Deep in the heart of Texas, in a town with a population of 421, is a runner doing great things for her family, church, community, and for herself. This month's ExtraOrdinary Runner Award goes to Milano Runner, for her story How to Start Running, Over and Over Again. She has inspired Runners' Lounge and confirmed that great moments in running happen every day, and there are amazing figures in
running among us in our communities.
A woman of deep devotion to her faith and family, she answers the call daily to others and to stretch herself as a runner. Meet Milano Running Mom or Fawn Simpson.
You’re close to
accomplishing a running goal that’s very important to you. Tell us about
When I started running again after the
twins were born I wanted to really make a commitment to it. I knew that I
would have to have short and long term goals to keep me focused and moving
forward. So I decided I wanted to do a marathon in honor of each of my
children, there are 5 of them. I was initially going to do three in three
months but then I had an opportunity to add a 4th in the 4th month. Now I just
have to do one more and each child will have a medal. After that, all the
medals are mine!
What are you looking forward to
after April 11th? Couch time and then training for the next
round of marathons in the fall. Oh, and a
Tell us what you’re doing for running in your
community these days.
I have just
started working for USA Fit Milam County. I am going to be bringing an
awesome, life changing marathon training program to my small, rural
Without a doubt. But in what way?
I have no idea. But because I feel like a million blessed bucks I must be a
How are you a better runner or person since your
comeback to running?
So what’s going in your life outside of
Kids Kids Kids. I am also a youth minister at my church
so I'm always planning something for that awesome group of kids. I
homeschool the twins, plus the big kids still need me occasionally. Yoga
classes, playing with the dog, cleaning house. Oh sorry, I kind of got
carried away there.
What would your family and friends
tell us about your passion for running?
They all think I am too competitive. But it just isn't
true, mostly, sort of. Well, maybe a little. But only a
What’s the hardest part of returning to running.
What about running makes it worthwhile?
I have no idea. I'm Catholic and we like punishment.
Also insanity helps. Don't tell the kids this but I really run just to have
an excuse to get out of the house occasionally. The hardest part about
returning was trying to get shoes that don't make my feel look so
Best race experience?
time I ran a 5K without having a walk break.
Any quirky running traits?
I stick kleenex in my running bra, but only for blowing
What have you not done with your running that
you’re still looking forward to?
I want to teach my 5 month old Great Dane/Mastiff mix puppy
to run with me. Then I won't have to worry about snakes and hogs and
What gets you excited about running?
What’s your secret to
It only took one person to tell me they didn't think I could
do it. My mind was set at that point. Just to prove them wrong I would have
killed myself to complete these marathons. See I told you I wasn't
Surfside Beach Marathon and the Bremond 5K Pickle
Couch to refrigerator.
Is there something else besides
Do you have a running hero?
My sons Zackry and Brandon.
Last marathon. Almost dead at mile 24. The man in front of
me senses this. He slows down and coaches me in the last two miles. Perfect
stranger. He could have had a better finish but he stuck with me. I hugged him
at the end but forgot to get his name.
Who are some of your virtual running friends
you would like to meet up and run with?
Amy, Tom, therunningcoach, coffeebetsy, bostonjohn and
others I can't think of right now.
running moment?That whole having to poop issue, before I
exploded. I don't really want to drag that up again.
If money could buy you a running dream, what would it be?
A run in every state and some of those countries across the
pond with my family at each finish line.
I have a light blue tech shirt I bought at Goodwill 2 years
ago. It never smells.
Best running advice you’ve ever
Slow down when training - If you get tired it's ok to walk
for a minute.
Best running advice you’d like to
Stretch before and after your run. And then every night
after the kids go to bed have a glass of red wine or
If you were going to combine your enthusiasm for
running with another interest, what would it be?
I would feed the working poor, the homeless and the
helpless. I would start a spiritual retreat center for
Do you know a runner you would recommend for Open Mic Friday?
Pass along their name, contact info, and some background and we'll explore introducing them to the Runners' Lounge Community.
Send to Amy@runnerslounge.com or Tom@runnerslounge.com.