I know Tiffany from the place where I know many and most of my running friends, Fleet Feet Sports. Tiffany has been training and mentoring there longer than me; I remember her from training runs, but vaguely, as we don’t train at the same pace. I think the place where I first talked to her at length was during the NCRC (North Carolina Road Runners) Classic Half Marathon three years ago. I was running with a friend when we came up on Tiffany or she on us (I don’t remember which), and we talked and got to know her a little better. She was pacing the race, carrying a sign that had the time she would finish on it, so that anyone who was running and wanted to finish at that time could join her group, run her pace, and finish with the desired time. Since then, I realized how often I see Tiffany pacing at local races: a lot! And she does a kick ass job of it; to testify to this, I wrote about her pacing magic extensively in my Tobacco Road Half Marathon Race Recap this past March.
I thought today would be fitting to publish this featured runner post about Tiffany. The second year that I ran the NCRC, I also ran a stretch of it with Tiffany. And today, my third time running it, I ran with her again for part of it. I feel like I’ve gotten to know Tiffany better this past spring as we were again training and mentoring other runners at the same home base, and I hope this continues! She is inspiring, funny, genuine, and has one of the world’s sweetest dogs, Layla. Continue reading