In our conversations with Chau, here are a few other questions we asked her:
What was your most memorable marathon? (well, maybe two or three memorable ones)
Of course the first one in Cape Cod. At the Friday pasta dinner, Bill Rogers was there as a guest speaker. He was really popular then. Both my daughters went to Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, the same school that Bill Rogers went to so the connection was wonderful. The Great Wall in China was fun. Of course then Athens, Greece was among my most favorite.
What did the journey of running the 50 States (or running, in general) bring to your life?
I started out running to relieve stress. Then, soon I get hooked, feeling good. But later on, the friendships I gained were most important. Seems like runners can share stories about running, and understand each other while it is a whole different language to non-runners.
What has being with the San Francisco Road Runners Club meant to you?
Being with SFRRC is so much fun. I can run with the group 5 days a week if I want to. The speed sessions are fun too. I enjoyed the Saturday long runs and Sunday trail runs. Most importantly there were other fun activities, such as the running camp. Oh, boy, I felt like a kid again. The Christmas party (dressing up), then bowling for the first time ever. Lastly, getting together at local shoe stores. It was always fun to see well-known speakers, like the woman Olympian - Magda Boulet. Also the food and post-run gatherings. How can you not like all of that? Of course, San Francisco is the most beautiful place to run. I could be out there all day!
What words of advice would you give to someone who is training for a race?
It is like going to school. You have to do your homework. When the test day rolls around you will be fine.