Describe your experience with the Equinox. Have you participated in the full marathon, the relay, and/or the ultra? How many times?
I’ve been bike support for many friends and my husband over the years, but two years ago, I started to do the relay with my friends Georgina and Stacey. Our team name is the Funky Felines and we have a great time together…I’ve always run the first leg, George has done the second and Stacey brings it on home with the third. So this year will be my third relay.
When do you start training for this race?
I usually start training after the Beat Beethoven run…it’s great encouragement to run all summer.
How much of the course itself do you incorporate into your training?
We usually run most of the course over the summer in 5 mile legs so we all run each others legs.
How often do you incorporate the Dome into your training?
We usually run up together once a summer but since George is actually running the uphill portion, she does it more than once. We’ve done the out and back together a few times and have also run the alder chute a few times but mostly, we stick to the trails near campus because we all work there.
What are your key workouts in preparation for this race?
I would say it’s pretty key to run down Ester Dome…it seems like it should be easy but I’m always torn up after, so I think it’s good to work those downhill muscles.
What’s your favorite thing about this race?
I love the weather, the time of year and doing it with my friends. The hand-off at each station is so much fun!
What’s your favorite part of the course?
I love coming down the hill towards the musk ox farm and hearing people cheer!
Your least favorite part?
Running “up the hill” on the road near Ann’s greenhouse. I know it’s nothing compared to the Dome but it always feels really hard reaching the transition point and my team mates.
Describe the best moment you’ve experienced during this race.
Our team came in 10th out of 49 women’s teams last year and that was pretty sweet.
Describe the worst.
Can’t really think of a bad experience I’ve had during this race, but it’s always challenging getting to the top of the dome in time to cheer my team mates on.
Do you consider yourself a competitive runner?
No…I’m a closet competitor. I’m only competitive when other people don’t know I’m racing them.
What are your running goals?
I would like to be able to run my leg faster every year.
I would love to do an Ironman race once in my life.
What’s the best advice or training tips you can share with others who are new to this race?
Run on all the trails if you can. If you are doing the whole thing, make sure you run up AND down Ester Dome. Don’t miss the turn-around for the out and back during training.
Have you made any big training errors, or race day flubs that adversely affected your enjoyment or time in this race?
The first time I ran the relay, I hadn’t ever run up the sledding hill near the SRC and that was kind of tough because I didn’t realize how long that hill is. My husband and I started together and he got me to the front of the pack where everyone is running and I wanted to keep up with him but just couldn’t. The second time I did that start, I was stuck in a pack of walkers but wanted to run and that was sort of frustrating.
Any plans on participating in the Equinox this year?
Hope to run it again with my team mates but since it’s the 50th anniversary, we might need to find another person to run up the Dome if George decides to do the whole thing.
This race has been described as one of the most grueling marathons in the country! What keeps you motivated to participate in this event?
The course, the trails, the people cheering the runners on, and most importantly, running with my friends.
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