You might recognize our June Member Highlight, Holly Ryerson, from her many hours of volunteering at the Cal 2 Aid Station during the Canyons Endurance Runs, or serving food at the Memorial Day Picnic. We are very excited to welcome Holly to our DPMR family, and super grateful for the energy and enthusiasm she puts into volunteering.
Where are you from and where do you live now?
I grew up in North County, San Diego in a town called Leucadia. Now I live in Soda Springs (Plavada) near the Yuba River with my husband Henry, my step-daughter Lily, Ande the dog & Einstein the cat.
When did you begin running and/or long-distance running, if that applies? Why?
I’m relatively new to long-distance running. I’ve played competitive soccer my entire life and I’ve always enjoyed running for fun. As a kid, in P.E. class, I would always try to beat the boys. I grew up riding horses and my mother competed in Ride & Tie races. My father also instilled in me a deep love of our national parks and hiking. I feel at home when I’m on the trail, and with that I’ve recently been pulled toward distance running as a new passion.
Do you race? Does racing motivate you? If not racing, what motivates you?
I don’t have an extensive racing background. I ran hurdles in high school, and the 200m and 400m. Having a race on my schedule motivates me to be consistent and driven in my training. I am very competitive, but I am also aware that pride & ego can be a source of folly, so I try to keep it in check. I really enjoy the camaraderie that happens organically on the trail and during a race. You bond with people out there and I just love that. Like any sport, having fun and being respectful is the most important thing.
Do you have any dream races (either hoping to qualify for or get selected for)?
The UTMB. It gives me chills just thinking about it. That event seems so far-off and beyond where I am at right now, yet something I still want to do one day. As well, I’d love to get back to my horseback riding roots and compete in a ride & tie event. Of course there is a little race called the Western States…if I could get in!
Do you have a favorite on-trail food or nutrition strategy? Favorite post-run meal or beverage?
I’m all about organic & real whenever possible, but I try not to limit or restrict myself too harshly. I used to force GU down the hatch, but I think it’s disgusting, so I skip it now. I like the idea of re-fueling every 90-minutes (the length of a soccer game is how my body likes it). Skratch Labs for hydration, Trail Butter, Banana, potato chips, and Honey Stinger waffles are some of my favorites. I do enjoy a nice beer after a run.
Do you have a favorite recipe to share?
I love roasting a bunch of veggies on a sheet pan. 450 degrees for 15-20mins. Sweet Potato, beets, carrots, kale, broccoli, cauliflower (or whatever you have in the house) & drizzle of olive oil + salt & pepper. I like to throw it over some quinoa or greens, top with avocado & chia seeds and I feel like superwoman!
What was your most memorable running experience this past year?
Running the Mighty Dog 10K at Folsom Lake in April with my dog Ande was something I will always cherish. It was a well organized and fun event, and the dogs were all having such a great time. We ended up finishing 3rd overall with a PR. My dog and I made a pretty sweet team that day and I am so grateful we were able to share that experience.
What was your most challenging/ character-building experience this past year?
I have had some health issues this year. I was very sick the entire month of March and was unable to leave my bed. My body was totally depleted and I have had to completely rebuild myself. Since recovering from that, I have over-done my training and now I am currently doing PT for persisting hip pain. As of mid-May I am not allowed to run for about a month, which is challenging in itself, but I accept it and I will get through it. First world problems! I see these little bumps as gifts because they have helped me grow mentally, they have taught me humility, as well as extreme gratitude for my health. I am also finding more compassion for others because you just never know what someone is dealing with. We all have our battles and I remind myself that many people out there have it much, much worse than I do.
What are your upcoming racing/adventure plans?
If the universe wills it, I’ll be toeing the line at the Overlook 25K (or is it really 30K LOL) in Foresthill in September, and the North Face Endurance Challenge 50K in the Marin Headlands in November.
What do you do for a living? Is it hard to fit in time for training?
I am the Spa Director at Lahontan Golf Club in Truckee. I spend a lot of my time at the Spa, but I am fortunate to work for a company and with a team of individuals that support my goals, and I am able to create a schedule that allows me time to train. Even if I am short on time, I always remind myself that something is better than nothing. My husband also helps out in any way he can so I have time outside of work to train. I couldn’t do anything that I do without his love and support.
What led you to join the DPMR?
I was looking for a way to get more connected with local trail runners and somehow stumbled upon DPMR’s facebook page. I signed up on the spot and I am so glad that I did! It has lead me down a path of meeting new friends and learning more about trail running! This is such an awesome community!
What has been your favorite DPMR experience so far?
Volunteering at the Cal 2 Aid Station for the Canyons 100K!! It was a truly rewarding and inspiring experience for me. I learned a ton, and it made me feel good to be able to help and encourage people. I also got to meet some really wonderful souls working at the aid station, and their dedication to the sport is selfless, unwavering, and just, rad! The beer & burritos were superb, and I got to pick Spike Wimmer’s brain all day…he is a wealth of information! I look forward to volunteering in the future and I am very blessed I had the opportunity to help!
Favorite local trail?
This is tough because the trail system in Tahoe is endless! I really love going to Long Lake and then taking the Palisade Creek Trail out & back. It’s challenging but there is something so beautiful and rugged about the energy out there. Devil’s Peak looms impressively and always makes an impact on me. If I am working, I will often have a trot through Martis Valley or Waddle Ranch before or after work.
What other outdoor or indoor interests do you have?