Pam Smith

Age: 41, Years running: 26, Hometown: Salem, OR, Favorite product: MUTANT WOMEN'S


What are some of your lifetime running goals?

The most important goal is to stay healthy and run for as long as possible. I'd like to inspire others to be active, especially my kids. I hope to have many grand running adventures. Specifically, I'd love to do the Wonderland trail and circumnavigations of Mt. Hood and Mt. St. Helens. It is my goal to use running to continually push me to my limits.

Do you have a claim to fame?

I was the youngest person to graduate from Temple Medical School.

Do you have any vices?

Sweets - I have a serious sweet tooth!

What makes you tick as a runner and in the real world?

As a runner, I love runs with friends, the exhausted calm after a long run, and single track trail through dark, dense forest. In the real world, I enjoy spending time with my family. I love it when my kids make me laugh. besides running, I like to cook and garden (and especially cook things from my garden!).

What drives you to run?

The desire to be the best that I can, both on a day to day basis and in competition.

What is your favorite movie?

Well, to get psyched up for a race - Cool Runnings. For general viewing, I am not sure I could just pick one.

Do you have any nicknames? Explain:

A friend nicknamed me Ardilla Voladora (flying squirrel) after the Capitol Peak 50 miler a few years back. She said I seemed to be running normally but then just started to fly on the downhill.

What’s the longest you’ve gone without sleep? Why?

I stayed up all night several times in residency and also for hundred milers. I like my sleep, though, and I usually crash pretty hard the next day after being up all night. I don't think I could make it more than one night without sleep.

If you had to be named after one of the 50 states, which would it be?

Colorado - rugged, not too showy, and people always say nice things about it.

What did you have for lunch yesterday?

Rainbow chard risotto (the chard was from my garden!) and a small salad with lots of blue cheese.

If you could hook up a thought monitor to your head, would you see pictures, hear words or would music be playing?

It'd be a list, possibly in outline format!

What really scares you about trail running?

Animal encounters! I love seeing animals in the distance, but I hope I never have a face to face encounter with one on the trail.

If your life was made into a movie, what would it be called?

The Juggler

Where would you live if it could be anywhere in the world?

I am pretty happy with Oregon, but I'd love to live closer to trails. And maybe have a winter home in Arizona!

What’s your worst encounter on the trail?

My worst encounters have been encounters with asthma. Fortunately, I haven't had any real animal encounters, though I've had to jump over a few rattle snakes.