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Lorri Roberts
Turtlegoesforarun@gmail.com
Tell us a little about yourself.
Hey there! My name is Lorri but don’t be surprised if you hear someone call me Turtle. I’m an Event and Volunteer Coordinator working for a local non-profit called Brightside where I get the pleasure of working with over 30,000 volunteers each year to help plant trees, cleanup our communities, and teach people the importance of keeping Louisville clean, green, and sustainable! I’m originally from San Diego, CA but have lived here in Louisville long enough to call it home, especially since I met my husband here.
How long have you been running? How many races have you done?
I started running in 2007 because of a challenge from my hubby and ended up falling in love.  It wasn’t until July 2013, when I joined the Fleet Feet Louisville training group that the bug really bit me though. Since then I’ve done 17 of my 18 half marathons, 2 marathons, and too many shorter distance races to count!
What is your goal race/s this spring?
I’ll be doing several races this season but my ultimate goal is to PR the Run the Bluegrass Half Marathon on March 31st
What is one piece of advice you wish someone had given you when you were still new to running?
It’s OK to run intervals!  Seriously! You are still a “real runner” when you do!!
Intervals, when done properly, can make you a stronger and faster overall runner! I’ve used interval training for both of my marathons and it was super helpful even though I run without intervals for shorter distances.
What is your favorite running shoe?
I’ve always been a loyal lover of the Mizuno Wave Rider but just recently the Brooks Levitate entered the scene as a real contender.
Tell us your favorite or most memorable running story.
I’ll actually tell you my favorite thing about running… It’s incredible, the journey that running has taken me on. It’s been my comfort, joy, stress relief, my inspiration; humbling and empowering all at once. My training partners have become my family, my tribe, and friends for life. If you had shown the girl I was back in college a picture of who I am now, she never would have believed it. I hardly can now but I am so happy that running found me and that I found the passion and purpose it can give.
What is your favorite thing about the Fleet Feet training program?
When faced with a cold, rainy, blustery run at 7:30a on a Saturday morning and all I really want to do is stay warm in my bed it’s my running partners, ambassadors, and all of the trainees I get to coach, that get me out of bed. It’s not because I want to, though I am pretty fond of running, but it’s because those people care if I show up and that makes me care that much more.  I’ve been a mentor/ambassador for 7 training seasons and Coach for the last 2 for the Fleet Feet Louisville Distance Project half/ full marathon training group and 4 times for the No Boundaries Couch to 5k program. People think that as a Coach or ambassador it’s your job to inspire others, and that’s true, but I can tell you with certainty that I’ve been more inspired by the stories and struggles of the people I’ve mentored and coached than anything I can ever contribute.


 Rita Parks
Miz.rita@aol.com

 
Tell us a little about yourself.
I am employed at the Northeast YMCA onsite daycare in the 3 year old classroom, so I basically chase other people's kids for a living!!  Both my sons were high school/college cross country runners.  Besides running, I enjoy biking, hiking, volleyball, wallyball, gardening, and sewing.  I recently took up pickleball (don't laugh, it’s fun.)

How long have you been running? How many races have you done?
I always considered myself a cross country walker until my younger son finished his college running in 2001.  He suggested I try running and discovered I enjoyed it. I prefer distances of 10+ miles.

What is your goal race/s this spring?
I have signed up for the KDF miniMarathon and will probably run the Papa John's 10 miler.  I am also planning to run either the Run the Bluegrass or the Horse Capitol. 
 
What is one piece of advice you wish someone had given you when you were still new to running?
I learned on my own that I am a social runner and enjoy running more with a group than by myself. 

What is your favorite running shoe?
One that fits well and looks good as well.

Tell us your favorite or most memorable running story.
In 2002 the first Derby Marathon was run.  As I was finishing my mini marathon race that year, running on 6th Street, James Matuse (the eventual winner of the 1st Derby Marathon) turned onto 6th Street.  For a short distance I was running alongside of him and in my mind I was screaming "somebody take my picture, I am running with Matuse".  Sadly no one heard me!!
 
 
 
 

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