TROT Ambassador

TROT Ambassador: Rachel Adamson

Rachel Adamson

 

What are you goals for 2016?

1)  In 2016 I hope to get stronger and faster. I've seen I can go the distance, but I want to do it faster and more efficiently.

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

2)     I started running in 2010. I was 272 pounds and watched a movie about Badwater. I thought why not me? I haven't looked back since.

                Most recent race/achievement that you are proud of?

        3) I'm proud of every single run, but Rocky Raccoon 100 2015 still takes the          cake for me. It was my first attempt at 100, and I was successful. Many                  great people saw me along for that race and the training involved.

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

       4) I am learning to love time on my road bike. I started riding in 2014, but             was never serious about it until a few months ago. A quad injury after                   pacing at badwater 135 this past summer helped to rekindle my interest. I           also really love lifting weights.

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

       5) I'm a former high school English teacher. I now homeschool my two                 children. There's nothing better than being there to witness their                             educational growth, and with our frequent travels(recreational and                       racing), it is especially sweet to just load up the camper and do lessons on           the road. 

TROT Ambassador: Brian Corbett

Brian Corbett

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

My running goals this year are to run a 6 minute mile, run at least 1 mile everyday (under 12:00 pace), and complete the Texas two step (BB50 & BB100).

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

I started running in January 2013 as a way to lose weight after getting up to 250 lbs and being unhappy with myself.

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

My most recent finish was Franklin Mountains 50k.

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

I like to camp with my family at Cub Scout outings.

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 work as a process operator at the Citgo refinery in Sulphur, Louisiana.

 

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 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 :)

Team Trot Ambassador Josue Quilliou

Josue Quilliou

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

As my A-race for 2016 is now over (Bandera 100K), I feel free to jump on new projects and keep having fun! That includes running the awesome TROT races (especially the new ones and the now famous Franklin Mountain Race !) and do 1 or 2 more 100k race. Ideally, I'd like to race on qualifying races for Leadville 100 and Hardrock 100, so I'll work on it in the next few weeks and finalize my calendar. Oh, and I'll probably sign up for a full Ironman distance!

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

I started in 2011 when I moved to Norway. The wild and mountains were just at my door and I just embraced it! Even though I miss the mountains (yeah, Texas is a bit flat...), the friendships that got built with the trail running family in Houston, especially TROT, is so strong and motivational that I keep pushing my limits!

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

Well, my two 100k races are the most awesome experiences that I'm proud of. Habanero 100, where I managed to stay awake, even after 19h of race, and Bandera 100 where I hit the wall and managed to overcome it. Both events were life changing experiences!

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

I love triathlon, especially for the cross training aspect of it. A full Ironman distance is a side project for this year.

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 safety engineer in the Oil & Gas industry. I'm sitting behind my desk most of the day, that's why I grab any opportunity to get out and run with my friends! 

Meet Stephen Moore Team TROT Ambassador

Stephen Moore

1- Going into 2016 is to get healthy 1st after a injury late in 2015 and focus on getting as prepared as I can for Leadville Trail 100.  I'll run as many TROT races as I can ending 2016 back at Brazos Bend for hopefully another 100 mile finish. 

 

2- I've been running seriously for 2 years. I tried it for a few months in 2013 but it didn't stick.  I started running because I wanted to change my life.  Someone told me once to get a hobby so after running some in the Air Force years ago I thought why not? Once I got on trails and shortly after discovering Ultra's I was hooked and now sink most of my life around this great sport. 

 

3- My most recent finish that I'm proud of was Pumpkin Hollar 100. I had pacers but went without a crew and other than turning a ankle bad 70 miles in, I had a really cool day. 

 

4- I recently got back into the gym pretty heavy.  Like 6 days a week.  I tried it some in 2015 and it helped but when I stopped is when I eventually wound up getting hurt. Core & Strength training is so under rated and I'm fortunate enough to have a coach that pushes me hard to go get that extra work in daily. 

 

5- To pay for my running I'm a product support rep for a heavy equipment company. Basically I try to solve issues with customers and/or my employer.  It's a cool gig n allows me some freedom to stick to a training plan with my run    My other passion outside of running is live music. I love the independent bands where guys just scrape by playing songs that they've written. 

Trot Ambassador Dawn Burris

 

 

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Dawn Burris

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

I want to continue to encourage other runners to challenge themselves with trail running and longer distances.  For me personally, continue eating healthy, staying fit and challenging myself with more Ultra races and different terrains.

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

I was never a runner but once a friend signed me up for Gusher 5K in May, 2010, I became hooked. I will be eternally grateful to her for getting me started and on the road to many great adventures and meeting so many runners, who I now consider some of my best friends.

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

In November, took a road trip to El Paso for Franklin Mountains 50K with some of my favorite running buddies.  This was my first mountain race and the most challenging to date – was super excited to finish and looking forward to tackling it again in Sep 2016.

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

Main focus has been running over the last 5+ years, minimal cross training, planks and squats, at home on non-run days. 

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 Project Coordinator for Wells Fargo and sit behind a desk and work on my laptop for 8 hours a day.  I look forward to the end of day when I can get out in the fresh air for a run or take a long runcation weekend

Meet Michelle Gochis our Team TROT Ambassador

Michelle Gochis

Michelle Gochis

 

1.)   What goals do you have, (personal or running related), going into 2016?  I want to run as many 100 milers as possible, each faster and stronger. I plan to run the Stagecoach 100 Ultra in September, from Flagstaff to the Grand Canyon. I plan to train hard for that, and each race between now and then will be a training run for it. 

2.)   How long have you been running and how did you get into the sport? I ran track in 5th grade and never stopped running. My mom ran a lot when I was a kid, and she would take me with her on my bike, and then running alongside her when I was old enough to keep up. I started training for my first marathon about 6 years ago, when my kids were old enough for me to take the time to train. I ran 2 marathons, two weeks apart, then started running ultras.

3.) Most recent race/achievement that you are proud of? My biggest race achievement would be the 100 miles I just completed at Snowdrop 2015.

4.) What other outdoor pursuits or cross training endeavors do you participate in? I love going to Crossfit. It helps a lot with running.

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 work at the high school my kids attend.  I love being able to see my kids all day. It helps keep us connected with life as busy as ours is. I run for the love of running, races are just fun. I will always be a runner, and I hope to inspire others to get out and love it too. 

Meet Team TROT Ambassador Mark Gehringer

 Marc "The Real Deal" Gehringer

Mark Gehringer

 

1)     What goals do you have, (personal or running related), going into 2016? Be a stronger runner by focusing on: daily nutrition, weekly speed work, gym/core work 2x/week.  Measurement of this goal will be reflected in how I am physically feeling a the end of long ultras later in the year.

 

2) How long have you been running and how did you get into the sport? I have been running my entire life.  It has always been a part of me and an identity for me.  In 3rd grade I ran and won my first spring and became the class "fast kid". In the 4th grade I won my first trophy (21st place overall) for the cross country season.  Ran in jeans and Stadia brand shoes back then.

 

3) Most recent race/achievement that you are proud of? I am most proud of my 2nd 100 mile race finish in 2015 at Brazos Bend 100.  It was special because I DNFed the same race in 2014.

 

4) What other outdoor pursuits or cross training endeavors do you participate in? I love camping.  I do more RV camping now with the family, but I have always loved tenting and cooking over an open flame all weekend.

Meet Team TROT Ambassador Venus Turner

VENUS TURNER

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.