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Saturday, July 21, 2012
I recently sat down with Tonja and talked with her about being a new mom and what her future holds as far as motherhood and trail running. I found Tonja to be completely enamored with her new life as a mother and also discovered that she is focused on attaining some challening goals. What follows is her profile and then her interview.
21 years Tucson, AZ
C. Other than running – hobbies, interests, pets, kids, current employment?
D. Favorite distance to run or race on trail and on the road?
E. Favorite race course or event?
F. Favorite Tucson area trail to train, run, hike?
trails to run and
Mt Wrightson to Train Sabino Canyon
G. Favorite vacation destination?
H. Favorite post-race/run food, drink and activity, ie. hot tub, ice cold river soak, etc?
I. Pet Peeves?
J. Current book you are reading or favorite author?
K. Favorite quote or saying to live by?
L. Person you look up to, emulate, hero?
M. What has been your worst running injury?
N. If you could no longer run or lost the use of your legs what sport or activity would you pursue?
TA: Well, we both have the day off from work so it’s nice to come over in the middle of the afternoon to talk about your trail experience.
Tonja: Yes, thanks, it should be fun.
TA: Let’s get started. How did you first get involved in trail running?
Tonja: Actually, through Alli and Trish, your wife. I met them through the Hash House Harriers. I did a few half-marathons and marathons and then Crown King 50K. I hadn’t really run that much on the trail before I went out and did Crown King.
TA: So that was also your first ultra as well? Were you athletic as a child and into your early twenties?
Tonja: Yeah, I kind of just jumped into Crown King and fell in love with the sport. I never did sports as a kid. I just ran. I was grounded a lot so I was only allowed to run. I picked up running from my mother. She made me run because I was chubby.
PROFILE OF RUNNER:
A. Name, age, city and state, how long lived there?
Tonja Marie Chagaris
39 years old
B. Place of birth, where did you grow up, high school, college, military, other?
PHX AZ, grew up in Bagdad, AZ and Grants
I went to high school in Grants New Mexico . I then went to Cosmetology school in New
Mexico to become a hair
Gabriel my seven month old son, health and the human body, we have two dogs (Cade and Layla). I currently own a hair salon.
On the trail I like 50 Milers and on the road I like the half marathon distance.
Avalon 50 miler on
Anywhere there is mountains and water.
Sleep and then eat cold food.
Not having my chapstick or gum while running
Favorite Author at the moment is James Patterson and I'm reading one of those books that you’re not supposed to tell anyone…..by EL James.
Always looking forward to the next adventure
My husband for his patience and his ability to think things through. Julie for her relentless drive and stamina and my mother.
A bulged disc in my back