Runner Spotlight: Danene
There is no feeling better than knowing you’ve made a difference in someone’s life no matter how big or small. Danene shared her story on Facebook and we were absolutely blown away by the amount of love shown. It is so incredible to see our runners overcome self-made “obstacles“ and find inner strength within them. We’re ecstatic to share her story a bit more in depth with our community in this post.
1) Who you are and what do you do when you are not running?
My name is Danene Moberly, but my friends know me as DJ. I am a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator (RD, CDE), and when not working or running, I enjoy road cycling and traveling with my husband.
2) Tell us more about your running history. How long have you been running? How did you get started? What motivated you?
I have been running for just over one year now. How I got started and my motivation? I “was never a runner” because I was never properly taught. I suffered from injuries and pain from running, but excelled in many other sports during high school, undergrad and graduate school. But with my injuries and running-related pain, I thought, “well, I guess I am just not a runner.”
Fast forward 20 years to the present, and I accepted a challenge from a BFF (fighting various health conditions) to run a half marathon in January 2019. But there was one condition—“if she could get medical clearance.” She was cleared! And then, I had to figure out how I was going to hold up my end of the bargain.
After googling information about how to alleviate joint pain while running and finding Weav Run, one year later I completed my first half marathon confidently with my BFF a couple weeks ago. And, surprisingly to me, I think this may be just the beginning of my running activities and events! Who know what the future holds!? Not to mention my cycling has improved dramatically during this time, so there’s that, too!
3) How does running with music make you feel?
Running with music for me is essential while I train by myself. It allows me an escape, and often helps to energize me on those tough days.
Also, I love how it helped me (as a new runner) learn what my cadence was—134, ugh. But I used the app to gradually increase my cadence (to 170 steps/min) to alleviate my lower extremity joint pain. Now running is enjoyable for me, and Weav Run is helping me breakthrough my own self-made limitations.
4) What's your power song?
Fire N Gold by Bea Miller. And I have to admit I had never heard the song before. I totally dig having its beat increased to my 170 step/min running cadence . I really dig it.
5) Tell us 3 great things you have gained/learned from running
I gained another opportunity where determination lead me to achieve a goal.
I gained an opportunity to better relate to friends who love to run.
I learned (again) that my perceived limitations are often self created, and I can choose to challenge those limitations.
6) Tell us 3 things you won't go running without
My Weav Run app (on my phone)
My running shoes
My sense of personal accomplishment
Just a big thanks to Danene for connecting with us. We’re so happy to have been able to help you overcome your self-made limitations. Isn’t it incredible what music can do?