We caught up with her after the race to hear more of her story.
MNRS: How was your race?
C: The Goldy’s Run Race was a lot of fun! I am a Doctor of Physical Therapy student at Concordia University, and several classmates and I participated as a team. It was great to work together outside of the classroom toward a worthy cause.
MNRS: What was your favorite part?
C: I enjoyed the opportunity to open up my stride during the 5k and get in some faster running. It’s been awhile since I’ve raced, so I tried to soak in the atmosphere and savor having so many people around to run with. I tried to remain quick but smooth, which is an exhilarating feeling. My favorite part, however, is always the cool down. The combination of endorphins, accomplishment, and low-stress enjoyment of the act of running is unparalleled.
MNRS: What is your goal for 2019?
C: My main goal for 2019 is to remain uninjured and continue to enjoy running and cross-country skiing. I’d love to run a marathon or a long trail race and complete the American Birkebeiner, but simply training provides plenty of satisfaction.
MNRS: When did you start running?
C: I started running during high school in Alaska. It’s hard not to love it when surrounded by encouraging teammates and breathtaking trails. I then ran cross country and track at Carleton College for four years, where I learned that even outside of Alaska, running is pretty fun.
MNRS: What inspires you to run?
C: I’m inspired to run because the act of running is one of my favorite feelings, but also because of all the lessons it has taught me. Through running I have gained friends, physical and mental strength, perseverance, and confidence. I’ve learned to respect my body, handle stress and disappointment, be a good teammate, separate my worth from my performance, and set high goals. Running is such a beautiful metaphor for life; there will be obstacles to overcome and it often isn’t easy, but endurance through these challenges is powered by joy.