Meet Michelle

Michelle Orr

Michelle at last year's North County Wine Run

Michelle at last year's North County Wine Run

My running journey started approx 2012... I was inspired by a girlfriend of mine who was training for her first half marathon. As I watched her journey it inspired me to give running a try.

I didn't necessarily have any particular goals set when I first started running. I needed something in life to fill the void of my upcoming 'empty nest'. I suddenly realized that outside of being the "twins mom" and "Nate's wife" I really didn't have any hobbies or activities just for me. Running quickly became " me / Mechell time "

In the first few months of running I was very injury prone and figured running wasn't meant to be. My husband encouraged me to sign up with a beginner group running program & Coach. This completely changed my running experience. Not only did I learn about how to resolve the rookie mistakes I was making but I met so many new people and begin to build a new network of friends and supporters. I was relieved to know that others had experienced some of the same struggles with running as myself and was inspired by the amount of talented athletes in my community. It gave me the motivation and drive to keep training and improving.

My two favorite meals the night before a race are my hubby's spaghetti or pancakes and bacon!

I follow a running plan 60 - 75% of the time. It depends on if I have a certain goal in mind for a particular race or if I'm running for fun or to support a charity.

I've enjoyed so many different races for different reasons but I wouid have to say Ragnar Relay is one of the funnest races I've experienced.  I love the team aspect and adventure of covering X amount of miles together. It reminds me of a slumber party but in a van and running :)

Setting goals and accomplishing them is what keeps me motivated. I love pushing myself a little further and's amazing how the body adapts and I find myself being able to do more this year than the previous. Just knowing I haven't reached my full potential yet keeps me moving forward.  I also want to be a good role model for those I've encouraged to start running. I remind myself to keep moving forward and not get too discouraged when it's a struggle because you never know who's watching your journey.

I would love to have an opportunity to run in Hawaii. I've heard how beautiful it is there and I've always wanted to visit might as well turn it into a run-cation.

Favorite quotes...

"Never under estimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit! We are all the same in this notion; the POTENTIAL for greatness lives within each of us"
Wilma Rudolph,  1st American woman to capture three gold medals in a single Olympics

"Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway"
Earl Nightingale


1)      I started running when I was in my late teens.

2)      My goal is to stay fit and get more physical

3)      One bad experience I had was I injured my right knee and ankle. I was out of commission for a while. What brought me back is sanction race events like 5k, 10k 15k, half-marathon and marathon.

4)      Granola cereal with milk and banana before a race. Also pasta (2 to 3 plates) a night before a big race like half and full marathon.

5)      My running plan consist of running at least 25 miles a week or five miles each workout. Every other weekend I do long distance run like 15k or half-marathon. For half and full marathon, I follow interval runs with walks and refueling every two to three miles.

6)      Blooms to Brews Marathon 2017 because of the beautiful scenery which include mountains and tulips.

7)      Running clubs like Clark County Running Club; Vancouver Run, Chug and Grub; and Team Red Lizard. Of course, running partner(s) like my friends.

8)      My favorite run destination are Springwater Corridor to Waterfront Park; Salmon Creek Greenway Trail; Esther Short Park; and running around the neighborhood or work.

9)      Boston Marathon, Chicago Marathon, New York Marathon and Universal Studio Marathon in Orlando, Florida.

10)   “Success starts by setting goals”; “When you believe in yourself, anything is possible”; “Always do your best”

“To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” - Steve Prefontaine

Danielle is an avid runner and triathlete. On the weekends or after work, you can usually find her biking, swimming, cycling and running along the many great routes in the Clark County area. If it’s during the winter, you’ll find her in the pool or at spin class at a local gym. She also enjoys helping her 10 year old son, Alex, reach his athletic goals.

Blooms to Brews marathon is an awesome event filled with fun people.

In the past, Danielle has worked as a cross country coach at Washougal High School and has also taught classes on how to prepare for your first half marathon.

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