Despite the pandemic and absence of in-person races, some runners have been able to push themselves to new PRs in virtual events over the past year. Our latest member profile features Corrina Jackson, who ran a lifetime best 10k time a few months back. Nice work, Corrina!
1. How long have you been running, how long have you been part of TRL, and why did you start running?
I started running when I was in middle school and I remember it taking months to build up to completing my mom’s 3 mile neighborhood loop. I started running, per my mom’s suggestion, before joining my high school’s XC team as a way to meet new people. It turned out to be a good idea! I can’t remember exactly when I first joined TRL, but my best guess is in 2012 when I moved back to Portland, transferred to Reed College, and started to really get into running.
2. What do you most enjoy about training and racing?
I most love the opportunity that running provides to get outside and get out of my head. I love exploring and watching the life around me while I run by. I love the purpose and sense of accomplishment that I get from completing each run, training week, new distance, race, etc. I love how I can actively engage in expanding my ability to dig deep and find the positive through tough workouts and races and how that leads to fulfillment and resiliency in running and in life.
3. What are your favorite aspects of being a TRL member? (e.g., community, group runs, coaching, team competition, store discounts, e-newsletter, pacing opportunities, access to Fb members/Strava)
I miss our TRL track workouts and getting to work hard and have fun as a team! The XC season is also a favorite of mine. And, of course, I don’t mind the discounted Foot Traffic shoes!
4. What’s your favorite distance/type of run?
I have always been a huge long run fan. The long run really lets me settle in, explore new places, quiet my mind, and, woah, the sense of accomplishment is great. It’s also a great time to build connection and relationships with other runners. Recently, I’ve been doing more trail runs and am quickly falling in love with the trails!
5. What’s your most memorable running moment/event?
I ran an incredible mile repeat workout in between visits to my grandma on the evening that she died. I channeled her and my love for her during that workout and ran for something much larger than myself. I remember that feeling when I need a boost.
6. What’s the best running advice you’ve received?
I’ve been so lucky to have such amazing coaches and I’ve received so much great advice! When I first started running with Bob Williams he told me to stop listening to music while running so that I could more easily tune into my effort. This advice helped me learn to gauge my effort and it also let me get into the rhythm of the run more easily and actually made the miles go by faster.
7. Tell us one fun fact, hidden talent, or something we don’t know about you, but should.
I’ve lived in Portland my whole life (almost), have been running since middle school, and only just last year ran on Wildwood for the first time!
8. Between school, training, marriage and life, how do you stay balanced?
I make a lot of lists! Haha, but I do rely on my calendar and planning to stay organized and on top of my schedule. I also prioritize making time to do the things that make me happy – running with friends, spending time with my husband, cooking, baking, getting outside, and seeing family.