Runner of the month — February

Elizabeth “Beth” Tamayo


When and why did you start running?

When? I’ve always been an active person who likes to try new things. I play Badminton and was a volleyball varsity player from 6th grade until college. I started running when I moved to the Bay Area in 2016. I realized the weather here is perfect for outdoor activities; rather than when I lived in NYC, so why not take advantage?

Why? I have two friends (both ex-New Yorkers) who are not runners but challenged themselves and decided to sign up for a marathon. I flew to NYC that weekend and cheered them on. After then seeing them finish The NYC Marathon in 2016, I said to myself “If they can do it, I’m pretty sure I can, too.” After that weekend, I signed up for my first 10k, then the United R 'n' R Half, SF Half Marathon and then my first marathon in Paris.

What inspires or motivates you to keep running?

I don’t really have one person that inspires me but I guess it’s the running community and the friends that you make along the way. It may sound silly, but it’s true.

How many miles do you run each week and what’s your favorite workout?

I try to run three times a week, even if I’m not training for a certain race. I try to get 15-17miles if I can. I love my weekend long runs as I get to enjoy the early start to my day and just kick back after.

What’s your favorite race distance? And what was your most memorable race and tell us why. 

Fave race distance would be a 10K. It’s pretty easy since you do the same mileage on your mid-week runs.

My most memorable race was The Paris Marathon in 2017. I ran with four other runner friends. It was my first and I wasn’t prepared at all! I just asked my friend to email me his training schedule and I will follow it as much as I can. During training, my longest run was 16 miles as I was also dealing with knee issues. I didn’t know sh@t!!! ha ha ha!, nutrition, drinking electrolytes, pacing myself, etc. My friends had to share their energy gels with me the night before the race. I was like “do you really need this?” Rookie move! I finished! (don’t ask me how long it took). I cried after! I was so emotional as I thought I wouldn’t be able to, but then I saw my friends cheering me on and all my other friends from all over rooting for me on FB and IG; It made it so worth the knee pains that started from Mile 6! (yes, that early). I’ve learned so much since then and have been a better runner (I think).

What running goals do you have for the future?

My friends and I are eyeing to finish The Six World Marathons Majors. I have London and Berlin confirmed for this year. Fingers crossed for The NYC Marathon lottery (announcement will be on Feb 28th. Wish me luck!); then Tokyo, Boston (will raise funds for this 'cuz there’s no way I’m qualifying!) and Chicago in 2019. Nothing is impossible! I know it’s a crazy idea but there's no harm in dreaming and trying.

Do you have a favorite running story that you'd like to share?

Paris Marathon 2017. At mile 23 I turned on my international roaming and called my friend James (who ran too, but finished early and have been waiting for me). I needed someone to talk to and tell me that it’s gonna be OK and that I’m almost there and that I shouldn’t quit! I needed a boost! It helped a lot! After that, I saw our other friend Ian at mile 25. He jogged and ran with me through the sidelines, almost up to the finish line. Thank God for amazing friends!

What do you like to do when you’re not running?

I love to cook and try new restaurants when I’m not running. I look forward to my Sunday brunches.

What advice would you like to offer your fellow runners, especially the newer ones?

I’d say enjoy every mile and nurture the people you share this passion with.


Thank you Beth for being a part of the WeRunSF family and for reaching for high goals.

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