Her Story: Heather Sheehan, giving back

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Heather Sheehan
Evergreen, Colorado

Age: 35
Sports: Running, swimming, hiking, strength training
Profession: Coordinator for Girls on the Run

How I got started in sports: I ran my first race in fourth grade and took third place. Then, I got serious about sports in high school, playing field hockey and lacrosse on state champion teams. Through sports, I developed a great sense of self-esteem and confidence.

Favorite spot to be active: Mount Tamalpais in California, where my husband Andy and I got engaged.

Life/sport philosophy: Early bird gets the worm.

Athletic highlights: I ran the Boston Marathon just one year and four days after having my first child, Gardner, 2. Also, I was the first-place woman in the EnviroSports Big Sur Trail 8-miler in 2000.

Athletic goals: To finish all four Evergreen Trail Races this summer and to get my personal training certification. Also, my husband, Andy, and I are trying to run in all 50 states, so far weve conquered 22.

Favorite fuel: Pre-race meal: Peanut butter and banana on a whole-wheat bagel and coffee. During a race: Lemon Zest Luna bars and lots of water.

Favorite indulgence: Ben and Jerrys Chubby Hubby ice cream.

When I'm not running, cycling or swimming, I'm: Spending time with Gardner, Andy and our chocolate lab, Tam (after Mount Tamalpais). I also enjoy taking pictures.

Other interesting facts: I coach 8 to 12-year-old girls in a program called Girls on the Run. We train girls to run their first 5k while teaching them life skills and building their self-esteem.

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