Each month, we honor a Running Lush as our Lush of the Month. Join us in honoring Lush Melissa from San Jose, CA as our September 2020 Lush of the Month.
Lush Melissa, left, with Lush Kat after the 2021 virtual(ish) Run Local 408k
What is your favorite race distance and why?
My favorite distance is the half marathon.
Do you have any running superstitions or rituals?
I always take a warm shower before a race. It wakes me up and gets me energized!
What is your favorite race and why?
I'm a huge Giants fan, so the Giant Race is definitely at the top of my list.
Do you have an embarrassing race moment?
The night before my very first half marathon (the 2009 Rock n Roll San Jose Half), I read somewhere online that eating salt before a long run helps maintain hydration and reduces cramping. In the morning, I was really nervous about tackling 13.1 and decided to take the advice of the random online article I read....and ate a spoonful of basic table salt. Needless to say, I got very sick right before the run (facepalm). I managed to get myself together and finish the run, but I certainly learned my lesson!
What's your most proud running moment?
Completing my first full marathon, the 2016 New York City Marathon.
What do you like to do when you're not running?
I love anything outdoors! Hiking, backpacking, and camping.
What's your favorite post-race drink?