Her Story: Tammy Megow-Jones, marine and marathoner

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Name: Tammy Megow-Jones

Sports: Running, martial arts, rowing

Age: 25

Occupation: U.S. Marine

Where I live and play: Beaufort, S.C.

Marital status: Married three and a half years

Kids: None

Animals: A beautiful dog, Nikita, and two cats, Patches and Xander

First love: Martial arts. I studied actively for 10 years but didn't have time when my military training began. I'm still trying to get back to it, not for what it did for me on the outside, but on the inside. I've yet to find that same balance of body, mind and spirit in anything else.

Favorite place to be active: For now, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina. It's beautiful there but also motivational because the Marine recruits are usually out doing their physical training in the morning when I run.

Ideal active weekend: Hiking and kayaking with my husband, with the dog tagging along.

Proudest active moments: Completing and passing a six-plus-mile endurance course during Marine Corps basic officer training, comprised of killer hills, killer terrain and killer obstacles all run in full camouflage utilities with boots, flak jacket, Kevlar helmet, backpack and M16 (all weighing about as much as I did at 5-foot-2 and 110 pounds). Also, earning my 3rd Degree black belt in 1999 and finishing my first marathon (Marine Corps Marathon, 2004).

Best training tip: Find the right motivation for you and be persistent.

Gear I can't live without: Timex sports watch. I'm a slave to the clock.

Sport I'd most like to try: Snowboarding

When I'm not running or hiking, I'm: Reading or spending time with my husband.

Other interesting facts: My ultimate career goal is to become a special agent with the FBI.

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