Runner, Number Cruncher, Sommelier Alex loves to run: trails, mountains, dreamy seawall mornings. She’s made a lot of impulsive run choices, and they have turned out better than she ever thought possible. After getting to know Alex follow her exploits here:
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Getting up at 3am and running through a volcano crater at sunrise
Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Emily Dickinson – she was too scared to leave her house, and struggled with depression. Despite this, she got up and did what she loved – writing. Her poetry is beautiful and unnerving. She didn’t have an outer world, so she made her inner world rich, unsettling, and timeless.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Selfishness. Running is a mix of letting go and ego, and I hate when the ego overrides the letting go.
What is the trait you most admire in others?
Empathy and lightness
What is your favourite cheat meal?
Is wine a meal?
What has sport taught you that you didn’t know about yourself?
My head can be my greatest strength or biggest enemy – I have the power to do so much more than I believe is physically possible. The flipside is that I can spiral and defeat myself before I even start, sometimes.
What song plays during your life’s closing credits?
“Suzanne” by Leonard Cohen (“you know that she’s half crazy / and that’s why you want to be there…”)
Who are your heroes in real life?
My dad, who ran a 4:20 marathon nine months after his surgery for prostate cancer.
What is that that you most dislike?
Usually disliking things says more about myself than the things.
What race / running route / hike / trail would you recommend?
Running Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim (40k, 1750m elevation) , running Comfortably Numb trail in Whistler (25k, 1500m-ish elevation), and running through Haleakala Crater on Maui (20k, 600m elevation).
What one event / race / trail do you want to do before you die?
…Western States? Oh god I said it.