My professionÖflight attendant. I have actually been in quite a few commercials and a couple of movies, very small parts. Recently, I went to New York and auditioned for a small part in a Walt Disney film starring Sandra Bullock. I didnít book it but it was about the opportunity. If you do a good job theyíll remember you and call you back. It was a great opportunity and Iím always grateful for them. The bottom line is, like running, you do the best you can and the rest is out of your hands. It is a dream and itís fun. If I do the best I can, then I feel great.
I started running inÖin junior high.
My life/sport philosophyÖfit and healthy people are happy. Do what you like. If you like running, do it. If you donít, donít. Do something physical. Try something four times to give it a chance and try different things. Eat healthy and sleep. Aim for balance.
My favorite spot to be activeÖI love going to Palos Verdes on a clear day, doing the 15 mile loop. I also recently went to Lake Tahoe and skied and was amazed by how you could see so many mountains. The weather was perfect and you could see the lake at the bottom and it almost like you were going to ski into the lake. I liked swimming in Kona, trying to act like an Ironman Triathlete. I didnít swim the whole course but part of it.
Athletic highlightsÖMy first triathlon I ever did was in 1995 in Waikiki. I did run a marathon when I was 18 and prior to that I trained with a girl who was pretty experienced. Before that marathon I had only run 8 miles. My cross country team, my swim team and my ski team in high school all went to state. I wasnít the number one player but I contributed. I was fortunate enough to participate and compete.
My running experience with AREC has beenÖawesome. Not in a million years did I care and think I would run a marathon again. The group of girls Iíve been running with, Claudia, Mo, Karen, Ann and Kelly, were all running it and they inspired me to run a marathon. We all trained together, weíre all the same pace. It was just social and I didnít care about doing a marathon again. Now I care about negative splits, times and all of that. Now Iím really into it and Iíve got two more marathons planned.
Iíve been with AREC sinceÖ last summer.
The best thing about AREC isÖ the fact that itís such a positive group. I never have to run by myself anymore. Iíve probably put in more miles this year than I have in my whole life because of the camaraderie. Itís so great that Todd and Emmett lead the group that inspires those friendships.
I run becauseÖit makes me feel good. It keeps my body fit. I canít imagine not doing something. It releases my extra adrenaline.
When Iím not running I amÖswimming, spinning or biking, flying, driving to Hollywood for auditions and sleeping.
My favorite running surface isÖpavement.
My pre-race meal isÖpeanut butter on Ezekiel toast or any kind of grain toast and half a banana. When Iím training, I drink a coconut juice called One, but not until after a run. It has 660 mg of potassium, itís pretty low in sugar and itís 60 calories and itís a rehydrating drink. Iíve read that itís actually good for hangovers too. Sometimes I get excited to do long runs because I get to eat peanut butter toast.
After a race I treat myself toÖ usually I love a huge omelette, mostly egg whites, with lots of spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes and feta cheese.
My favorite race isÖHuntington Beach, Surf City Half, which was surprising because itís a boring course but itís familiar to me. The weather was horrible but I kind of liked it. During the run, I felt great! Before and afterwards was miserable.
My goal isÖto drop a few pounds, about 7 pounds. Iíd like to be leaner and more toned. I want to run Rock Ďní Roll in about 3:50 which would be about 10 minutes under my Boston qualifying time. My goal really is this: if I feel good, Iím gonna run. If I feel really good, Iím gonna go for it and go faster. If I feel bad, Iím just gonna slow down. If I feel really bad, Iím stopping. For me, that takes the pressure off. If itís not fun, then what am I doing this for?
I donít ever want to be one of these people who gets upset because I have a time that didnít meet my goal. I think itís great to have goals but itís not going to make or break me as a better person.
My running mantraÖ ďRelax and breathe. Relax.Ē
Iím inspired byÖhealth, fitness, looking younger as I get older. Itís just really about health and staying as fit as I can be.
My best training tipÖrelaxing and having fun. Itís supposed to be fun. If itís not fun, you gotta find something else. We donít need to be so hard on ourselves. We put so much pressure. Why? Weíre all great. Weíre so lucky because we run.
The best advice I ever got wasÖwasnít actually advice but was something I learned from my college friend. I was nervous because she was such a good runner. But she was very patient with me. It taught me to be patient with myself and with others. She was such a good role model to me because she taught me humility. I was very guilty of being very hard on myself. Being hard with oneself is paralyzing and can hold you down. Being patient, helped me to relax and take risks. If you do great, great! If you fumble, who cares? If you take a risk and it doesnít turn out how you want, at least you took a risk. Being patient allowed me to take risks and taught me not to be afraid to fail.
I want to improve inÖorganizing myself and refinancing my condos, becoming more financially stable so I can relax more and continuing not being hard on myself. Always, go for your dreams. Continuing with acting and pursuing all my dreams that come up.
I loveÖbeing in love. I love my wonderful friends. I love my family. I actually really love my life!
I hateÖI donít hate. Thatís a really strong word that I really choose not to use. What I really despise is peopleís cynicism, behaviors and comments that are mean spirited and hurtful. People that try to dampen and crush my spirit. Luckily I donít know many people like that because I refuse to hang out with them.
I wish forÖgreat health my whole life and for all my friends and family. Financial security so that I can work less. And for a great movie part that wouldnít make me too famous.
My best experience wasÖ my first acting job. My first national commercial was for 7 Eleven. I used to dream about being on set with trailers. I drove up and there were trailers. There were make up people, wardrobe people and they were all there for me. I just sat in my car and took it all in. It was a really memorable experience. It was a big turning point. People told me I was too old to act. But I didnít believe it. Here I was in Hollywood and I did it. After that I had a ton of commercials that popped up.
To allÖThank you to everyone who opened their arms to me. The running club is one of the best things Iíve ever done. I recommend it to everyone, whether theyíre fit or not, whether you walk or run. Sometimes itís one of the simple things that matter in life and this is one of those.
One thing I love about the running club is the amazing camaraderie. It is wonderful to be around so many people from different backgrounds, different ages, different levels, all having fitness and running in common. It is so supportive and inspiring! Thereís Mark Fell organizing the trail runs, Todd organizing the summer marathon training, Emmett always watching and reporting our race times and even you (Tam) by interviewing all of us to share our stories with each other...It is awesome to a part of such a wonderful group of people!