in their shoes: Debra W.

Each week, we'll be profiling members of our action team. Tune in and learn some more about these amazing womyn.

In Their Shoes: Debra W. 

Q1: Who are you? Describe your work, life, and sport of choice.

I’m Debra. I work as a School Psychometrist in the same school system where I grew up and previously taught special education. My husband Michael and I have been married for eight years. We have five fur babies: two dogs (Tusk & Allie), two rabbits (Max & Ruby), and one cat (Lilly). In my free time I enjoy traveling to the beach and mountains, swimming, hiking, and fishing. Running is my sport of choice.


Q2: What is your sport of choice? How did you get started with it? Do you compete in races, if so what's your favorite distance?

My mom asked me to do a local 5K on her birthday in 2012. I was immediately drawn by the camaraderie of the running community and the race atmosphere. I have finished 23 half marathons, 3 full marathons, and several shorter distance races. The half marathon is my favorite distance. 


Q3: What is your driving force behind your sport?

Running helps me both mentally and physically. I feel so much better after a good run. Running has also given me confidence and taught me that I am capable of more than I ever thought possible. 


Q4: What are three words that people use to describe you?

Dependable, Driven, and Down-to-Earth


Q5: What is your favorite thing to listen to while working out (music, podcast, audiobook, etc)...or do you prefer to go without headphones?

I listen to a variety of genres of music while running. I like music with a good beat or powerful message.


Q6: What is your favorite meal or recipe?

My husband is the chef in the family. My favorite meal is this pasta that he makes with penne pasta noodles, sausage meat balls, and sun-dried tomato pesto sauce. 


Q7: Name a book you recommend to all your friends?

I read Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper for a project during grad school. It is a quick read about a young girl born with cerebral palsy. As a former special education teacher, I related it to my experiences with my students.


Q8: What is your secret pleasure TV show to indulge in?

I love HGTV home renovation shows such as Love It or List It and Property Brothers. I also love Beach Front and Lake Front Bargain Hunts. 


Q9: Last question - what are your favorite workout shoes?

I am currently wearing the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 20’s while running.


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