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10 Questions with Teri Clemens
(Former Washington University, St. Louis Volleyball Coach)

1. At what age did you start running competitively?
I actually started 11 months and 21 days ago. At age 54!

2. Why did you start running?
I was once an avid, competitive athlete and then coach of the Washington University Volleyball National Champions. I got deathly ill with a lung condition and then, steroid myopathy. I retired. I couldn't walk. After a year in a wheelchair in full time rehab and a year on forearm crutches, I started walking with trekking poles and then without. I was pretty scared to try running but I did and it brings me joy and health. I had averaged over 120 days a year in the hospital for over 6 years. Now, I haven't been in for 2 years this January.

3. How many miles do you typically run in a week?
10-16

4. What is your favorite brand of running shoes?
Saucony

5. Do you listen to music when you run? If so what do you listen to?
Yes...a great variety--katy perry, 80's, beyonce, beatles, country....anything with a good beat. Only fast music allowed on my ipod.

6. Where is your favorite place to run?
Katy Trail

7. What is the farthest distance that you have ran?
13.1 miles

8. Have you had any injuries related to running?
Nope--except my toes hurt terribly at first....need orthotics. Not a pain since!

9. What has been your most memorable running experience?
The Jingle Bell Run--St Louis. My first run. It was so miraculous that I could even walk again (I'd been told I never would) and when I ran across the finish line.....I knew I'd conquered the medical issues.

10. What advice would you give to beginning runners?
Any age, any time, any place...just slowly and gradually add distance and pace.

To read more about Coach Teri Clemens click on this link to go to her Bio page on USA Volleyball website

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