Nearly all runners remember a specific mile in their first marathon for all the wrong reasons. This memory (aka nightmare) is typically located between mile 19 and 22 when a marathoner crashes headfirst into the proverbial “wall”. Jill Himlan avoided this common nightmare during the 2012 LA Marathon; in fact she ran her fastest mile over the final 5,280 feet of the race. Jill’s nightmare-less Sunday lead her to run a 3:14 first marathonâ€¦not a bad first marathon memory
Name: Jill Himlan
Nicknames: Jillber, Jillybean, JH, Jiller, The Jill, Big Red (apparently)
Hometown: Santa Cruz, CA
Family: My dad is 6’6″ and my mom is 5’2″. My mom was a high school gymnast and my dad was more of the car/fix-it/tool kind of guy. I have one brother who is 30 years old and is a phenomenal surfer. They all live in Santa Cruz, CA.
Other sports, hobbies, interests, etc.: Basketball, saxophone, any kind of fitness challenge, reading, baking, riding my bike, the beach, and generally loving life.
Most Prized Possession: My two furball rescue mutts. I just adore my dogs, Sophie and Piper.
Favorite Food: : It’s a tie between sushi and jellybeans
Favorite Movies: Pretty Woman (typical, I know)
Favorite Spectator Sports: College basketball, gymnastics, and track and field.
Car I’d Love to be Driving: A horse at sunset. That’s a car, right?
My friends describe me as: Determined
My trademark expression is: I have yet to apply to the USPTO for one.
If money were not a consideration, I would love to: Stay in the legal profession, but shift my focus to improving animals’ rights. Did I already say that I adore my dogs?
In the next 5 years, I hope to: I have too many aspirations to fit into this response. Suffice it to say, I hope to be healthy, happy, andâ€¦to dominate.
In the next 10 years, I hope to:Live, laugh, love.
Personal accomplishments: High school valedictorian, Division I collegiate athlete (cross-country), graduated undergrad cum laude majoring in mathematics, graduated law school Order of the Coif (just Google it), and passed the California Bar Exam on the first attempt.
Personal fact that will surprise my friends: I cry easily and often.
Favorite Running Shoes: Asics
Favorite Distance and PR (post collegiate): MHalf-marathon, 1:33:02
Best Race and Why: 2011 Montecito – Summerland Half Marathon. My best race because, although only my second half marathon ever, I was the first female finisher. The course is out and back, and after the turnaround, I heard another female runner who hadn’t yet reached the turnaround say to me: “You are my hero.” I actually shed tears of joy while I continued to run. It was a very proud moment for me.
Worst Race and Why:2011 Gaucho Gallop 10k. I started the race with a mild sprained ankle, stupidly ran the entire thing, and I ended the race just torn-up. I learned my lesson when I couldn’t walk for 4 days on my huge cankle. Oh wait, I almost forgot about Pier to Peak 2011. That was quite painful too and blew out my IT band for two months. Painful races just aren’t much fun.
Average Weekly Mileage (last 12 months): 40-60 miles
Favorite Local Race: Chardonnay 10 miler
Most Memorable Running Experience: See below re: Glory Days PR.
Favorite Place to Run: My new favorite place is the Romero Canyon Trail. Nothing quite compares to the 360 degree view that you get at the top of the trail. It’s like you really are on top of the world.
Glory Days PR: In the sixth grade, I was the fastest kid in my elementary school. We had an all-school 100m race. Not only did I beat everyone (including all the boys), but I proceeded to throw-up on my desk after the race from exhaustion and adrenaline overload. Big day for me. Oh, and in college I ran the 1500m in 5:03.31, which I was pretty excited about.
Realistic Running Goals for this Year: Run my first full marathon.
Wildly Optimistic Running Goals for this year: Win my first full marathon.
Lifetime Running Goals: Do the unthinkable. Always challenge myself. Be the best grandma runner I can be.
Local Running Heroes & Why: Every mom who runs while pushing a stroller.
Personal Training Tips: Make every run worthwhile, don’t overdo it, and always believe in yourself.
Why I Run: Nothing makes me feel better. Running makes me feel strong, confident, powerful, and truly amazing.
I love runners who: Love running.
I don’t care for runners who: Run with a negative attitude or who run to win at any cost.
Suggestions for local races: More trail races.
Suggestions for SBAA: Keep up the hard work.
My views on: Life – teach me, please
Add Anything: I bake a mean cookie.
Favorite Quote:“I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.”
SBAA Member since:2011