Q: Is there a driving force behind your healthy lifestyle? Was it a person in your life, a certain event, were you brought up in a healthy environment? What makes you a healthy individual? A: I just started running as soon as I graduated because I was in an unfamiliar city and had time on my hands. I was motivated by watching the first telecast Ironman triathlon. I always had that as a goal, to complete an Ironman but work, finances and kids sort of got in the way. I did a lot of triathlons but nothing quite that long. Last year they held the first Ironman here in Grand Rapids. It was too convenient to pass up. So 30 years after seeing my first one on TV, I finally completed an Ironman (barely).
Q: How would you encourage another person to pursue a healthy lifestyle? A: Make it part of your social life. Running, biking, doing events with friends is fun and knowing someone is counting on you to be there makes it more accountable. Q: What activities do you engage in to reduce stress? A: Run!