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Veronica Carson is one of the toughest runners out on the trails today.  Already an avid road runner, Veronica was introduced to trail running at the Blazing 7s 25k race and was hooked after running through the sand at 7-IL Ranch.  Veronica has made her mark so far at Jackalope Jam (100k) and Brazos Bend (50 miles), and we can’t wait to see what she sets her sights on next!

10 Questions with Veronica:

What’s the most useless talent you have?

I can fall asleep absolutely ANY/EVERYWHERE at the drop of a hat – I will be out cold within minutes of getting comfortable.

What is the dumbest way you have been injured?

Growing up, I was always super clumsy – rolling ankles, falling off moving boats, and tripping over nothing (except my own feet).  Nothing ever held me back, except for being completely embarrassed. One day at grade school, I tried to flip over some monkey bars and I fractured my wrist!  My mom was so pissed!

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve read or seen this week?

I’ve been reading all of Rob’s blogs.  He really knows how to say things that make me want to keep pushing forward. Determination, motivation, and resilience are what I feel when I read what he’s going through.  It really pumps me up.

I’ve also been reading “Relentless Forward Progress: A Guide to Running Ultras.”  This is really opening my eyes up to a lot of things I haven’t been doing to make myself become a better runner.

 What is the most distant place you’ve visited?

Cancun.  My husband and I went for our first vacation and it was Amazing! Iraq would technically be the most distant for me, but I “technically” didn’t visit the place – I was sent there.

 Favorite running shoes

My all-time favorite trail shoes so far have been the Altra Superiors 3.0. I’m still experimenting with different shoes, but those seem to be the most comfy.

For the road and my treadmill training, I love the Brooks Pure Connect 4s and Sketchers Go Run (all of them!!).

Favorite time of day to run

I’ve always been an evening runner! With work and constantly staying busy, evenings seem to be the best for me.  I also love to see the sun setting and enjoy the nice cool breeze you get at the end of a long day.

 Favorite song on your playlist

Oh My God… I just heard the new single from Bishop Briggs “White Flag,” and it has been on repeat since!! I love her!

What accomplishment are you most proud of?

I am definitely beyond proud of myself for my recent finishes of the 100k at Jackalope Jam and the 50 miler at Brazos! I never would have thought that I could have pushed myself to those limits.  Running has been an outlet for me.  I run “just cuz” – no thought behind it or real training schedule. These two accomplishments mean so much more to me.  My mental toughness has developed so much and I am beyond happy to say that I’ve accomplished mileage like that.

Favorite ice cream flavor

Rocky Road, hands down!

 What trait do you like most about yourself?

I would have to say my determination. Once I put my mind to something, I will complete the task at hand.  It’s hard sometimes, but quitting and/or giving up is something that is very hard for me to accept.