Where are you from?
Where do you spend most of your time training?
These days you're most likely to find me running trails in the Santa Monica Mountains and Malibu Creek State Park, near my home in Los Angeles. I never knew how gorgeous and expansive the trail system is around LA. Every day it feels like I'm discovering something new!
How did you get into running?
I’d love to answer this question with the opening paragraph of my book, Bravey: "My earliest memory of running was in the first grade when a boy in my class made fun of my best friend, and I not only chased him down but caught him and stabbed him with a pencil to make sure he knew I wasn’t messing around. In middle school, I channeled my athletic ability in a more productive way: the track team. Organized chasing. We had weekly meets at the local high school dirt track, whichwas very exciting to us twelve-year-olds. The meets were coed and I won them all. I liked the feeling of winning. It made me feel like I mattered. All I’ve ever wanted in my life is to matter." The rest is history!
Tell us about the recent Marathon.
This marathon is one of the most special events in the world, and for me, this year it was about a celebration of health. I had hamstring surgery earlier this year after years of running with pain, and this marathon was the first time in a long while that I ran completely pain-free. I followed my doctor's advice and kept my pace very slow and steady, more of a "run" than a "race." It ended up being the most incredible experience because I got to truly connect with the crowd and the city, and feel the magic ofthe racein an entirely new and unique way. The feeling of running pain-free was euphoric and made me fall in love with running all over again.