This month we highlight member Jackie Reifers of Truckee. Although Jackie and her husband Jeff are fairly new full-time residents, they have been part of the Northern California ultrarunning community for many years. Jackie is a regular at the Monday Trail Teasers and was also unafraid to join in at Waddle Wednesdays.
Where are you from, where do you live now, and when did you move to Truckee?
I grew up in Florida and have lived in California for the past 20 years. My husband Jeff and I moved from the bay area to Truckee (Glenshire) about a year and a half ago.
When did you begin running? Why?
I have been running for most of my life. I ran track and cross country in High School. I didn’t run in college mostly because my school didn’t have a women’s team. After college I enjoyed racing 10k’s. At about the same time we decided to start our family and running began to evolve from racing to just being happy to get out and train. Ran my first marathon when our son Jeff (now 27) was just 8 months old. Continued to race occasionally, have two more children, move across the country a few times and started to run longer. A favorite “date” was when we hired a baby sitter to come to the house early on Saturday mornings so Jeff and I could do long trail runs together. I have run a few marathons including Pikes Peak and a few 50k’s (Cool and Headlands.)
Do you race? Does racing motivate you? if not racing, what motivates you?
Racing really doesn’t motivate me. Just getting out in nature and feeling good is my motivation.
Do you have any dream races (either hoping to qualify for or get selected for)?
No dream races just would be happy to be healthy and injury free and do some great trail running with new friends in the Truckee area.
Do you have a favorite on-trail food or nutrition strategy?
I usually rely on Hammer nutrition products; energy gels and I love cliff blocks. Favorite post-run meal or beverage? Nothing beats having a good latte from Coffeebar after a trail run.
What was your favorite running experience this past year?
Between moving last year and a foot injury I didn’t have any big running events this past year other than becoming part of DPMR and making some of the group runs.
What was your most challenging/ character-building experience this past year?
It wasn’t in the past year but a few years ago my husband and I hiked the John Muir Trail to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. It was an incredible experience; we did it in 15 days.
What are your racing/adventure plans for 2016?
No official plans other than continuing to train and love our trails.
What do you do for a living? Is it hard to fit in time for training?
I am a teacher and worked full time for the past ten years while raising our three children. Yes, it was always a challenge to find time to train but it was always important. I am now partially retired and our kids are grown so I do have more freedom to train.
What led you to join the DPMR?
A running group is a great way to meet new friends and other runners in a new area.
What was been your favorite DPMR experience so far?
Waddle Ranch Wednesdays, Monday trail teasers and all the great people.
Do you ski, snow shoe, or do any other snow sports?
I ski, snowshoe, and I am slowly learning to skate ski.
Favorite local trail?
Lucky for us we have a trail near our house that leads us out into the Waddle Ranch area. This has become a favorite place to run.
What other outdoor or indoor interests do you have?
I also swim, road bike, mountain bike, paddleboard, and hike.
Any interesting facts about yourself you would like to share?
I married my High School sweetheart!!