When Naomi signed up for the club, I google-stalked her and quickly discovered she would be a vibrant addition to the DPMR family (yes, I do want to see who our new members are so I may have stalked each of you too). From her blog, I could see that Naomi was training for a 100 miler in Alaska, so I reached out to her to see if we could include a race report in our newsletter. I later met her in person during a group snowshoe run in Coldstream Canyon, and I knew we’d be friends after I fell in a creek and instead of reaching to help me, she reached for the camera. 😉
Not only is Naomi an incredible athlete (run, climb, fly, etc), she is a beautiful artist, a successful software engineer, and has contributed greatly to the club by volunteering at aid stations and being a great cheerleader for us via her blog.
It was an honor to feature Naomi this month and I hope you enjoy getting to know her better.
Where are you from and where do you live now?
Originally from Chambersburg, PA. Mostly a van dweller in Yosemite and Tahoe but soon to be a full time Soda Springs resident.
When did you begin running? Why?
Began running in high school for cross country. Took up long-distance running to escape the perpetual grind of a full time job in San Francisco. Found crazy long distances after feeling the power and passion of the people of Yosemite. If someone can climb El Capitan in less than 3 hours I can surely run 100, 200, 1000 miles.
Do you race? Does racing motivate you?
I do race on occasion. Racing doesn’t motivate me though. The greater the chances of dying during the race or adventure, the greater the motivation.
Do you have any dream races (either hoping to qualify for or get selected for)?
Do you have a favorite on-trail food or nutrition strategy? Favorite post-run meal or beverage?
Carbs! Carbs! Carbs! Carbs! I’ve been a vegetarian for almost 10 years. I struggle nutritionally. Julia Millon can vouch for my terrible eating habits. It is something I hope to change in the coming years.
What was your favorite running experience this past year?
I have so many! Personally it’s a tie between the scramble, bushwhack, run across the Colorado 14ers with Julia and dragging a 30 pound sled 100 miles through the desolate wilderness of Alaska. But honestly pacing the Western States, Hardrock, and Wasatch were ooo so good too.
What was your most challenging/ character-building experience this past year?
Being told I would likely need a hip replacement by the time I’m 30. Slowing down and making time for physical therapy even when you don’t see immediate results has been very hard. Some people would say I have “No chill”. But I love my hips, and I’d like to keep them.
What are your upcoming racing/adventure plans?
Trying to finish out the qualifiers for the Iditarod. So Arrowhead 135 in January followed by hopefully the White Mountain 100 in March. As always climbing, pacing, and volunteering as much as I can!
What do you do for a living? Is it hard to fit in time for training?
I’m a full time software engineer and a part time night pacer ;). No; because after sitting behind a computer screen for 8 hours your body is screaming for a run or a walk or a death march with a sled.
What led you to join the DPMR?
I can’t say it better than I said it here: Run a Fun-K and Join a Running Club
What has been your favorite DPMR experience so far?
Dressing like the Donner Party and helping out at the Canyons 100k!
Though honestly every experience has been great! I’ve never felt more warm and welcomed in any other group.
Favorite local trail?
Castle Peak, in the winter, with a sled.
What other outdoor or indoor interests do you have?
Rock climbing, paragliding, and playing with dogs.
Any interesting facts about yourself you would like to share?
I ran my first ultra when I was 20 years old. I also love pacing. Hit me up if you need one. I’ll travel literally anywhere and entertain you for hours with Lopi (my dog) stories.