Check out this spotlight on Michele Taylor, GSJones criminal defense attorney. Join her in signing up for the July 7th Yukon Do It! Marathon. Interviewer Ginger Johnson, runs the marathon organization, Run Amok Racing, Inc. and is on our staff.
Michele Taylor! Can I tell you how inspiring this lady is to me? She has taken her life and told it who’s boss! You need someone to tell you to stop complaining and get off your butt and do the work? This is your woman.
When did you begin running and why?
I started running in College…mostly for the health and stress relief benefits and then when I moved to NOLA it was a great way to get to know the city. Running the Neutral Ground or the levee in New Orleans was a favorite of mine.
At what age did you run your first half or full marathon?
37 – it was the Rock and Roll ½ Marathon in 2009.
What is the toughest run or race you’ve participated in?
I wish I could remember the name of it…it was on Vashon Island, a 5K, but it was super hilly and the weather was awful…we had snow in April that race day! I will say my pace was awesome because the faster I went the warmer I stayed.
What’s the most important lesson running has taught you?
Patience – it isn’t about how far or how fast you go because in running you can get as many gains from slow and steady as from crushing it.
What is your favorite route in the area?
I love running along the waterfronts so either here in Port Orchard or along Ruston in Tacoma
What race day traditions do you have?
On the way to the race I always stop at Starbucks for a Triple Grande Skinny Vanilla Latte and, since getting my Peloton, I always wear Peloton gear to race in.
What’s your life like outside of running?
Busy…my son graduates from High School in June and I have three dogs that keep me busy and smiling. I also regularly participate in challenge groups for the Peloton Power Zone pack and am just starting a running challenge that runs through July (3 runs a week – one long endurance run, an Intervals run and alternating Tempo/hill run). I enjoy reading, fashion and hunting down great shoes. All this and work too – am I crazy??
What’s your best race day advice to a new runner?
Race day isn’t the time to try something new, stick to the tried and true!
Any parting comments?
Running is amazing – the runner’s high is a real thing, but it is also important to cross train. I have been amazed at how mixing up my running with cycling and strength training has actually made my running better.