ENOW: Kim Stokes-Lanier

2012 Purity Dash 10K.  PR at 51:45.

2012 Purity Dash 10K. PR at 51:45.

I’d like to introduce you to our newest East Nasty of the Week (ENOW), & one of my favorite East Nasties, Kim Stokes-Lanier!  I first met Kim when she lead our pace group on a Wednesday night run, but I really got to know her last summer when we both coached the Potato to Tomato Couch to 5K runners.  Kim is great.  She’s encouraging, supportive, generous & knowledgeable.  You immediately like her & trust her.

2012 Birthday Dinner

2012 Birthday Dinner

If you haven’t met Kim, then you haven’t been running enough.  I talked to Kim’s husband, Rob & he said, “She is insane about running. I look out the window on the coldest, snowiest, rainiest days & say “no way!” But not her, she heads out the door and gets her miles in.”

2012 Muddy Buddy

2012 Muddy Buddy

Kim grew up as an Army brat moving every 4 years – NC, SC, NY, & MA before heading off to college.

In high school, Kim was pretty much a straight-A stoner (ha!), which is really ironic since she then went to the Coast Guard Academy for college.

2012 Cinco de Mayo Run with Rob

2012 Cinco de Mayo Run with Rob

When asked when she started running, Kim said that she joined a boot camp group to help deal with the stress of working for a company that was becoming completely dysfunctional.  The instructor was a runner & gradually pushed most of the group into running, starting with 5Ks & gradually working up to half & full marathons.  Kim says, “It was a great group!  Got me to quit smoking after 20+ years just so I could run faster & farther (the #1 & #2 reasons on my Quit Smoking Journal).”

2012 Music Row 10K.  Placed 2nd in age group.

2012 Music Row 10K. Placed 2nd in age group.

Kim went to college at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT.  When asked to describe her experience, she says, “True military academy experience with formations before every meal, room & uniform inspections daily, Fri drill review, etc. for all four years.  First year “fun” also included bracing up for meals, marching in formation to/from classes, & double-timing everywhere.  I got lucky in my year group that we got to sail USCGB Eagle to Australia when I was a sophomore & Europe when I was a junior & again as a senior.   And yes, I went through the uniquely nautical experience to become a *Golden Shellback.”

*A Golden Shellback is a person who has crossed the Equator at the 180th meridian (International Date Line).  It’s a rare status.

2012 Music City 4-miler with Rob on Thanksgiving

2012 Music City 4-miler with Rob on Thanksgiving

After college, Kim went to graduate school at the University of New Orleans, which she says, “was a completely different experience with working full-time & going to school at night with weekend group projects. Much, much tamer.”

Kim has lived in Nashville about 2-1/2 years.  She picked Nashville because she had a project putting in cell service at the Capitol & thought it would be a great city to live in if she ever got the opportunity.  Luckily for us, she was able to find a way to make that happen.

2012 Purity Dash 10K on Labor Day

2012 Purity Dash 10K on Labor Day

If you’re friends with Kim on Facebook, then like me, you probably wonder what in the world she does for a living since she seems to live at airports.  Kim says, “Easiest way to explain it is that I help cell phones work inside buildings.  I work from home but travel a lot to help sell the equipment that goes into the building.  These days, I provide technical support to the sales team & also help to develop the programs that support sales (training/certification, competitive analysis, inventory levels, etc.).  I honestly like what I do and would probably do it for free if I could afford it.”

Kim’s biggest accomplishment in running was training for the Marine Corps Marathon last year without a training group.  She said, “Doing a 22 mile long run on your own is HARD!  I’m so glad that I’ve been able to train with the East Nasties this spring!”

2012 Marine Corps Marathon

2012 Marine Corps Marathon

Kim heard about East Nasty via a Google search when she first moved to Nashville.  Describing her East Nasty experience, Kim says, “I knew I needed to find a running group as part of making Nashville my home, but I didn’t know at the time how much it would mean to me.  I’ve met some of the nicest, most generous & supportive people through the East Nasty running club!  I even ended up buying a home in East Nashville after seeing how great the neighborhoods were on those first runs!  And I like being able to give back a little through the charities (shoe & clothes donations) & P2T5K program.  I hope to become one of the half-marathon pacers one of these years.”

2012 Potato to Tomato Couch to 5K Training Program

2012 Potato to Tomato Couch to 5K Training Program

Kim’s other hobbies include reading, eating, drinking, & generally enjoying newlywed life with her husband Rob.

Wedding Day, November 3, 2012

Wedding Day, November 3, 2012

Speaking of Rob, here is what he had to say when I told him Kim was our newest ENOW, “She really gets a thrill out of helping other runners. She started running not so long ago & remembers how hard it can be to keep going when your feet hurt, everyone is faster than you, & you wonder what the heck you are doing. She had people who motivated her when she struggled & she likes to return the favor. Her best runs are those where she can help someone else succeed. She will come home with a big smile on her face & tell me how he or she gutted it out.  She helped train the Tomato to 5k group for the Tomato Festival 5K & she ran the whole way with them. She truly basks in the success of other runners!!  She is really an inspiring person & I count myself lucky everyday that she is my wife!!!”

2012 Country Music Half Marathon

2012 Country Music Half Marathon

Ditto.  Kim, you are awesome & East Nasty is lucky to have you.  Congratulations & welcome to the ENOW club!

11 Responses to ENOW: Kim Stokes-Lanier

  1. Denise Leaver says:

    So proud to know and run many times with Kim for this year’s marathon training!! She is truly an inspiration and has taught me soooo much about what it takes physically and psychologically to run long distances (especially in PWP)! Can’t thank her enough for helping build my slow twitch muscles! Love you Kim!

  2. Christine Dorley says:

    Kim it is a pleasure running with you…you motivated me to keep going when I wanted to quit those hill workouts…thanks!!!!

  3. Geeky Gunjan says:

    Congratulations Kim! So proud of you 🙂

  4. Rob Lanier says:

    Kim is my wife, and it really pleases me when others see in her what I see. She really enjoys East Nasty and each of you! I love you babe!!!!!

  5. Kim Stokes-Lanier says:

    Awww, thanks so much for the kind comments! I feel truly blessed being a part of this great club! You have all made to make Nashville a great home for me! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!

  6. Sarah says:

    Congratulations Kim! Well deserved!

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