Aeron Genet from Running Divas has enough running in her for the both of us. I always enjoyed hearing about her latest events, her team and how her training was coming along. Aeron is truly an amazing woman and I could only dream of doing half of what she has accomplished on the track. . .post college! Let me introduce you to the Running Diva herself, Aeron Genet.
Aeron, what got you into running?
Back in 1978, I was in the 6th grade and my school held a Turkey Trot. When the 1.5 mile race started I soon found myself in the lead with my PE coach, Ms. Norbeck who was on her bike! After winning that race, Ms. Norbeck encouraged me to run Junior High track and cross country. I have been running ever since and what a testament to the importance of PE teachers!
Running makes me feel "connected" to the earth, myself and friends. It's "motion mediation" where I can reflect on what's going on and solve many, many issues that continue to occupy my mind. I love running because you can do it just about anywhere...even standing in place if necessary. Movement is essential and running is one of the simplest ways for me to integrate this into my life. Again, I have been running since the sixth grade only to take off from competition for about 6 years in pursuit of a corporate career. I quickly returned when my husband and I relocated to the Central Coast of California.
Who inspires you? My husband (coach) Marc and Linda Somers Smith (US Olympian in the marathon) who at age 51 continues to kick my butt and get close to her lifetime PRs.
What was your best track event and what was the worst?
My best event is the 800 meters, short and sweet! In hind sight I wish I would have focused more on the 800 after my college competition. My worst event is the 5000 meters on the track. It's just not my strength to grind out lap after lap on the track and maintain focus/ intensity for over 12 laps in a race.
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