Diane Frederic, or less commonly known as “Fred” within our group (soon to change) is our October Member Highlight of the month. A long time runner, who was given some of the best running advice I have ever heard, she still made the near fatal mistake of eating sushi the night before a 50 mile race. A Sacramento native, Diane and her husband Mark, now call Tahoe their home, living in Incline Village. A former 6-person team outrigger racer, she now enjoys stepping out the door, and taking on any trail of her choosing. Just don’t ask her which one is her favorite.
Diane created our Castle Peak 100k logo, is our graphics and swag guru and Captains our Mt. Lincoln Aid Station. She is a natural graphics designer, just not a natural pre-race meal, so skip on all pre-race invitations. She has an amusing sense of humor, and will have you belly laughing within minutes of meeting her. Please read on, and get to know our friend Diane.
Oh, and yes, Diane, you said it out loud, now sign up for a 100 already will you!?!
Where are you from and where do you live now?
I grew up in Sacramento and so spent a lot of time in Tahoe as a kid. As an “adult” I’ve lived in SF, NYC and LA. 4 years ago my husband Mark and I happily moved here full-time and we now live in Incline.
When did you begin running and/or long-distance running, if that applies? Why?
My step-dad was the original Forrest Gump. Every day, rain or shine, he’d run 10 miles, come home with a smile on his face and then light up a cigarette. I thought he was nuts; but bored and home for the summer from college I started joining him. I’ve been running ever since (but always passed on the finisher’s smoke).
I ran a bunch of big city road marathons but was always intrigued by the then not-so-popular trail events. I ran my first ultra (the Helen Klein 50K) in 2007 and knew I’d found my tribe
when I stopped at my first Aid Station and found an all-you-can-eat buffet of sweet and salty snacks.
Do you race? Does racing motivate you? if not racing, what motivates you?
I do run races but mostly just to keep myself motivated to train. I’ve always been a bit backwards in my approach to things!
Do you have any dream races (either hoping to qualify for or get selected for)?
Not races but I’d love to experience some of the iconic runs- the Zion Traverse or Grand Canyon’s R2R2R.
Do you have a favorite on-trail food or nutrition strategy? Favorite post-run meal or beverage?
My nutrition strategy is definitely a work in progress. I had a couple years of dealing with stomach issues at longer distances and where I’d pretty well perfected the trailside vomit. I can’t handle gels and sugary stuff so these days I’m sort of a pack mule of real foods. I’ve been known to experiment with all kinds of things thrown into the blender and formed into balls and stuffed into squeeze-tubes. Post-run I’m all about the milkshake. And beer.
What was your favorite running experience this past year?
Just getting out and running when and where I wanted without feeling too much pressure of a training schedule. Running in the Sierras is a bit like being a kid in a candy store!
What was the best running advice you’ve ever received?
“Go for a run first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day”. Norm, my step-dad, said through the haze of a post-run cigarette.
What was your most challenging/ character-building experience this past year?
Dealing with “Snowmageddon 2017”!
What’s the biggest mistake you’ve ever made during a race?
Eating sushi the night before a 50-miler.
What are your upcoming racing/adventure plans?
I’ll admit I’m jealous of all those shiny new belt buckles you club folks have. So maybe a go at a 100-miler (did I say that out loud?).
What do you do for a living? Is it hard to fit in time for training?
I’m a graphic designer/art director who chose to move here and be self-employed. Generally I’m up early and working with a NY client and then I take a break to go for a run.
What led you to join the DPMR?
I went to a snowshoe running talk that Helen and Peter gave shortly after moving here. I eventually got up enough nerve to join in on a springtime training run and realized these are folks who eat nails for breakfast and yet couldn’t be more humble, fun and supportive. And generally there was beer…
What has been your favorite DPMR experience so far?
Definitely being a part of the Castle Peak race.
Favorite local trail?
Isn’t that like asking which kid is your favorite?
What other outdoor or indoor interests do you have?
I used to race on a 6-woman outrigger team when I lived in LA but these days I paddle a single boat (but not enough). Mark and I like to backpack from right out our back door. I also started skate-skiing last winter and humbly accept the years it will take to feel competent at that!
Any interesting facts about yourself you would like to share?
My nick-name is Fred. I have an irrational fear of snakes.