Mary Ellen Hird - DWRunning

DWRunning Tenure:

Joined in February 2016


8k: 33:16, Half Marathon: 1:33, Marathon: 3:24

Proudest PR:

The Naperville full marathon, 2015. It was my first full marathon in five years after swearing off 26.2 after a bad 2010 Chicago experience.

Reward for a Good Race:

Put on my best sweatpants and curl up on the couch for a marathon of ESPN's 30 for 30.

Favorite Workout:

Hills! All about making an honest effort. And you can always do one more.

Most Memorable Run:

At the conference meet my senior year of college I miscounted my laps and "finished" the steeplechase a lap early. I finished and eventually won, but only after taking a swim in the water pit on my true last lap. Very embarrassing but I would have rather died than lose the points for my team.

Favorite Part of Being a DWRunner:

The positivIty and encouragement are genuine, something that is very hard to find in such a large group of people.


Mountains or Ocean?:


Tea or Coffee?:


Early Bird or Night Owl?:

Early bird

Chocolate or Vanilla?:



Bolded PRs are PRs run while training with DWRunning.