inspiration Feature Interview is all about Diane. Diane is a member of Team Beef TN with me and it has been wonderful getting to know her and to learn more about her running journey. She is truly an inspiration for me and I know she will be for you as well!
Tell me a little about yourself
At 55 years young my treasured occupation is that of M.O.M. (Master of Many)
I am a Wellness Coach at the YMCA training others to embrace the running journey. I also work for Gap, Inc. at their Old Navy store.
How long have you been running?
I ran my 1st marathon in 2007
What made you decide to start running?
My father suffering a heart attack, a week after my diagnosis of high cholesterol (over 300) I realized I needed to be pro active in my health. Walking into the YMCA I saw a sign training people to run a 5K. I began, failed to complete the class and began again. Ironically I now teach this very class. What a sign for my future.
What is your favorite thing about running?
Running encapsulates so much on any level. There is no one way to run. Some do it for fitness, weight loss, some for miles and/or speed some for quiet time, some for socialization. I love the many joys one can experience no matter their goal. I embrace it in whatever that daily mood may be often taking photographs along the way.
What was your favorite race? Why?
Having completed over 300 marathons/ultras, a marathon in every state (twice) a marathon on almost every continent (lacking 2..Africa and Australia) my favorite race is the one I have just finished. All events have such unique flavor. Embrace them each in their own way and enjoy.
What is your most memorable race/running experience?
Every race brings about a new lesson learned no matter how many I have accomplished. A favorite I share often was while pacing a marathon. I typically find out what motivates a runner to be tackling on this endeavor. One runner shared a story of being in an abusive relationship and finally having the strength to leave going to a women’s shelter. Having no self esteem, negative energy she admitted every day was a pity party. A group of ladies ran by as she was outside smoking a cigarette. They said, “Hello.” Days later they invited her to join them. “I can’t run 10 steps let alone 1 block!” They went on, she went back inside having their words echo in her mind. A week later she joined them. Here, months later she was running her 1st marathon! The ladies who started her on her journey were cheering her along at many mile markers. This story reminds me that we all have the capability to touch someone beginning with a smile and the simple word of “Hello.”
Thanks Diane for being an inspiration and sharing your running journey!