I tend to be a bit fonder of the longer distances. I'd say, a 6 mile run is a decent sized everyday run. Anything shorter than 6 just doesn't feel like I've been running long enough. My favorite distance though... I don't know, it is more of a zone.
5. Do you have a running partner?
I tend to run solo but, enjoy the occasional company on runs.
6. What is your favorite running accessory?
My amphipod waterbottles. They fit super comfortably in your hands when you run and are spacious enough to hold a snack, my keys, and ID!
7. What is your favorite time of the day to run?
I love running in the early morning! Everything is so quiet and it is just absolutely gorgeous. Also, it doesn't hurt it is fairly cool temperature wise during the summer.
8. What is the hottest or coldest weather you have ever ran in?
I used to run in Arizona during the summers and Montana during the winters. I'd say my range is about 100 degrees to about 5 degrees Fahrenheit (because I could rationale that beyond those ends, the weather was too much).
9. Other exercises you love?
I don't have quite the same bond with any other exercise as I do with running. I enjoy swimming, hiking/backpacking, rock cl
imbing, dancing, aerobics, and spinning although, I am pretty terrible at all of them.
10. Do you bring an iPod with you, and if so, what's on it? What’s your power song?
I am hopelessly attached to my iPod. I don't always plug in but, I always bring it along just in case. My power song seems to change fairly frequently. Right now my power song is "Oh Brother" by Avicii.
11. What are your current or future goals?
I want to run the Grand Canyon's South Rim to North Rim to South Rim (R2R2R). As a Hopi, the Grand Canyon is special to me. As a runner, the Grand Canyon poses a challenge I want to face. As a person with eyes, the run promises absolutely gorgeous views. Actually, more than anything, I think it really is all aspects of the challenge that make me determined to run it!
12. Advice for new runners?
Listen to your body because if you ignore it too much, you will seriously injure yourself, hydrate, and most of all, have fun and don't worry about anyone else.
13. Tell us about the most interesting thing you've ever seen while on a run.
I once had an eagle fly out of a tree about 30 feet ahead of me on a trail. That was pretty cool. It was also pretty terrifying, it was massive and made a really loud noise that scared me! It was flying away from me and I was scared enough to sprint top speed out of there!
14. What drew you to Team Running Strong or for returning runners what brought you back?
Running Strong aims to give back to tribes, specifically tribal youths. I'm super far away from my rez. Team Running Strong is a way for me to feel somewhat connected and also to try and help tribes in some way. The Marine Corps Marathon has been on my marathon bucket list for a while. These two mix together, Running Strong and the Marine Corps Marathon, seemed like it was just meant to be.
15. What's your motivation?
I don't like being told I can't do something. My doctor told me 6 years ago it was unlikely I would be able to run again. Running had been a way for me to relax before that but, once he told me I wouldn't be able to run, I became determined to keep going and push myself further and further distances. Now, I keep running because I like proving I can, because it is a way for me to escape and let go, and because I like how I feel when I run.
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