Meet Carre

We met Carre for the first time at our very first retreat in Costa Rica in 2014… from then on we’ve watched this little power house accomplish some pretty amazing things. Everyone meet Carre!

Hi, everyone.  I am Carre’ and I am addicted to trail running.  Sometimes I run on roads and treadmills when I can’t get my fix on a trail.  I have been married to my husband, Billy, for 16 years and we have a sweet dog named Sammy.  We live in the middle of the United States, in Oklahoma.  I work full-time as a sonographer.  I didn’t start running until I was in my 30’s.  I started with 5k’s and had run a few ½ marathons.  In 2014 something changed.
I met the RLAG ladies in Nov 2014.  I was in my late 30’s and 40 was staring me down.  Life was filled with work.   We had tried for many years to start a family.  When that didn’t happen, I filled that void with work.  Sadly, I had let work become the most important part of my life.  I needed a change.   I found a different job that wasn’t as demanding and quit a part-time job.   I was starting to take my life back. I needed to figure out who I was. What did I like to do?   There were so many things I wanted to do and places I wanted to go.   What was my excuse for not traveling or following my heart?   One day, while scrolling through Facebook, I saw RLAG was going to host a retreat in Costa Rica.   I signed up, packed my duffel bag and followed my heart.

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Costa Rica was an amazing time for me.  I was surrounded by beauty in every direction.  I was with energetic people that were each there for their own unique reasons.  I loved meeting everyone and hearing about their life and interests.  I was especially curious about how some people were running long distance trail races in beautiful locations.  The girls answered every question and did so much to encourage me.  I was finding self-confidence, and a love affair with trail running and ultras was beginning.

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While I was in Costa Rica, my new friends, told me about a race in Canada called the Squamish50.  I decided that would be my goal race.   Now, I had to train.   I found a trail race, in Oklahoma, that had events Saturday and Sunday.  I was going to try the marathon.  When I got there, I met several runners who encouraged me to try the 50k.  So, I did it!! I finished my first 50k.   I was tired, sore, and dirty and loving it!  I kept my focus and ran the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, two months later.  I began meeting more trail runners and discovering more trail races.  I have some wonderful friends who joined me for cold runs, mountain runs, canyon runs and forest runs.  They are all part of my journey and I am thankful for their friendship.

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The Squamish 50k was approaching and I was ready, I hoped.  My friend Jane that I met in Costa Rica was a fantastic host.  She and the RLAG ladies gave me great advice before the race.  I was nervous about the cutoff time and elevation. I was so nervous, that I didn’t stop to take many pictures.  It was the hardest race I had ever run.  When you get to the finish, the race director is there to hug you.  It was an amazing experience.   This race is bucket-list quality and Squamish is breathtaking.

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My time there was too short.  So, when RLAG posted a new retreat in Squamish in 2016, I jumped at the chance to explore the area.  I will never forget the beauty of the ocean, mountains and the spectacular views.

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I love travel and adventure and trying new things. It is fun to experience the beauty of new places on foot.  Since meeting the RLAG staff I have completed numerous 50K’s and two 50 mile races, several stair climbs, learned to kayak and tried mountain biking.   Running long distance is never easy for me.  I struggle.  Veteran running friends encouraged me to strength and cross train and that made a big difference in my performance and recovery time.   Some days it hurts, some days I am just tired or not “feeling it” and some days it is wonderful.  Running can clear my mind, organize my thoughts and brighten my mood.  No matter the weather or how bad I feel, I never regret getting out and running or going to the gym.  I love that I can compete with myself to be better than I was the day before.

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I love introducing someone new to trail running or road running. The trail running community has been so warm and welcoming to me.  Meeting new trail runners at races and hearing their journeys always inspires me.   Encouraging others to try a new race or complete a new distance is exciting.    Last year I had the opportunity to volunteer at the Redman Triathlon.  I had an amazing time cheering and supporting these amazing athletes.   I would like to get involved with trail work.  It would be great to see more running and mountain biking trails being built.   I can’t stop thinking about completing a stage race.  I would love to complete a 100k, hike the Grand Canyon R2R and explore more of our national parks.   To be honest, this list could go on and on.  There are so many gorgeous trails all over the world just waiting to be explored.

Oh, I almost forgot!  I am joining RLAG on their Peru Adventure in September.  2017 is going to ROCK!

 

Comments

  1. Carre is such an amazing, beautiful, and strong person!! I am very blessed to know her!

  2. Carrie is Beautiful inside and Out!!! She is a HUGE motivator– Blessed to call her friend:0)

  3. If you are lucky enough to meet this woman and call her your friend, you’ll know why we all love her so much.

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