February 28, 2011

Jane Langridge

Written by Dena Evans
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Jane is 47 years old and grew up in London, England.  She has one sister and three brothers.  Her parents, sister and two of her brothers still live in the UK and one brother lives with his family in Australia. Jane moved to San Francisco in 1997 for work-related reasons.  Initially, she was planning on staying for a year or two but soon fell in love with the city and the Bay Area and decided to stay.  Jane finally became an American citizen in May of 2010.  She lives with her spouse, Louise, in the Bernal Heights area of the city with their two dogs, Byron and Poe.

This spring, Jane is gearing up for the 100th Bay to Breakers 12K, in part by attending our group training runs.

Coach: How did you start running?

JL: Running is a very new sport for me. In truth, I only started running this year!

Coach: Who is your running role model?

JL: Unlike many runners, I really don't have a running role model. That said, I was initially inspired to run and continue to be encouraged and supported by Valerie Azinheira, a marathon runner and Boot Camp SF Trainer.

Coach: What has been your most memorable running / racing experience?

JL: My most memorable running experience was actually a training with Focus and Fly. I had just started running and attended the first Crissy Fields Bay to Breakers training session. As a new runner was pretty daunted by the prospect of joining 'real runners'. Within a very short time, Tom and Kate made me feel so comfortable and capable that I was encouraged to run further and at a pace that I had never achieved before.

Coach: What have you enjoyed about working with Focus-N-Fly?

JL: As above. The trainers are completely genuine.

Coach: What is one part of your racing routine you can’t do without (sleep, pre race meal, tie shoes certain way, other ritual)?

JL: I'm definitely particular about how I tie my shoe laces!

Coach: What is your favorite place to go for a run?

JL: Yountville, Napa. The scenery and air are spectacular.

Coach: In the next year, what goals do you hope to accomplish?

JL: To complete Bay to Breakers in May and then in the 70 mile Tahoe Relay in June.

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Dena Evans

Dena Evans

Dena Evans joined runcoach in July, 2008 and has a wide range of experience working with athletes of all stripes- from youth to veteran division competitors, novice to international caliber athletes.

From 1999-2005, she served on the Stanford Track & Field/ Cross Country staff. Dena earned NCAA Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year honors in 2003 as Stanford won the NCAA Division I Championship. She was named Pac-10 Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2003-04, and West Regional Coach of the Year in 2004.

From 2006-08, she worked with the Bay Area Women’s Sports Initiative, helping to expand the after school fitness programs for elementary school aged girls to Mountain View, East Menlo Park, and Redwood City. She has also served both the Stanford Center on Ethics and the Stanford Center on the Legal Profession as a program coordinator.

Dena graduated from Stanford in 1996.

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