I think of running as a way
of communicating with my ancestors and the youth of my
people. When I run I feel that I am honoring the people whom
I have loved and lost, especially my mother and father.
Although, I knew my maternal grandparents for such a short
time and didn't know my paternal grandparents, I feel that I
was blessed with their running abilities. I have been told
that my ancestors from both sides of my familywere great
runners. It is my desire to carry on this tradition for my
own children to see, as well as the youth of Zuni. It is
also my greatest wish that they will follow my example and
continue the Zuni tradition of great running.
I started running in 1989 and now running has become a big
part of my life. Ever since I first experienced the sense of
being totally free and strong as the wind I was hooked!
Never did I imagine though, that running would take me to
the places and experiences that it has. Running has given me
many material rewards but most importantly it has taught me
to plan specific goals, self-discipline, perserverence, and
the ability to believe in myself as a runner and as a
person. When I think about it, these are all the things my
mother also taught me to believe in. That's probably why I
feel her presence so closely when I run.
I thank the Lord for giving me the opportunity to be an
instrument of his glory. It is through his will, not mine
that I have experienced the victories with which I have been
blessed . Elahkwah!
5k- 19:18:07- Run for the Zoo, 1991, Albuquerque, N.M.
8k- 33:48:21- Central NavajoFair,1993, Chinle, AZ
10k- 41:20:17- U.N.M. Lobo Run,1992, Albuquerque, N.M.
15k- 1: 11:09 - Zuni Fitness Series, 1995, Zuni, N.M.
1/2 Marathon- 1:33:41 Cigna Fiesta Bowl, 1993, Scottsdale,
Marathon- 3:29:54- Las Vegas Marathon,1994, Las Vegas,
1st place, Route 66 Marathon, 1995, Gallup, N.M.
1st place Fighting Back 1/2 Marathon, 1995,
2nd place, Mt. Taylor Quadrathlon with Dowa Yalanne Dashers
All Female Team
Selected to coach and accompany the Wings of the Southwest
Girls Team to the U.S.A. Track and Field National Cross
Country Championships in Portland, Oregon, 1994.