Betsy Spaulding

Betsy Spaulding

Betsy and friend

…..isn’t she a rocket scientist (ok, principle scientist)? What, she ran a marathon PR at Boston 2010 (12th place in Age Group), right after she won her age group at SBIM in 2009? Mother of two great daughters, wife of cycling PhD Dave…..is there anything this woman does not do… and do exceptionally well? Read on……Betsy is a winner in all respects……read on.

Name: Betsy Spaulding
Age: 51 (2010)
Nicknames: Pesty
Hometown: Woodland Ca
Employment: Principle Scientist
Family: my patient husband Dave, two beautiful daughters (Eliot and Lexi), three annoying (just kidding) sisters (Becky, Alix and Cathy), great parents (Sally and George) and wonderful in-laws (Allie K and Doug)
Other sports, hobbies, interests, etc.: biking, yoga, snowboarding, reading, gardening, baking and studying Italian
Most Prized Possession: my corgi Lucy and my books
Favorite Food: Anything with tomatoes
Favorite Spectator Sport: Bicycle racing (Tour de France)
Favorite Movie: To Kill a Mockingbird
Car I’d Love to be Driving: Vespa
My friends describe me as: stubborn
My trademark expression is: hmm… not sure on this one
If money were not a consideration, I would love to: 
travel the world, volunteer
In the next 5 years, I hope to: simplify my life, get my kids through college and work less
In the next 10 years, I hope to: retire and live part-time in Tuscany
Personal accomplishments: to have been married for 25 years and raised two great kids. I’ve had multiple peer reviewed scientific articles published and a patent granted.
Personal fact that will surprise my friends: I love to sleep in late and stay up late (unlike most runners I know)
Favorite Running Shoes: Adidas Zero
Favorite Distance and PR (post collegiate): marathon
Best Race and Why: Boston Marathon 2010…marathon PR
Worst Race and Why: Boston Marathon 2010….didn’t feel great and should have gone faster
Average Weekly Mileage (last 12 months): All over the place. Right now only 16 miles a week due to an injury, but 50+ miles a week earlier in the year.
Favorite Local Race: Pier to Peak (but I’ve only done it once).
Most Memorable Running Experience: trail running in Mammoth. It was so beautiful and I saw a bear.
Favorite Place to Run: Hendry’s Beach and Gobernador Canyon.
Glory Days PR: these are the glory days!
Realistic Running Goals for this Year: To get healthy enough to start training for Boston 2011
Wildly Optimistic Running Goals for this year: same as realistic running goals
Lifetime Running Goals: To be able run for the rest of my life!
Local Running Heroes & Why: No individuals, just all the runners that get out there day after day.
Personal Training Tips: I’m not one to give out training tips. I love coffee, don’t drink enough water, don’t cross-train and don’t stretch…although I’m trying to mend my ways. Do the opposite of what I do.
Why I Run: I love it and it makes me a nicer person.
I love runners who: Who try it and keep on doing it.
I don’t care for runners who:What’s not to like about runners?
Suggestions for local races: I don’t have any…there are so many good ones.
Suggestions for SBAA: Don’t have any. It’s a great organization!
Favorite Quote: Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted. Albert Einstein
SBAA Member since: 2009 (I’m a newbie to SBAA but have been running forever)

Betsy Spaulding’s Races

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