November Runner of the Month

Lone Star Runners Club will start featuring a “Runner of the Month” that is a current Lone Star Runners Club member every month in 2023. For the month of November, our spotlight runner is 29 year old Dani Castro, Sales and Support Tech at Westgate Computers.  She started running as a stress reliever 9 years ago while attending ENMU, but has found that running provides so many benefits. Dani currently runs about 5-8 miles a week, and has been a Lone Star Runners Club member for about 5 years. She is excited to see Amarillo gaining interest in running, and the running clubs here growing in numbers!

 

Favorite Lone Star Runners Club race: Turkey Trot

Favorite race distance: 5K

Favorite race locations: Her first race was the Independence Day run in White Sulphur Springs, Montana. She has also ran an Independence Day race in Flagstaff, Arizona. Both cities are beautiful and worth visiting! She has her sights on running the OKC Memorial Half Marathon in April 2024.

Favorite shoe: On Cloudrunner, for the brand’s durability.

Favorite running gear: Her headphones! She does not run without them.

Favorite songs from her playlist: Her go-to’s currently are Marathon by Connor Price and Animal by the Seige, but loves throwback tracks from Paramore, Missy Elliott, and Selena. 

Favorite podcasts: For running, The Runner’s World Show. For enjoyment- National Park After Dark and Out Alive.

Favorite running book: Born to Run by Christopher McDougall is a must read!

Favorite running movie: McFarland, USA.

Favorite pre-run fuel: Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or empanadas. She makes empanadas semi-frequently, and one morning when she did not have time to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich before a race, her caramel apple empanadas were the perfect morning fuel.

Favorite workouts: “For the majority of my runs I just try to enjoy my time in the act of running.” Dani typically plans her runs for a time or distance goal. She also enjoys yoga, stretching, and lifts weights at home 3 times a week.

Favorite race mantra: “If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.”- Fred Devito

Favorite running quote: “Enjoy training, fall in love with it, and become it. By doing so, you will look forward to running, not finishing, and that makes all the difference in the world.” – Michael D’Aulerio

A quote from Dani: “I guess if there is anything I could say to encourage anyone who is even slightly interested in running is just to start with no expectations. If it’s not enjoyable try a slower pace or add music. Exercise is the most under prescribed medicine out there and a short run is better than no run.”

               

Dani and I have just recently joined the timing crew for Lone Star Runners Club, and she is doing a great job! We are grateful she joined the team. For participating in our Runner of the Month Club, November Runner of the Month Dani Castro will receive a pair of our LSRC socks. If you have a recommendation of a Lone Star Runners Club that should be featured in our monthly spotlight, please email Katie Rodriguez at katie.mcomber7@gmail.com.