Each month, we honor a Running Lush as our Lush of the Month. Join us in honoring Lush Eva from San Francisco, CA as our January 2021 Lush of the Month.
What is your favorite race distance and why?
This is a hard one. I love a 15k / 10m because just when you're asking yourself when it'll be over - it is! That said, it's hard for me to turn down a 30k, for pretty much the opposite reason. It's just that much further than a half so I have to dig deep to see what I'm made of to get through it.
Do you have any running superstitions or rituals?
I don't have any superstitions per se, but before each race I do a quick check-in with myself to make sure I'm running for the "right" reason (aka to have fun / enjoy life). If I'm lacing up because of some expectation, or because "I trained so hard" (aka it became work), than no matter how well I run it, I know it won't be fulfilling when it's over.
What is your favorite race and why?
This is a very tough question because I've done so many "destination" races. I think my favorite halfs so far have been the Grand Teton Half or the Glacier Half - both were really hard for me and slow AF (altitude) but I'm a sucker for natural beauty and those are two of my favorite places on earth. As for trail, I have to say the Chuckanut 50k was pretty impressive. Sure, there were easier 50k's I could have picked as my first, and a course full of mud, snow, & ice proved challenging, but there's just something about your "first" ultra and the PNW scenery is pretty impressive too!
What is your perfect dream race?
I have two "dream" race scenarios. The first is running a BQ - I don't have a specific race in mind, but up until about 2 yrs ago I didn't believe it was in my wheelhouse to do, but now I know I can do anything I want to do if my heart's in it. The second dream race is one of the crazy mountain ridge adventure races in the Alps. Super unlikely to ever happen, but I really want to put myself to the test and see if I can do it!
Do you have an embarrassing race moment?
I don't think I do, actually? I've had plenty of races that didn't go my way, but nothing "embarrassing". Probably the closest thing to embarrassed would be the time I doubled back at the Hot Chocolate Race to pet a random cat that was walking along the course and one of my friends called me out on it "Eva - that's not your cat!". It wasn't a "race" race for me - and who doesn't love a random cat snuggle?
What's your most proud running moment?
My most proud running moment is actually a not running moment. In 2019 I trained for the Mt Tam 50k. It is one of the hardest, steepest 50k's in the area. I was extremely regimented in my training, and was probably in the best running shape of my life. But - I was "racing" for all the wrong reasons, and even though I knew I was going to "crush it" (for me), I had no joy come race morning, so I did the thing I swore I'd never do - I backed out of it and dropped to the 30k instead. I had more fun on that 30k (which I also ran really well, for me) than probably any race I'd done in years. I know my coach was disappointed, but at the end of the day, if I'm not running it for "me", what's the point?!?
What do you like to do when you're not running?
I don't understand this question.... JOKE! My go-to past-times if I'm not running (or otherwise engaged outside) is probably hanging out with my cat Monster while reading (murder mysteries, psychological thrillers, or sci-fi / fantasy) or watching a period drama (Versailles, Tudors, etc). I love me some accents and elaborate costumes!
What's your favorite post-race drink?
Bloody Mary - hands down. The spicier the better! After that - whiskey (bourbon, specifically).