How many marathons have you competed in?
Funny - I have run socially and enjoyed three marathons - I have not ‘competed’ for any age group awards.
Marine Corps 2013 before Hurricane Sandy
Marine Corps 2015 with Ainsley’s Angels pushing with Team Jena
New York Marathon 2015 - week after MCM
What has been your favorite marathon so far?
Toss Up tie between the two:
New York Marathon was fun because it was all about the course, the crowds, the cheering.
Marine Corps was organized well and it was all about the marines and Washington DC
I can’t wait to run in Boston, Chicago, London and Berlin.
What makes a destination fitting for a marathon?
Local support: It’s great to arrive at a location and see signage on businesses, taxi drivers who know about the race, welcome messages at hotels, and a crowd of spectators for the event.
What about the Mississippi Gulf Coast will make it a good spot for a marathon?
So many things: beautiful view, plenty of accommodations, a flat, fast course, great winter weather compared to north of the Mason Dixon and a big city production with a small town feel
How do you get amped for a marathon?
Honestly, copious amounts of fresh juice, craft beer, sleep the week of. I may re-read a few chapters of Born to Run or Natural Born Heroes (call me a dork). I also love the excitement of the crowds before and during the race.
What do you do to celebrate completing a marathon?
Right after race - hugs and beers and selfies with hugs and beers
That night- milkshake!
What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever seen a spectator do?
I saw someone run a block to give a runner a jello shot that was dropped in the initial pass while dressed like a bunny rabbit in a full mascot suit.
What is your favorite thing about the Mississippi Gulf Coast? What makes it different?
The People - everyone is so excited about the event and the excitement is intoxicating
The Place – it has beautiful historic areas, and a lot of new constructions that’s fun to see
The Course – it’s going to be fast!