Meet Team TROT Runner Carmen Martinez

Carmen Martinez

1. What are you goals for 2016? I have 2 goals for 2016: Running the Franklin Mountains 50k (amazing race with KILLER scenery) and earning a buckle at SnowDrop at the end of the year. I was so disappointed to miss Franklin last year, so this has become my goal race for the year!

2.How long have you been running?  I've only been running for a little over 5 years. I started after a friend convinced me to run the Houston Half Marathon, and I haven't stopped since that first race. Looking back, I can't remember what I did with all my free time (and money) before I started!

3. What is your most recent success in running? I came in 3rd place at the TROT Blazing 7s 50k race!! I remember being extremely surprised when Rob announced that I had placed for my division at this tough race. It may be the only time I earn a respectable finish for a race, but it will stick with me as one of my proudest accomplishments.

4. What other activities do you do other than trail running? In addition to running stairs and weight training, I recently incorporated yoga into my regular cross training workouts. The yoga definitely helps maintain my flexibility while reducing my stress during the week.

5. What keeps you busy on a day to day life?  My workweek is comprised of being an all-around financial/operational guru for my department at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Outside of work, I spend my time raising my two boys AND adopting rescue dogs :)