Dawn and her husband Jon have been running with us for a couple of years now and it’s been great getting to know the both of them. Dawn is the ever encouraging, always smiling, fun-loving runner that any running group would be lucky to have as a a member. She’s gearing up for some big runs and I was lucky enough to sit her still long enough for her to answer a few questions. Enjoy!
1. How did you come into the sport of running?
Monica Kattner signed me up for a 5K at the first Gusher, May 2010. I was terrified I would not finish but had a blast and really had no plans to run again. A few weeks later, Derek McWilliams talked me into signing up for the RNR San Antonio half marathon in Nov 2010. I trained, ran and have been hooked on running since.
2. Did you ever think you would become an Ultramarathoner? How did that come about?
Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be an Ultra Marathoner. Didn’t even want to consider a full marathon. As I was getting closer to age 50, I wanted to do something more challenging, so I signed up and completed my first full marathon at the RNR San Diego, June, 2013, a few days before the big birthday. Really wanted to then run a 50 miler but did not have it in me, fitness wise, so opted for the Hogs Hunt 50K trail race in May, 2014. Training was side tracked when my dad got ill but I managed to finish it using the Galloway run/walk method. When the race was done, really thought I was over it. I was hurting from head to toe and not sure I would have finished without so many great running buddies who joined me on this adventure. My recovery was quick and opened my eyes that I may be slow but I can go the longer distances.
3. Do you like training alone or with friends? why?
Training is always challenging. Scheduling around the heat, work and other personal obligations can be frustrating, but it is always fun when I can run with others. I don’t have the discipline when I run alone.
4. What are some tips you would give to newbie runners out there who are just starting out?
To newbie runners, I say find a friend or two to join you and then find a running group to keep you engaged. The social aspect of running is a bonus that will keep you running mile after mile.
5. What’s your upcoming race schedule like?
I’ve got a pretty busy racing schedule leading up to my first 50 miler in December.
Upcoming race schedule:
Aug 22-Sabine Causeway 5K
Sep 20-Toughest 10K Kemah
Oct 17/18-Ragnar Trail relay in Hill Country 15.5 miles
Oct 25-Chosen Marathon, Gruene
Nov 1-Rocky Raccoon 50K trail, Huntsville
Nov 8-Pleasure Island Half Nov 16-LaPorte by the Bay Half
Nov 27-Turkey Trot 5K
Dec 13-Brazos Bend 50 Miler trail
May throw in a few more before year end and already have several scheduled in 2015
6. Whats a normal week of training like for you? Where do you find your training plans or do you make them up on your own?
Currently using a 20 Week, 50 Mile training plan given to me by The Ultra Marathoner, Laz West. When I decided to tackle this distance, I reached out to Laz and he has been gracious enough to help me in finding a plan and answering my never ending questions. Plan calls for running 5 days a week with a long run on Saturday and a shorter long run on Sunday. I modify the plan to fit my schedule and to join group runs.
7. How did you come to find out about the GTS group and what keeps you coming back to run with us?
A running friend, Cherry Woodsmall, mentioned she had a run a few times with a new run group and invited us to try it. The support and encouragement from this group has been the main reason I am still running. The leadership, encouragement and enthusiasm from Jeremy & Willie have made it a great social event at each training run. As the group has grown, I have connected with so many runners with different experiences and knowledge to share. Everyone is so supportive, I look forward to our weekly runs.
8. How has the running scene and running community in the Golden Triangle changed in the last few years?
Before the Gusher, put on by Richard & Amie James, I don’t know that I saw more than a few runners. Since then I have watched the running community grow and love that we have many local running groups & events. I can remember running my first half in San Antonio and knew only 2 other runners. Now SETX represents very well at events with 20 or more runners at many out of town events.
9. Tell us something about yourself that not many of your runner friends know about you.
I am pretty much an open book, if you’ve run with me you know me pretty well.
Thanks for answering my questions Dawn! If you are a local and would like to join the Golden Triangle Strutters for a run or walk go check out our FB page for our current running times. www.facebook.com/gtstrutters