Friday, April 18, 2014

ZOOMA Napa Valley Runner Report: Melodie Woerman

 The ZOOMA Napa Valley Ambassadors are excited to bring you our “ZOOMA Napa Valley Runner Report!” Each week we’ll be featuring a ZOOMA Napa Valley half marathon or 10K runner on each of our blogs. As women runners, we want to use our role as Ambassadors to highlight and share the stories behind the incredible women preparing to run ZOOMA in June. Each runner has a special and unique story, and we invite you to learn about our runners through this series. Please feel free to click through the links at the end of each post to read about additional ZOOMA racers.

Runner Report: Melodie Woerman

Age: 59

Current City: Topeka, Kansas

Race: Half Marathon

Why are you running ZOOMA Napa Valley?

 I’ll be walking the ZOOMA Napa Valley half marathon as a challenge to myself. I previously have walked one half marathon, but I then was diagnosed with severe bone problems in the arches of both feet. I now have custom orthotics, and I’m ready to start training to see how far I can push myself.

When & why did you start running?

 I’ve always enjoyed walking as exercise, but in the fall of 2012 my son asked if I wanted to walk a half marathon with him, his wife and her mother. I wasn’t sure I could do it, but he said he knew I could. So I decided to see if he was right. I went to school in an era when girls didn’t participate in sports, so the thought of setting a goal based on physical activity was something I never had done, and I wanted to see if I could actually set a lofty goal like that and meet it.

How many races have you done & which was your favorite?

I’ve done three 5Ks and one half marathon. The half will always be special, but I also loved walking a Turkey Trot 5K on Thanksgiving 2012 in Washington D.C., as a fundraiser to fight hunger. A great cause, combined with a course that ran past the Capitol, was very special.    

If you could pick one celebrity to run with, who would it be & why?

I’d love to go for a power walk with Michelle Obama. She has done so much to promote healthy eating and fitness, and I think she is a strong, empowering woman. I bet she could really get me moving, too!

What is your favorite running memory?

Standing in the dark, waiting for the start of the Walt Disney World half, and seeing the fireworks go explode overhead as the loudspeaker played Katy Perry’s “You’re a Firework.” Tears flowed freely as I took the first steps in a race for which I’d worked hard to prepare.

What is your one running must-have?

My orthotics inside good shoes!

What is your favorite post-run indulgence?

Whatever food I can get my hands on.

Who is your running inspiration?

My son and daughter-in-law, both for their dedication to running and for the belief they had in me.

What is the most important lesson you have learned from running?

That I can accomplish more than I ever knew I could.

Want to read about more of our amazing ZOOMA runners? Check them out here:

Beth on Reason to Play
Heather on Welcome to Karadise
Susan on The Slow Life

Are you running ZOOMA Napa Valley and would like to be featured in our Runner Report series? Email for more information!