#FeatureFriday – Teresa Verburg


Teresa Verburg comes to the Booneville Backroads Ultra from Summerset, SD! This will be her first year competing at the Backroads. Teresa is one of three women currently registered for the 100 miler!

1) How long have you been running?

I was a total couch potato until I started running in 1998 at age 35.

2) Do you remember the moment your first felt “like a runner”?

I remember how I thought I felt like a runner, then ran my first 5K. I was gasping and walking and ended up finishing next to last place. I first felt like a runner after my second marathon (the first one being a death march).

3) What is your favorite race distance? Why?

At this point, I would say the marathon is my favorite distance. It is long enough to be a challenge, yet not intimidating since I have been training for ultra marathons and regularly run farther than 26.2 miles.

4) What first intrigued you about ultra running?

I made the mistake of working at an aid station for the Lean Horse 100. I was curious to see if anyone would show up and finish the distance. I was blown away by the numbers of older, average runners doing the distance. The following year I signed up for the 50 mile and was again amazed by the tenacity of the 100 mile runners. I was in for the 100 mile the next year.

5) How many marathons and/or ultras have you run?

I have run 20 marathons, two 50Ks, three 50 milers, and four 100 milers (2 finishes, 2 dnf)

6) What has been your biggest running success to date?

My greatest accomplishment was to finish the Black Hills 100 in 2013. I am not a technical trail runner and pushed through to finish the course one hour before the cutoff.

7) What keeps you motivated?

Seeking out new races and places. I don’t have any desire to see what’s beyond 100 miles however.

8) What is your favorite food to eat while training and/or racing?

I have recently switched to using Tailwind electrolyte drink and it has been working great so far. I also enjoy seeing what’s on the menu at the 100 mile aid stations. During the second half of the race I’ll try pretty much anything that looks tempting.

9) What is your favorite post race meal?

Anything that I can stomach. It takes a couple hours for my appetite to kick in after a long race, then it’s a free-for-all.

10) What is one piece of advice you would share with other runners?

Learn to run your own race and not to get discouraged comparing your ability to others. There are many races with a distance or terrain to suit you.

11) When you aren’t running, how do you enjoy spending your time?

I enjoy motorcycle riding with my husband. I ride my own, but also have a touring bike for those rides after my long runs when I prefer to sit on the back in a stupor.

12) Anything else you would like to share?

Being from Iowa originally, I am looking forward to the Booneville Backroads 100. I train in the Black Hills and hope the lower elevation and smoother terrain will help me along the way.

The photo is at the finish of the Jemez Mtn. 50 mile race in Los Alamos, NM. It was a training run for the Black Hills 100, but ended up kicking my butt more than the 100 miler.

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