Runner Interview: Annette Udall

Runner Interview: Annette Udall

Annette Udall

As my first runner interview, I chose to chat with my dear friend Annette Udall. She has been a runner for years and has taught me a lot about the lifestyle. She has invited me on a number of adventurous trails where we take our time to enjoy the nature around us. She is unbelievably strong no matter if she’s been training hard for something or just enjoying the run; it always amazes me how she can get up and run any distance whether she planned to or not. I look up to her for many reasons and hope to be able to keep running alive in my life the way that she does.


Come get to know Annette!


Background Questions:

When did you start running?

I started running “for real” after my second daughter was born. Before that I was more of a biker, hiker, aerobics gal. I set a goal to run a marathon when I turned 30, so I started running when I was almost 29. Late bloomer.

Why did you start running?

I started running to stay sane. Right after Kate (my 2nd daughter) was born, I wanted to leave the house and to exercise. I didn’t have a lot of time with an infant, so I would leave the house and start to walk, and then do running bursts (starting with 20 seconds, etc) and then build up. I had set a goal to run a marathon which seemed almost insurmountable.

What kept you running?

Have an end goal. Working towards it kept me going. I not the best of just doing things just to do them. I know myself, so I know I need a goal or a race in front of me to keep me going.

Do you remember the first time you “felt like a runner?”

I’m pretty sure when I crossed the marathon finish line I felt like a runner….right before I collapsed to the ground!

What are some of your greatest running accomplishments?

Doing the Tahoe Rim Trail 50K, Big Sur Train Marathon and 1/2, Ragnar Trail Relays.

What do you find to be most rewarding about running?

Feeling strong and feeling happy. Being outside and seeing new things. Have the peace and serenity of the trail is really rewarding.

Your Story:

If someone were to tell you’re running story, what do you think they would talk about?

How I was just a mom, and started running when I was older, but that I still set goals and achieved them.

What kinds of things do you think about when you run?

I love that I don’t think about much! When I run my mind clears and I can focus on the trail, or my breath, or the song I might be singing. There is a feeling of flow…not much else.

What is the coolest place you’ve ever run?

Probably the Tahoe Rim Trail. Really beautiful. Also running in Big Sur, one of my most favorite places on the planet. Also in London (for an urban area). Very early in the morning. What a trip.

What do you think is the biggest misconception about the sport or runners in general?

That they fit a certain mold or look a certain way. I certainly don’t “look” like a long distance runner, but I do enjoy running longer distances. Anyone can be an athlete. Anyone can run and enjoy it.

What are some of your race day routines or superstitions?

I honestly don’t have any. It seems to always sneak up on me. Like I never have enough time to prepare so I just am scrambling every time! I do usually NOT eat breakfast because it makes me sick. Once I start running, depending on the distance, then I start eating.

What are some of your favorite post-run or post-race eats?

Mexican anything. Chips and salsa and whatever else sounds good.

What are some of your future running goals?

I would love to do the Way Too Cool 50K but I can never win the lottery!

Quick Response:

  • hills or heat?
    • both? 🙂
  • rain or snow?
    • both! I don’t mind the weather when I run
  • gel or banana?
    • banana…I got sick from gels when I fist started running, and now I can’t stomach them! Mental block
  • trail or road?
    • Trail
  • spandex or shorts?
    • Spandex
  • music or no?
    • both depending on the day. usually to get started I will jam, but then depending on the trail I just like silence
  • water or Gatorade?
    • water