BETH RISDON never considered herself a true runner until less than two years ago. A gymnast up to age 17, she became an avid cyclist in college and remained active through the following decades, but without a serious focus. Then at age 41, feeling lost and off-center, a postcard arrived from Team in Training and she dove headlong into a full marathon. She had never run more than six miles at a time, and had only done that twice, but she trained for four months, raised $4,000 for a great cause, and crossed the finish line while her husband and children watched.
Beth credits running with changing her life — not just in the physical sense, but in helping her become a kinder, more insightful, healthier and more balanced person who believes she can do anything she sets her mind to. Inspired by her own experiences, she became a certified running coach through the Road Runner’s Club of America to support people in completing their first long distance race while remaining dedicated to her own training for 8 to 10 races each year.
When she’s not entertaining us with stories on Shut Up and Run, her funny, often irreverent blog, Beth helps organize races like the Skirt Chaser 5k in Denver, where she’s a behind-the-scenes maven orchestrating the volunteers. A woman of many talents, she holds a Masters in Social Work and helps families who hope to foster or adopt children. She also hosts yoga classes at elementary schools, trains alongside her son’s middle school cross country team, and promotes an active lifestyle for youth. A mother of two children, ages 9 and 13, she truly emphasizes the importance of a healthy body and a healthy outlook on life.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS & CREDENTIALS:
- May 2010: Completed her second marathon (the Colorado Marathon) and qualified for the Boston Marathon (3:42)
- May 2010: Certified running coach with Road Runner’s Club of America
- August 2010: Sponsored by GoreTex to run Stage One of the 21-mile TransRockies Run with ultramarathoner Dean Karnazes, author of the bestseller Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All Night Runner.
- August 2010: Completed her first (any probably last) skydiving jump
- Regular Contributor to Boulder Running Examiner
- Masters in Social Work
- Complete the Boston Marathon April 18, 2011
- Organize a Run for Congo Women 5K (she ran with her daughter in Denver this past year)
- Break 50 minutes in a 10k
- Run another 10K with her children, ages 9 and 13
- Train for and complete the Boulder 70.3 Ironman this August 2011
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