The many hats I wear:
Mother to three active and healthy kiddos, Lincoln, Kyler, and Addison, wife to Ben-who loves, supports, and takes great pride in caring for our family. Daughter, sister, teacher, guidance counselor, coach, runner, friend. Hats I’m proud to wear.
I’ve worked in public education for 12 years. I started as a 3rd grade teacher, turned part time librarian, turned 5th grade teacher, turned elementary guidance counselor. I coached JV girls basketball for 9 years, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade girls for 3, and most recently coached my son’s 3rd grade team. I was a high school and college basketball athlete who deeply loves the sport, but prefers to watch football- and secretly wishes I could have played.
These hats are a constant balancing act. I’ve found myself in a place where some of them are changing…quickly. As I follow a dream and explore a new journey, I have now entered the world of business. I get to write and connect with other women who share a passion for running, but more importantly understand and appreciate the deeper meaning behind this beautiful, exciting, yet challenging thing called life. I look forward to the challenge, my new schedule, and being at a place that feels like me.
What makes your heart pound?
The first weekend of fall when college football plays on Saturday and the NFL plays on Sunday, the night before a really long run, music I can dance to…anywhere, hearing my children belly laugh, and being late…which is obviously a pounding heart beat that my body must strangely enjoy or has just gotten used to.
What gets you up in the morning? What keeps you up at night?
A four year girl whispering “Mama” or an alarm clock that has usually gone off every 9 minutes for the past hour. At night I’ll find any reason to stay up, but it’s also the time when I’m most productive. There’s a LOT of fun things that happen at night. Growing up, my parents would tell me, ”Go to bed, Tori…you’re not gonna miss anything.”
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Chips, red licorice, dark chocolate, cheese, The Bachelor/Bachelorette, Private Practice, and driving in a car….alone. For hours (often snacking on the food mentioned previously.)
What do you say to the woman who says she doesn’t think she can run?
If it’s something you really want to do, but are simply just scared, smack fear in the face and try it. No one is going to do it for you.
How do you want the world to remember you?
That I was a part of their life in a positive way.
What running shoe are you most loyal to?
My new yellow Mizuonos must be mentioned here. I mean, they are practically famous. Also very loyal to the Asics Nimbus, especially the 13th edition.
What’s your go-to flower and why?
::Yellow:: I run because I get to. For me, it really has become that simple. If there comes a time when I can’t, especially if it’s because of a reason I’m unable to control, I never want to look back and wish that I had. Yellow happens to be favorite color as well.
Secret super power?
When I have the time, I absolutely love to cook and entertain. I’ve been known to whip up some good cocktails in my day- including the new “Flowertini.” Make-up artist and outfit specialist for my gal pals. And Pop-a shot. Yep…champion at Tino’s. Wanna play?
Who inspires you the most?
My Dad- To endure, gut it out, stick with it, accept, transform, and become better.
What are the five words that best define you?
Fun-loving, Generous, Determined, Caring, Persistent/Stubborn (whichever way you choose to look at it).
Caffeinated beverage choice? And how often you do you need one?
Coffee w/ Vanilla Coconut Milk Creamer. 2 cups in the a.m.. An occasional afternoon iced latte. Maybe a vodka+redbull to liven my ass up at the start of a Saturday night.
Wind!! Worst running condition ever and the ladies know it makes me crabby. I will look up the speed and direction, re-route, map out, arrange a pick up, whatever it takes to not have the wind in my face.
Travel destination on this earth that’s calling your name?
Beach + Sun = Happy me
Why do you run?
For health, for hope, to gain clarity, to relieve stress, to stay fit, to stay calm, and to show my children that doing something you love even when it’s hard is important.
The time of day that I love to run the most is …
Dusk…when the sun is setting. I feel so much faster in the dark.
What’s the life lesson you want to pass on to your children?
Be kind. Be generous. Be YOU-whatever that is. Own it, celebrate it, accept it.
Cheer for the underdog. Tell people how you feel about them. Say you’re sorry. Forgive.
First words that come to your mind when you think of crossing a finish line?
Check. Sweaty hugs, tears, smiles, water, beer.