I live with my husband in La Quinta, which is in the Southern California desert east of Palm Springs. We share our home with
five six a lot of dogs and two cats (my adult sons moved out long ago). One interesting fact about Alan and Debbie: We met and three years later got married at the Palm Springs Tram Road Race. Yep, right there on the finish line, I in my white satin running shorts and lace running bra, Alan in his morning coat and running shorts. Oh, and yes, we did run the race before our wedding.
In 2012 I was blessed with a beautiful grandson named Samuel. He lives with his parents in Southern California, fortunately only a short drive away.
I ran my first marathon in 1996 (Honolulu), and since that time, I’ve run about 35 more. I just recently ran number 36, alongside my husband (running his 66th!) in San Diego. While my time has slowed over the years, we had a great time, took a lot of pictures and even sang along with some of the bands along the course. My best time ever was 3:17, in the St. George (Utah) Marathon when I was 41 years old. A long time ago, but I’m still pretty proud of that effort. My favorite marathon, though, has to be Paris. We’ve run it twice, both times with camera in hand enjoying the 26.2 mile tour of the city of lights.
I have been a personal trainer for about 15 years and I am currently the fitness director at a fitness center located inside a country club in Rancho Mirage. I’m also an RRCA and USATF certified running coach. In addition to private clients I coach cross country at Palm Desert High School. It is very time consuming, but also very rewarding. It is satisfying to know that you can make a difference in the life of a young person.
Alan and I are also studying for our real estate licenses. We think that will open up some exciting new doors for us. Teaching fitness and running will always be my first love though!
It has been over seven years since I switched to a plant based diet for ethical reasons, first as a vegetarian, then gradually over the years cutting all animal products out of my diet. I love to create new recipes (and share them here, of course!).