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Runner’s Spotlight - Gwynne Evans-Lomayesva

9/3/15 under Team Running Strong MCM



1. Why did you start running?

I started running when I was a wee child. In Middle School and High School, I joined the track and cross country teams for distance running. I didn't start really enjoying running as much until college. In college I started running for me and because I wanted to.

2. Best running memory?

I took a running vacation through the Cairngorms in Scotland last fall. It was just me on my running adventure through the mountains and because it was outside the tourist seasons, there were very few people in the mountains.

One of the days, the mountains were completely coated in a heavy fog. I couldn't see more than maybe 20 feet in each direction.

It was so quiet and super eerie but, it was completely gorgeous! Sometimes the fog would move and I see these amazing views of the stark mountains and the distances I'd ran up. It started raining on the way down (I love running in rain) and everything just fit perfectly together to be one of the most amazing runs I've ever had. It was one of those runs where I could have just run forever! Somehow I never feel like I can adequately relay the experience to its full capacity to others but, it was amazing.

3. What shoes do you run in?

Depends on my mood and where I am running! I tend to alternate my runs between Brooks PureCadence shoes and ASICS GT2000. On the rare occasion I find myself on a soft sandy beach, I run in my barefeet in and out of the water down the stretch!


4. Favorite & least favorite distances to run?

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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