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TEAM TROT AMBASSADOR TREVOR MEDING

Trevor Meding is fast, fearless and relentless when it comes to ultra-marathon running.  But, did you know that he rarely ran before the age of 35?  After some serious introspection, Trevor decided it was time to change his sedentary lifestyle and he registered for the Red Deer Half Marathon. With only 5 weeks of training and his trusty Nike+ phone app, Trevor achieved his goal of a sub-2 hour finish time and was well on his way to becoming a kick ass ultra runner. Trevor won his first 100 mile race at River Valley Revenge in June 2017 and followed up with a sub-21 hour finish at BB100 last December.  Trevor has now set his sights on the San Felipe Shootout and the BB100k races as his next big challenges for the spring race season.  Don’t forget to wave at Trevor when he passes you on the trail!

 

10 Questions with Trevor:

What’s the most useless talent you have?

I can wiggle my ears.
 

What is the dumbest way you have been injured?

Diving into the corner of a coffee table when I was young and stupid.

Running wise I have yet to be injured (minus the battering of toes in ultras).


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

More running articles and writeups on social media leading up to the Barkely Marathons. I’ve been clicking on all those links and stories getting ready for this year’s event to follow.

 

What is the most distant place you’ve visited?

Australia, Egypt, & Abu Dhabi all for work. Not sure which is the furthest away, but they were all interesting to see and work with different people and cultures.

 

Favorite running shoes

Ever since I discovered Altra I have not looked back. #embracethespace

 

Favorite time of day to run

Usually after work to relieve some stress. But honestly I just run when I can due to work and busy family life.

 

Favorite song on your playlist

Hadouken – Levitate

 

What accomplishment are you most proud of?

Going from off the couch to running, completing, and winning my first 100mi race only 14 months after starting the journey.

 

Favorite ice cream flavor

Mint Chocolate Chip

 

What trait do you like most about yourself?

Grit. Ability to be able to grind through anything.

Team TROT Ambassador Meg Reed

If you haven’t heard the name “Meg Reed” yet, you will after this weekend’s event at the Crazy Desert Trail Race.  Meg started running a little over a year ago, and she’s already established herself as a hardcore competitor with her 1st place finish at Wildflower Trail Run Marathon, 1st place at Tinajas Ultra (13.1 miler), 1st place at Bandera (25 miler), 1st place at J&J Trail Running Reunion (50 miler), 2nd place at Paleface Marathon, and 2nd place at Wild Hare (50k).  WOW!  Meg will be bringing her killer pace to San Angelo this weekend as she races for the podium in the 100k event.

 

10 Questions with Meg:

What’s the most useless talent you have?

I can’t really think of one.
 

What is the dumbest way you have been injured?

When I was 10, I had the bright idea to jump off a swing in mid-air, turn around and land sitting down in a lawn chair. I jumped, didn’t turn, landed on the chair and broke both the chair and my arm.


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

An article about thru-hiking the AT.

 

What is the most distant place you’ve visited?

Aruba, I got to live there a couple years as a kid. No trails but lots of caves.

 

Favorite running shoes

Roads: Saucony Zealot ISO3

Trails: Salomon Sense Ride
 

Favorite time of day to run

Mornings.

 

Favorite song on your playlist

Anything classic rock or Texas country but I never listen to music while running.

 

What accomplishment are you most proud of?

My biggest accomplishment is always the last thing I have set out to do and completed. Winning the Texas Trail Championship Series last fall was pretty awesome too.
 

Favorite ice cream flavor

Mango sorbet

 

What trait do you like most about yourself?

I am very persistent. When the going gets tough, keep on keeping on.

Team TROT Ambassador Lisa Decker

If you have run a TROT race within the past 3 years, you have seen our next ambassador volunteering and supporting the runners all over Texas.  Lisa Decker is a second year ambassador who truly defines the “ambassador” role through her outgoing nature and tireless volunteerism. Get to know a little more about Lisa and see why she is one of our best!

 

10 Questions with Lisa:

What’s the most useless talent you have?

Tripping on nothing! Doesn’t matter the shoes or surface, I will trip 5 times a day!! However I rarely fall, so I have that going for me!


What is the dumbest way you have been injured?

When I was a kid, I tried to jump on the side step of my dad’s truck as he was parking (saw older sister do it a million times). I slipped, fell and my leg got ran over! Badly sprained ankle from the fall and pretty nasty tire bruise on my thigh! No broken bones though!!


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

All the Lonestar100 race reports have been interesting to read!

 

What is the most distant place you’ve visited?

Harrisburg, PA (I only remember going to Hershey Park and coming home with chicken pox!)

 

Favorite running shoes

Altra Timps for trail. Altra Paradigm for road.
 

Favorite time of day to run

Until Snowdrop, it was always sunrise. After Snowdrop, it’s between midnight and 4am when everyone is sleeping!

 

Favorite song on your playlist

“Til I Collapse”- Eminem or “Jackal and Hyde”- 5 Finger Death Punch


What accomplishment are you most proud of?

Finishing Snowdrop this year and earning my first buckle! I never imagined I could finish 100 miles and now I’m itching to earn even more buckles!!.
 

Favorite ice cream flavor

Peppermint stick ice milk from Dewars in Bakersfield, CA

 

What trait do you like most about yourself?

My stubbornness and willpower....definitely has gotten me to finish a few races I wasn’t quite trained for! LOL It’s also rare to catch me without a smile on the trails!

Team TROT Ambassador Rosalba Zuniga

It’s Lone Star 100 week, and we are highlighting an El Paso Ambassador to show you how tough our West Texas team really is!  Rosalba Zuniga completed her first 50k in 2017 at the Cactus to Cloud race in NM and followed up with the Bryce Canyon 50k in UT a few months later.  She’s running her first 100 miler this weekend at Lone Star because she wanted to challenge herself with one of the toughest mountain races in the country.  We know that Rosalba is an exceptional trail runner, and she will leave her mark on the Franklin Mountains this weekend as she races towards her epic finish.

10 Questions with Rosalba:

What’s the most useless talent you have?

Paddle boarding, definitely a useless talent living in the desert.


What is the dumbest way you have been injured?

Not running related: I was cutting butter and cut myself with a butter knife. There was blood, but instead of me getting a bandaid, my kids laughed so hard and said that must be the dumbest way to get hurt. My kids won't ever let me live it down.


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

“When you think about it, what other choice is there but to hope. We have two options, medically and emotionally: give up or fight like hell." Lance Armstrong

 

What is the most distant place you’ve visited?

Korea

 

Favorite running shoes

I'm an Asics kind of girl
 

Favorite time of day to run

Night runs

 

Favorite song on your playlist

Mis Sentimientos feat Ximena By Los Angeles Azules


What accomplishment are you most proud of?

My first ever 50k last year Cactus to Cloud with 9,000 feet of elevation gain. All vertical climbing for the first 10 miles, and the rest of the course was not easy. It was just supposed to be a training run for my first ever 50k at Bryce Canyon. I came in with a wonderful time and finished with the first 5 people. This is the place I fell in love with 50ks.
 

Favorite ice cream flavor

Cookies and cream

 

What trait do you like most about yourself?

I love that I'm adventurous and very strong willed.

Team TROT Ambassador Victor Valenzuela

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This week’s ambassador needs no introduction!  Known simply as “Vic200,” Victor Valenzuela established himself as a true endurance runner and all around trail-connoisseur in 2017 with his 100 mile finishes at BB100, Dinosaur Valley Endurance Run, Orion 100, Blazing 7s 100, Jackalope Jam, and Rocky Raccoon 100. Victor completed the Texas Independence Relay as a solo runner, and he managed to eat at every Whataburger along the route from Gonzalez to the San Jacinto Monument!
10 Questions with Vic200:
What’s the most useless talent you have? 
I can eat the spiciest food others could not tolerate. 

What is the dumbest way you have been injured?
When I was 13 I drove a moped scooter straight to a fence. Injury kept me out of school for 1 week, so I must say it was a win for me.

Whats the most interesting thing you’ve read or seen this week? 
Oh Lawwd! In spin class someone's tight pants tore up right in front of me.

What is the most distant place you’ve visited? 
610 & Kirby.

Favorite running shoes? 
It would have to be my Altra LonePeaks and my Xero Z-trail sandals.

Favorite time of day to run?
I hate waking up early so evening runs are the best for me.

Favorite song on your playlist?
Hit'em up by Tupac.

What accomplishment are you most proud of? 
The Texas Independence Relay as a solo runner.

Favorite ice cream flavor? 
Blue Bell ice cream without lysteria. 

What trait do you like most about yourself? 
My mental game.It is stronger than a Jedi..(I just can't move things by not touching them,yet)
 

Team TROT Ambassador: Jenn Kirpatrick

Let’s give a big TROT welcome to new ambassador Jenn Kirpatrick! Jenn is a CERTIFIED BADASS as she completed her first IRONMAN 70.3, qualified for Boston, and crushed her first 50k, 50 mile, and 100 mile race in 2017.  Jenn runs with the Renegade Endurance Club, and she will be pacing at Running the Rose  this weekend.

10 Questions with Jenn:

 

What’s the most useless talent you have?

I am an obsessive packer, as far as ultras go.  Now, I feel this is a very useful talent, but my teammates are merciless in making fun of me for all the stuff I bring.

 

What is the dumbest way you have been injured?

Non-running:  I tried to do a flip on rings on a swing set once, and ended up knocking off a piece of bone from the ball of my foot.  It’s still floating around in there, I’ve been told. 

 

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

I’ve been reading the book, No Meat Athlete and that is giving me a lot to think about. 

 

What is the most distant place you’ve visited? 

Seattle

 

Favorite running shoes  Road: Adidas Adizero Adios; Trail: Salomon Sense Ride

 

Favorite time of day to run  Middle of the night.  There’s something magical about it.   

 

Favorite song on your playlist Thunderstruck by AC/DC

 

What accomplishment are you most proud of? My 100 mile finish at Brazos Bend, for sure.  But it was the whole package – the race was just the victory lap.  The real transformation happened during training.  Pure awesomeness!!

 

Favorite ice cream flavor   

Isn’t the real question “What is your favorite Blizzard?”  In that case, M&M.

 

What trait do you like most about yourself?   My ability to stay calm and think in stressful situations.  It’s extremely helpful when you are managing unexpected hurdles during a race, but even more so when, let’s say, someone steals your wallet & car keys at a volleyball tournament and you’re 200 miles away from home.   

Team TROT Ambassador: Charles Fisher

The 2018 TROT Ambassador Team is here!  Starting this week, we will profile one outstanding Ambassador so you can get to know them!  We will start our introductions with Charlie Fisher, who is a newbie to the Ambassador Team but a certified PRO to the Houston trail running community.  Enjoy Charlie’s answers to our thought provoking questions below :)

10 Questions with Charlie:

What’s the most useless talent you have?

I can curl my tongue. That is the only thing that comes to mind…Useless I don't know?


What is the dumbest way you have been injured?

Not Running Related - Falling out of a tree and ending up with a broken arm when I was about 9 years old.


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

“Really Ugly Shark Tired Of Being Mistaken For Hammerhead” reported by the Onion? Fake news, who knows these things?? It was a semi intriguing read!! Poor ugly shark

What is the most distant place you’ve visited? Innsbruck, Austria

Favorite running shoes

Altra Lone Peak 3.5. I love this shoe, they were my 3rd pair of Lone Peaks. I'll keep buying them until they discontinue them. Gotta love Altras!!


 

Favorite time of day to run

In the morning, right before sunrise. There is nothing like watching the sun come up over the horizon while running. It’s intoxicating. If you are a runner you get it, If not that sucks for you. Sleep tight.

 

Favorite song on your playlist

Mess is Mine - by Vance Joy


What accomplishment are you most proud of?

Oh boy, I’d have to say my first 50 Miler at Brazos Bend this past December. That was a very special day for me, not only for the accomplishment but for the people I got to share it with.
 

Favorite ice cream flavor

Coffee!! A close second is Pistachio

 

What trait do you like most about yourself?

I've been told that I’m very “Go with the flow..” For example if someone asks me….. “Hey, what pace or finish time are you looking for at a race?”… I’ll generally say, “However this body performs today is what I got...” I’m very chill that way and I like to think that is how I am in everyday life. So I suppose I can be fairly chill….Relaxed and out going perhaps?

 

Meet TROT Ambassador: James Villanueva

James Villanueva

 

1) What is your goals in 2016? My goal is to do my first 100k and 100 miler.. I would also want to do the TROT two step!!!

2) How long have you been running? I have been running off and on since 2010.

Two knee surgeries and maybe ankle surgery soon...:( I was 225 and entered a biggest loser contest at work. I won the grand prize which was about 1200$. I also lost 76 lbs in the process...! Running allows me to unwind for the day to day operations of life..

3) What is your most proud accomplishment? Franklin Mts. I walked 99.9 of the 50k with  a torn ankle tendon just to have that awesome metal!!!

4) What other outdoor pursuits do you have? Since I can't run I took up Disc golf!!! I love the outdoors!!!!! I love to lift weights as well!!!

5) What do you do when your not running? I'm an administrative driver... For PSI in Temple... I like to think I'm a jack of all trades there.

Meet the Team Trot Ambassador Marc Henn

Marc Henn

 

1.) What goals do you have, (personal or running related), going into 2016?

My goals have somewhat changed this year.  I started off the year with my training going amazingly well and feeling stronger than I've ever felt ramping up toward running my first 50 miler but then I came down with a sore achillies and I've been nursing that since.  I'll be slowly starting to train this week and will hopefully be ready to run the San Felipe Shootout in March and if things go really well the Brazos Bend 50 in April.  One goal I'm also hoping to achieve is earning the TROT 10 award which means I need to run (and finish) most of the TROT races this year. 

2.) How long have you been running and how did you get into the sport?

I started running just over two years ago.  I signed up with a goal to finish a 5k without walking and after a month of training I was able to do it on race day.  After that I caught the running bug and soon after that I was introduced to trail running.

3.) Most recent race/achievement that you are proud of?

Running the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim to Rim was just an amazing life experience.  We took our time, took tons of pictures, and smelled the roses along the way but it was a very difficult.  I'd also say I'm also proud to have finished the Franklin Mountain 50k and look forward to running that again.  Not even counting the climbing it was the most difficult trail race I've ever run but also one of the most rewarding.

4.) What other outdoor pursuits or cross training endeavors do you participate in? 

I enjoy camping with my family.  We probably average a dozen or so trips a year all over the state.  I'll normally pick spots that also have trail running options.  I also play tennis and enjoy going dove or duck hunting. 

5.) Other than running and being an amazing human being, whats your day job or what keeps you busy during the day to day?

I'm a Certified Financial Planner practitioner and have my own practice in Temple, Texas.  I enjoy helping people pursue their financial goals though planning and investing.  I also have 2 daughters who are also very active, playing soccer and running an occasional 5k.

Team TROT Ambassador Crystal Torres

Crystal Torres

1.) What goals do you have, (personal or running related), going into 2016? In 2016, I am hoping to place in my age group for the Texas Trail Championship ultra series. I am also hoping to place in my age group for the TROT Cup. I'm also hoping to kick some serious butt at Franklin Mountains and PR at the Cactus Rose 50

2.) How long have you been running and how did you get into the sport? I have been running since 2011 and in 2012 I did my first race which was an obstacle course race with my mom. I started running simply to lose weight. I started at 244 and have lost a total of 90lbs since then. I first started running/ walking around a local park, eventually I was able to run a mile without stopping. Once I was able to do that I worked my way up to a 5k, 10k and eventually a half marathon in 2014. Last year 2015 is when it got really fun for me! In 2014 Brazos Bend Half Marathon was my first big trail race away from home and i fell in love with the sport of trail running. I took my trail running all over the state in 2015. I loved seeing the world through new eyes and exploring the beauty of nature.

3.) Most recent race/achievement that you are proud of? I placed 2nd in the female 20-29 Texas Trail Championship series. It was my first year competing and I was so very excited and also a little taken by surprise. This year I'll be competing in the Texas Trail Championship (ultra division) as well as the TROT Cup.

4.) What other outdoor pursuits or cross training endeavors do you participate in? I love weight lifting and hula hooping. Weight lifting keeps my whole body strong but helps me strengthen on certain muscle groups that may be weak. Hula hooping is great cardio and an amazing core workout. It's actually how I first got active. I love the carefree feeling of hoop dancing under the sun. I just love being challenged, I've also participated in various OCRs and also done a goruck event.

5.) Other than running and being an amazing human being, whats your day job or what keeps you busy during the day to day?
I'm a graphic designer for a flexible packaging company. My day is mostly spent on the computer setting up graphics for print production, color matching items, photographing objects, copy editing, and figuring out the best way via print to create the customers desired look.

Meet Team TROT Ambassador Venus Turner

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1.) What goals do you have, (personal or running related), going into 2016?
Personal- going back to school
Running- I want to run my first 100k and my first 100 miler. Run more 50 milers and of course improve my times.
Will be running road races such as The Woodlands Marathon, TIR Relay and Mexico City Marathon.

2.) How long have you been running and how did you get into the sport?
I've been running 7 years the first 4 1/2 years I was a recreational runner and never ran a race before. Everything changed once I ran my first 5k. I started running as part of warm up at a boot camp class I took. I didn't know I was going to like running. After I finished the class I'd go a run around the neighborhood. Started by running a mile and increased the distance until I was able to run 6 miles everyday. It's funny because I was embarrassed to run in shorts and tank tops so I'd wear sweat pants and short sleeve shirts.

3.) Most recent race/achievement that you are proud of?
My first 50 mile race made me feel so proud of myself and of that big accomplishment.

4.) What other outdoor pursuits or cross training endeavors do you participate in?
I have been training at the gym with free weights and a personal trainer.

5.) Other than running and being an amazing human being, whats your day job or what keeps you busy during the day to day? Another one of the things I love as much as running is cooking! I love cooking and being able to create dishes and play with the flavors of the food! That keeps me busy.