While new to the area, Hillary Maclean has already cemented herself within our running family and Truckee/Tahoe community. Since relocating her family to Truckee, she has opened Sierra Symmetry, a Pilates studio with Reformer and Mat Classes with a focus on painless running! If you have yet to take a class or visit Hillary, head on over, and get a running evaluation, it’s a must. She has been a frequent contributor to our monthly newsletter, providing articles for our Workout of the Month section. Hillary is no stranger to running, or age group wins. A former competitive gymnast, she loves snowboarding, wake boarding, and is already heavily involved within most of our local trail races. On top of this long list of activities, a Pilates studio, she is a mother of three beautiful children with her husband Ryan.
Please help me welcome Hillary and her family into ours, and read on to get to know our June Member Highlight a bit more!
Where are you from and where do you live now?
I was born in Arizona and lived there until I was 9, but I’ve always considered Santa Rosa where I am from because that is where I went to High school. My husband and I just moved our 3 children to Truckee last year.
When did you begin running and/or long-distance running, if that applies? Why?
After I had my second child I signed up for my first trail run in early 2013. At the time I lived with a trailhead on my block and thought it would be a good way to get back in shape and a race would be a good milestone to keep me on track. It was a 5 mile trail run that took place in the Oakland Hills. My husband went to get a coffee and wasn’t even back by the time I was done. We had done a Tough Mudder a couple years prior and I guess that set the tone for what he thought of my abilities. We joke about it now because I ended up getting first in my age group and he strolled up with our coffees about 10 minutes after they announced it.
Do you race? Does racing motivate you? if not racing, what motivates you?
I do race, although this year I am more interested in adding distance than actually competing. In 2015 my goal was a short race every month. I think I ended up doing 9 races total and I placed in my age group in all of them. I’ve been told since that I’m too young to look at age groups, which is hilarious because I have to look at age groups to “do well”. The Canyons 25K was the longest run I’ve ever done so I was very proud of the accomplishment. I’m pushing to do the Sierra Crest 50K if my knees hold up this summer.
Do you have any dream races (either hoping to qualify for or get selected for)?
I’d like to go back and do another Ultra Adventures Race. I think the Southwest is incredibly beautiful. In 2016 I signed up for the Capitol Reef 1/2 Marathon. We were driving our family and our camper to Duluth, MN to visit my in-laws and I routed us several hours out of the way to hit the Capitol Reef race. My son and I ended up with pneumonia on the trip. I debated not running and everything online tells you not to run if your cold is below the neck, but I had to do it because we drove so far out of the way. It wasn’t exactly a shining moment in terms of my running. I think overall it took over 3 1/2 hours and I coughed the whole time. Most of the other runners kept asking if I was going to be ok or commenting, “oh that’s you I’ve heard coughing this whole time.” So maybe an Ultra Adventures Zion, Bryce or Grand Canyon run. All beautiful places that I can easily convince my husband to camp in.
Do you have a favorite on-trail food or nutrition strategy? Favorite post-run meal or beverage?
Unfortunately, fueling is not something I’ve mastered. Sugar makes me very sick while running. I’ve been trying nut butters, although those can be tough to get down while running. Post run-a beer, naturally.
What was your favorite running experience this past year?
The Canyons Endurance Runs were so fun. The community of people surrounding ultra running is truly amazing and I love all the people I’ve met.
What was the best race advice you’ve ever received.
I’m not very good at following advice, even my own that I give other people for that matter 🙂
What was your most challenging/ character-building experience this past year?
Raising 3 children 5, 4, and 2…every year for the rest of my life as they grow that will be my most challenging/character building experience. I hope committing to a sport and showing them what it takes to accomplish something helps set a good example for them.
What race PR are you most proud of?
Sub 10 minute miles on trails I guess.
What’s the biggest mistake you’ve ever made during a race.
Just food consumption beforehand. I haven’t figured it out and running with heartburn sucks.
What are your upcoming racing/adventure plans?
I’m going to try to survive the Broken Arrow 26K and then I have the Sierra Crest 50K.
What do you do for a living? Is it hard to fit in time for training?
I’m a mom and a certified Pilates Instructor. Oddly, it can be challenging to train yourself after training others all day (that whole taking my own advice thing). I am incredibly lucky to have my studio upstairs in an amazing gym, CrossFit Truckee. I have the opportunity to cross train with both Pilates and CrossFit and the CFT owner is starting new high endurance classes called FIT that should help take my training to the next level. The gym has a huge kid area so my kids love being there. And the trails here are endless. So no, it’s not hard to fit in training and I recognize how incredibly lucky I am.
What led you to join the DPMR?
We moved here last year and it seemed like a great way to meet people and it absolutely has been. I love this running community!
What has been your favorite DPMR experience so far?
This winter, when I was going crazy because I couldn’t run anywhere but the Legacy Trail, I saw that DPMR was doing a snow shoe run with Alpenglow. I missed the boat on the registration (I’ve learned DPMR events go fast) but in the process had put a question on the DPMR Facebook page. Helen Pelster immediately responded that she would take me out. I assumed it was one of those cordial responses “yeah, sure we can go out” but it wouldn’t actually ever happen. Not the case at all! In spite of all the snow we were getting slammed with and kids schedules adjusting for repeated snow days, Helen took me out within a couple days. I really feel like she went above and beyond for some random DPMR member that hadn’t participated in ANY events yet and didn’t know anyone in town beyond her neighbors. It meant a lot to me and I’ve met so many other DPMR members since that have the same awesome qualities.
Favorite local trail?
It’s too early to tell….I’ve only scratched the surface of all the trails here.
What’s your typical weekly mileage these days.
I pummeled my knees pretty good at Canyons (because I didn’t take someone’s very pertinent advice and start slow) so I’ve been working on cross training and rehabbing mostly. This week I’m at 25 miles so I have some work to do quickly to get where I need to be.
What other outdoor or indoor interests do you have?
There are so many possibilities living in this area. Right now with little kids, I feel like there are only so many hours in a day to devote to family and work and running. I had so much fun teaching my oldest to ski this last winter and I’m excited to get the other two on skis next winter. I can’t wait to take my kids to the beach and pump track this summer, and swim lessons, and soccer in the fall and so on and so on…
Any interesting facts about yourself you would like to share?
Seems like that pretty much covers my life story 🙂