Introducing Mandy Patton
When did you first start walking/running? What motivated you to start walking/running?
1999: My sister found a lump on her breast ( ended up being non cancerous ) so my sisters and I did a breast cancer 5k in her honor… I have been hooked since then!
What do you love most about running/walking? How does it make you feel?
It is my “out”. I love it, it can clear my head, help me make decisions, motivate me and its my spiritual, happy place.
Who in your life inspires you? Who do you want to dedicate this year of running to?
My friend jenny….. she is a runner and she is battling breast cancer right now…. she has done chemo, radiation and numerous surgeries and still has a positive, happy attitude!
Describe one of your favorite running/walking experiences that you’ve had in your life.
I ran a half marathon with everyone of my sisters!! Watching them each cross the finish line… wow!!! So emotional and happy for me!
What is the longest distance you have ever walked/ran in one day?
What is your most embarrassing running/walking experience?
Took Alli pills to loose weight… had no idea what would happen… enough said!! 😉
What is the best advice you’ve ever been given? What is the best advice you’ve ever given to someone else?
Best advice received: spend money on a good pair of shoes… one size bigger than normal. Best advice I give: have fun with it… don’t stress yourself out about a run so much that you hate it.. you really are only competing with yourself.
What obstacles or challenges have you faced as you’ve tried to live a life of health and fitness?
I am still an “athena”.. no matter how much I run and work out.. ( or take alli… lol that only lasted a week..) I stay above 140#s…..
What does this next year of running/walking mean to you? Why do you want to go to the moon? What will it mean to you when you have reached your goal?
It means a year of new adventures and races.. logging in miles and having fun running and being healthy.. I want to go to the moon cause it is a journey, I have to be held accountable to make my miles so I don’t let down the team… plus I want to say I ran to the moon… When I reach my goal it means I followed my plan, I am healthier and I will buy me a new running skirt!
Tell us a little bit more about you. Who are you? Where are you from? What do you do for a living? What makes you happy? Tell us anything that you want the team to know.
I am a wife to my high school sweetheart, I am a mom to a beautiful 18 year old daughter, I am a daughter, a sister, a runner and I love new adventures! I live in Draper, Utah and have always lived in the Salt Lake City area. I am a forensic registered nurse: specializing in sexual assault and domestic violence.. I LOVE WHAT I DO…. so awesome. Running, hiking, camping, and ice fishing are my favorite things to do, and anything that involves my family!!