Meet RUNColumbus team member Heather Baughn. Heather is married and has two young adult children. She also has a six-month-old puppy named Bella. Heather is a dietician and avid CrossFitter who recently completed her second half marathon at age 46.
Why/when did you start running? I started running at the age of 42. I’ve always been pretty active and used the treadmill at the gym for some cardio but I didn’t get into running until my daughter moved out for college. I became an empty nester and needed something to occupy my time and keep my spirits up! Not having my kids home left me feeling depressed and down. I started gaining weight and experienced some back strains from aging and not enough core strength.
What is your favorite aspect(s) of running? That feeling you get afterward when you find yourself breathing better and feeling healthier.
What excites you about being part of the RUNColumbus Race Series and Team? This series is keeping me on my toes. Literally! I’m an avid CrossFitter and we don’t do much running. This series allows me to stay on track and keep my body physically fit in ways CrossFit doesn’t.