Staff

Jen Villarreal

How long have you been running?

15 years

What keeps you running?

It's two fold. One, running is my sanity, better yet my therapy. I am calmer, happier person when I get a run in... even when I think I really don't want to lace up my shoes. Secondly, I love nothing more than helping other people fall in love with running. It's a privilege to be a part of getting someone started or helping them reach goals.

Favorite Food?

Duh, Pizza!

Devin Clark

How long have you been running?

Since 7th Grade Track and Field

What keeps you running?

Running is the most consistent part of my life and I can always trust that running will bring enjoyment to my day.

Favorite Food?

New York Strip

John Arredondo

How long have you been running?

I have been running off an on throughout my life. I started running for the Fegely Middle School Cross Country team in 1986. I would put the beginning of my consistent (that's the key word!) adult running in 2006 after a friend of mine began training for the Chicago Marathon. A group of us friends started running and I have been very consistent since then.

What keeps you running?

Gosh, that's a tough question. Of course, I do it for the health benefits. I also do it because it is part of being a role model. I coach and I feel in order to gain the respect of my runners, they have to know I go through the same things they do. I know what "the hurt" feels like. Running is also my therapy. It would be way too dramatic to say running changed my life, but I can say running has kept me even keeled. It has kept me sane and helped me through some very difficult times. It (running) is who I am. It has become me and I have become it. That's what keeps me doing it.

Favorite Food?

My mom's mashed potatoes. Hands down. They. are. sinful. Of course, they are delicious!

Vicki Schmidt

How long have you been running?

I've been running for about 5-6 years

What keeps you running?

What keeps me running...knowing I will be spending time with friends (I won't have to run by myself)

Favorite Food?

Fave food... Duh! Bacon!

Connor Nolan

How long have you been running?

Since 2000, at Craig Middle School in Indianapolis, IN.

What keeps you running?

Trying to catch the young whippersnappers.

Favorite Food?

It's a tie between my wife's porterhouse-over-asparagus-&-creamy-mashed-potatoes and her goat-cheese-stuffed bacon burgers.

Deanna Grimes

How long have you been running?

I have been running for almost 5 years now.

What keeps you running?

Always having a goal. I am always ready for the next adventure so I sign up for a new race when I finish one to keep me going. I also love being out on the road running with friends.

Favorite Food?

I am from Cincinnati so I love Cincinnati style chili especially from Skyline or I have a major sweet tooth so anything sweet is good.

Laura Breen

How long have you been running?

To be honest, I didn't start running for fun until college. I remember having a really stressful day, and I needed to get away from books and studying and other people. So I put on my shoes and stuffed my dorm key in my sock, and ran through campus. I thought I would get tired and turn around, but instead it was the best feeling in the world. I was free, and I could clear my mind. I came back about 2 hours later, in the dark, to a really worried roommate... But it was worth it. Since then, running has become a compliment in my life to swimming, strength training, and rock climbing. It is excellent exercise, keeps your heart strong, and is a great way to center yourself and refocus.

What keeps you running?

I work as a personal trainer so that I can inspire and guide other people to a healthy and active lifestyle. I like to keep my clients physically and mentally strong so that they can tackle any challenge....running a 5k, losing weight, or keeping up with daily life.
At Extra Mile, I have found a family of people who love exercise as much as I do. I offer my advice to anyone who needs motivation, help with injury prevention, or guidance into a running program.

Favorite Food?

Greek yogurt with fruit and nuts mixed in. Most people have noticed that I eat it EVERY day :)

Ali Brown

How long have you been running?

I went out for cross country my freshman year in high school.

What keeps you running?

As a busy mom, it's the one thing I do for myself, by myself.

Favorite Food?

Pasta of any kind.

Michelle McCaskey

How long have you been running?

Since 2008. I made the mistake of starting with a half marathon. Not the best move, but it was a good learning experience :)

What keeps you running?

My family and being with friends. It is a great way to think and work ideas out. It is cool to see how running goals parallels life. Run happy. :)

Favorite Food?

Ice Cream. Peanut butter, caramel, mint chocolate chip, chocolate chip....just to name a few!

Bailey Henderlong

How long have you been running?

1-2 Years (I mostly swim)

What keeps you running?

New apparel and fame

Favorite Food?

There's no such thing as a favorite, but my top 5 include:
1) Pizza
2) Almond butter
3) Fruit snacks
4) Blueberries
5) Bread

Kaylee Slont

How long have you been running?

5 years

What keeps you running?

The feeling I get after an awesome run, and my best friends.

Favorite Food?

Warm apple pie

Kevin Mangel

How long have you been running?

Been running since I was 7

What keeps you running?

Favorite food is buttered noodles from noodles and co

Favorite Food?

Run for a long and healthy life

Danny Dalton

How long have you been running?

6 years

What keeps you running?

The self-satisfaction of winning races and looking good while I do it. Also, the motivation of all my siblings running cross country pushes me to excel.

Favorite Food?

pancakes for dinner

Jessica Campbell

How long have you been running?

I have been running since 2012.

What keeps you running?

I love seeing how far I can push my body. I like being an endurance athlete-spending hours on the trails with friends and nature! And, my mom is my training partner so we get to bond and push each other every day!

Favorite Food?

I like to eat healthy so huge salads, sweet potatoes, and bananas are my favorite foods that I eat everyday.