About Me

I guess the distance running madness began with my dad who liked to say that anything worth doing was worth doing in excess.  The food preparation passion came from my mom with a little help from the food channel.   The connection between endurance exercise and nutrition was obvious and the marriage happened naturally.  I started running in the early 90s and did my first road race in 1995.  The first marathon, after a verbal kick in the pants from my dad, the runner, came in 2004.  Six months later, I qualified for the Boston Marathon and the rest, as they say, is history.  I’ve done 90 marathons and ultramarathons, including five 100 mile races and a 122.55 miles in a 24 hour race, qualifying to be eligible for the female USA 24 hour team. 

The cooking interest started about the same time that I slipped on my first pair of running shoes, but really got going after marriage to the mighty Marty and the arrival of son Grant.  Imagine me sitting with Grant on my lap and watching Rachael Ray cooking away and making it look so easy.   For the record,  I graduated from James Madison University and have a masters degree in counseling from Auburn University.  I worked for 10 years with patients with their own addictions – drugs and alcohol. It was harder than running ultramarathons.  I once asked Grant, now 12 years old, if he told his classmates that his mother ran 100 mile races.  He said he did but nobody believed him so he didn’t mention it anymore.

If you would like to contact me, my email is beth262@bellsouth.net