2020 #IndyMini Ambassador Spotlight: Lisa Herron

Name:  Lisa Herron

Hometown: Greenwood, IN

Year of first #IndyMini:  2012

Fun fact about yourself:      I am a power walker.  I have had to learn to own my destiny after multiple knee/foot surgeries.  In 2019, I had two cervical spine (ACDF) surgeries, that has made me listen to my body.  Life is a gift.  Live each day to the fullest.    I am walking for my health.   I have lost over 40lb since February 2019, biometrics have lowered through clean eating and exercise.    I set a goal of not having to use medication to get healthy.  I know genetics are against me, but I have owned it!

Favorite place to walk:  I grew up in Peru, IN.  I love to go home and walk on our farm and the walking trails to relive childhood memories.  I had to give up long distance running after my fifth knee surgery and started power walking.  In 2012, I did six half marathons power walking a 10 min/mile.  Today, my body tells be otherwise, but I am a fabulous 51-year-old!    This year I signed up for the Delta Dental 500 Festival 5k 10 days post ACDF neck surgery, and had 19 weeks to go from zero to pavement.  I beat my personal goal that day by 3 minutes.  I have never felt so empowered in my life as I did that day. 

Advice for first-timers:  My advice is to have good music with a high beat count, use a performance jelly bean/gel for nutrition during the race, get a race fanny pack, and hydrate.    I love to cross train with Zumba, Hot Yoga, and going to the gym for weightlifting & treadmill.    I have also found having a workout buddy has helped me push harder on my goals.    I have a motto that I have chased him since I was 9 years old, what’s one more mile?   I do a race a month, and minimally walk 50 miles a week.  I track everything I eat and ever mile I walk in fitness trackers.  

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