Linda

The many hats I wear…
My life is full, really full, and I like it that way. I am the mother of three daughters – twins plus one more, ages 11, 11, and 13. I truly love this pre-teen stage of weirdness. I have been married for 18 years to Matt and we met at Camp Batawagama when we were teenagers. And I cannot forget Lola the golden-doodle dog who is my great running companion. Currently I am a principal of a K-8 school and previously was a middle school algebra teacher. I juggle and balance every day but try to keep my priorities in the right place and breathe and enjoy. I have a lot to be grateful for and I don’t take any of it for granted. Remembering always…it’s the journey that matters, not the destination.

What makes your heart pound?
Writing. I want to write a book someday.

What gets you up in the morning? What keeps you up at night?
My brain keeps me up at night and my two alarms wake me up.

What’s your guilty pleasure?
1. Eating Kruncher’s potato chips.
2. Buying purses… a great way to express myself without fully committing to a new look.

What do you say to the woman who says she doesn’t think she can run?
Give me a call and we’ll go for a run together.

How do you want the world to remember you?
I am thrilled and truly honored that some of the gibberish that I have said is now printed on Fellow Flowers cards and shared with everyone. The first time I read the back of the card and saw my words that I have said was now in print…tear of gratitude and joy. So, like I have always said to anyone, running any race, at any pace, and now I say to you…when you cross the finish get your hands up high and smile.

What’s your go-to flower color and why?
Orange flower. Friendship and health. That is what really matters most in this crazy world.

Secret super power?
If I was in the Mrs. America pageant, my talent would be starting a campfire and cooking a real meal. I am good, really good.

Who inspires you the most?
Strong women with a sense of humor. I love that everyone has a story. Everyone has struggled but what really matters is how you come out of it and what you do with it.

Caffeinated beverage choice? And how often you do you need one?
Coffee – black. Every morning, same mug.

Travel destination on this earth that’s calling your name?
Sedona, Arizona calls me. Bring on the red rocks, vortexes, psychics and spirit stones.

Why do you run? 
I run because I can’t not run. Running helps me be the best person that I was suppose to be along. It has helped me make new friends, see new places, gain confidence, experience true adventure, learn what preparation really means, see sunrises that I would have slept through, appreciate mother nature and learn to respect her, become physically strong, and mentally tougher than I ever knew I could be.

The time of day that I love to run the most is…
My life is busy and overscheduled and at times completely ridiculous. So…my running time is 5:00am because there is never a scheduling conflict and I have this calm that stays with me through the entire day. Plus the sunrise over Lake Superior never gets old.

The pain of regret is far worse than the pain of discipline. I would regret it all day if I didn’t get up when my alarm rings at 4:30am.

What’s the life lesson you want to pass on to your children?
Fear paralyzed me for a long time until I allowed myself to feel the scared and push through it and come out okay on the other side. Do it scared. I am the mother of three middle school daughters and my wish is for them to try new things and figure out what feels right…for themselves. Life is short and long at the same time. Do what you love and surround yourself with people who get you, love you unconditionally and elevate you to the next level.

First words that come to your mind when you think of crossing a finish line?
Get your hands up high and smile…because race day pictures last a lifetime!

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