Emz will be no stranger to Golden Ultra regulars, because she's a regular herself. Emz will be 3 for 3 with the Golden Ultra when she toes the line this fall.
The love is mutual so we are sharing some of her amazing story with you here on the blog.
Q. What is your background in running?
A. I took up running after I got injured playing volleyball. To be honest, I didn't enjoy it. However, one day after we had moved I went running & got lost. When I got home I mapped out my run & realized I had run just under 9 miles. I was so stoked. Marathon training began shortly thereafter.
Q. What motivated you to get into ultra running distances?
A. To be honest, I was chatting with one of my husband's coworkers. He said it was "cute" how I had run 17 marathons but "real runners run ultras". Then later in the conversation he managed to add that "a Barbie" like me couldn't do it. So I signed up that next day for my first 50 miler. That was all the motivation I needed. My first 50M ended up being the best day ever.
Q. How do you train for altitude in that Arizona heat?
A. Treadmill. Treadmill. Treadmill. Incline. Incline. Incline.
Q. What draws you to our race in the mountains of Golden, BC?
A. It's truly breathtaking. The views. The course. It's unlike ANYTHING I’ve seen in Phoenix and most of Arizona.
Q. Do you have any other plans to explore the area once you get here?
A. I always stop in at Lake Louise & Emerald Lake. Those places are unlike anywhere I've ever been. Simply stunning.
Q. What have you learned about yourself through your ultramarathon-ing journey?
A. That I'm stubborn, that I can do hard things, and that I'm probably more mentally tough than physically.
Q. Any other dream races on the horizon, or other races planned for this summer?
A. Hoping to do Rim to Rim to Rim for the 3rd time. I’m toying with running Javalina Jundred in late October. Western States will always be a race I'd love to do. The year I qualified, I found out I was pregnant...so I'd love to actually get there. My heart really belongs to my 24 hour treadmill runs that I've done for charities. It's been way too long since I have done one.
Q. Do you have any funny / embarrassing / memorable race moments that you’d like to share?
A. I'll be the girl who falls at either mile 4 or 96. I truly have never completed a [non-treadmill] ultra without crossing the finish line bleeding.
Thanks Emz! Can't wait to see you again in September!