melissa looman

ambassador Member Since: 2011

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hometown grand rapids, michigan


Do you have a quote that guides, inspires, or embodies your training/racing/life?
“And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us..."  Hebrews 12:1b

Why do you run?
I run because it is hard.  I love stretching my body's limits, and feeling strong and satisfied because of it.  It also helps me to focus, de-stress, and think.  Plus, I can motivate others to live a healthier lifestyle because of it.  The best way to lead is by example, and through running, I do just that.

What is your favorite place to run?
On the beach, anywhere.  You can't beat the sound of the ocean.

Running gear you can't live without?
My watch!

What is your favorite local running store?
Striders; they have the best customer service and specialization in running-specific shoes and apparel!

When you're not running where would we find you?
Walking my greyhound, creating challenging workouts for GR Ladies' Track Club, or hanging with my hubby, friends, and family.

What is your favorite post-race treat?
Chocolate, cookies, ice-cream, cake, anything SWEET!

Complete the sentence: If I was stranded in a hotel room with one movie and one book, they would be…
Remember the Titans and Pride and Prejudice.

melissa's favorites

Race Distance 5k and 10k
Workout Anything fast, not so much the long runs...
Pump Up Song Kangaroo Court - Capital Cities