Deb Conway

Coach Debbie:

“I grew up on a dairy farm in Lansing, Iowa, and moved to La Crosse in 1990 when I started working for Gundersen Clinic. My running journey began when my daughter went out for cross country as I didn’t want her running on the bike trail alone. I learned quickly that I needed to go my pace and slowly build up my endurance by doing run/walk intervals. It took a few years but, once I was able to run 5 miles, I felt the need to see what more I could accomplish with running.

In 2016, my daughter and I ran the Grandad Half Marathon Relay together. The following year I joined Grand Bluff Training (GBT) as I knew I’d need the help and accountability of a group to train for my first half marathon. In fact, I was often the last runner to finish training runs which was a little discouraging but my daughter would tell me, “It doesn’t matter how fast you go as long as you keep moving forward.” I went into the class expecting to learn proper running techniques and how not to get injured. What I didn’t expect was to gain lifelong friends and to be part of an amazing running community.

Since that first GBT class, I’ve ran numerous 5k, 5 mile, 10k races, seven half marathons, two Ragnar Relays (one an ultra team with GBT coaches), Relay Iowa (twice), Goosebumps 6 hour and 24 hour races, and two Hixon 25Ks. In 2019, I ran my first full marathon and look forward to helping others accomplish their goals one step at a time.”