Member Spotlight: Adelaide “Di” Johnson

What excites you most about running the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon?
Although I love living in Alaska, crowd energy is thrilling. I cannot wait to run through the five boroughs of New York City.

What is your favorite place to run and why?
My favorite run starts in downtown Juneau and heads to the Perseverance Trail.  Within minutes, I am in the Alaska wilderness.  I might see flooding streams, new landslides, a goat on the mountainside, wildflowers, and only a few people.  You need to be alert because bears and porcupines may be on the trail.

If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
I NEVER listen to music because this practice is not safe.  I need to listen for the sounds of crackling branches in the woods coming from bear activity. On the road, I like to hear oncoming cars. As my son can attest, I whistle the same songs over and over…

What is your favorite post-run meal?
My favorite post-run meal includes a beer.

When did your relationship with running begin and why?
My positive relationship with running began when I lived in Seattle where I would run along the downtown waterfront during lunch with a friend.

Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions, if so, please explain?
The marathon is a ritual itself that occurs every 10 years.  I ran one marathon in my 20s, 30s, 40s, and now, my 50s.  Well, okay in my 40’s I qualified for the Boston Marathon, so I ran two in that decade. As I run, I try to connect with the crowd a bit and this gives me amazing energy.

Why 26.2?
26.2 is really big, but not too big.  The marathon is a good health challenge that gives back in many ways.  Like many other goals, you need to slowly chip away to make progress in a wise manner.

Tell us a little more about yourself
I am 54.  What feels really good is knowing my true goals and aspirations go way beyond me.  What I mean by this is that I am excited about the real power we have to make positive changes in other people’s lives. As a hydrologist living and conducting research in Alaska I hope to inspire young scientists and help people to better understand the implications of climate change.

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