Holin Wilbanks - Trail Runner
Originally from Texas, I know call Utah my home (but don’t tell my Texan friends that, they wouldn’t understand.) I am wife to a fighter pilot, mother of two, and the economic development director for Weber County…and most days you can find somewhere on a mountain smiling from ear to ear. It started 11 years ago after moving to Utah. I would have never dreamed that I could climb mountains, bag peaks, play in streams, dance in meadows of wildflowers, get lost in golden aspens, and push though pillows of snow covered trails as part of my daily life. I truly live in a runner’s paradise. The mountains are so close, I can bag a peak at lunch and then make it back for an afternoon meeting at work. My car is my locker room, and its paid off many times.
HERE'S A LITTLE ABOUT ME
How did you get into running?
It wasn’t until after college that I fell in love with running. Sure… there was high school cross country (I actually won the state championship one year), but running was only something I did in the off season to stay in shape to play basketball. Then after two years of playing collegiate ball and multiple repeat injuries, I finally realized that my body was never going to last competing in that sport. It was then that I turned back to running as my outlet for activity and competition.
In 2008, I chased a handsome fighter pilot to the mountains of Northern Utah and truly fell in love with trail running. I found freedom in exploring the local dirt trails; finding hidden waterfalls, hitting peaks with endless views, chasing the sunrise over the horizon, and seeing the same trails with new eyes as every season covers them with their beauty. Life is crazy and I find my sanity, strength, rejuvenation, patience, and laughter when I’m lost in the mountains. For me, it’s not about being the fastest runner, but experiencing the journey and making memories and friendships along the way.
WHAT ARE SOME GOOD PRACTICES FOR TRAINING?
Do what I say, not what I do… You should cross trail. Mix in stretching and core strength training. I’d like to say that I do this regularly, but I don’t. I love to be in the mountains and on the trails so mostly I just run. However, I noticed that when I was doing regular cross training, my body felt strong and oddly enough, I actually found an ab in there.