Athlete Spotlight: Mary Beth Naumann

Where are you from? Lots of places around Eastern KY/WV – I’m an actual coal miner’s daughter.

How did you get into endurance sports? Team-in-Training, the 2003 Maui marathon. I’d started “running” after college (there’s not much of a post-college cheerleader market), and a marathon seemed like a cool thing to do.

When did you first start with Rocksport coaching? 2015!! I SOOOOO wanted to be the first, but I think I was second, but maybe the first IM finisher?

Favorite two races? Easy to pick one: The Marshall Marathon. Harder to pick a second. Worlds in Lausanne, Switzerland was an amazing experience.

What is the achievement you’re proudest of as an athlete? Finishing IM Louisville that first time.

Morning or evening workouts? Oh gawd, please not early morning. But not evening either. How about before lunch, or early afternoon? You know I can’t just pick from what you give me as options . . .

What’s your bucket list race? I honestly don’t have one. How about any triathlon where I run 8 minute miles?

Three songs most likely to be on your training playlist? This is. So. Hard. 1. Could Have Been Me, the Struts; 2. Paint it Black, the Rolling Stones; 3. Do or Die, 30 Seconds to Mars  (Just off the list: How Far We’ve Come, Matchbox 20; any Green Day; Just Like a Pill, Pink; Move Along, All American Rejects; Under Pressure, Queen. I’ll stop now.)

One song that would NEVER be on that playlist? LOL, you KNOW this. Anything, anything by the Rooster people (Alice in Chains).

Favorite running shoes? Asics, something named after a cloud . . .

Most embarrassing racing (or training) moment? Racing – this year, THIS year, forgetting and undoing my helmet before getting to the bike racks at Nationals and getting called out by the referee. Training – first time trying clipless pedals ever and with my new brand new tri bike in my driveway, failing to unclip, falling into our Japanese Cherry Tree, and Kevin saying (after making sure the BIKE was OK), “I thought you were more coordinated than that.” (We are still married.)

Most inspiring athlete? Rinny!!!!!!! And Simone Biles – just wow.

What movie makes you laugh out loud? The Wedding Singer

Any podcast, book or YouTube channel you recommend for training motivation? Not really – most of that stuff just intimidates me, or makes me feel like I’m not doing enough or the right thing. It’s fun to watch the GCN/GTN people.

Ultimate goal as an athlete?  I don’t want one, because, then what?

About erinrockrun

Erin Rock is a master's athlete, NASM personal trainer and USA Triathlon certified coach. She and her wonderful Irish husband Damien have two fur babies. When not on the bike or roads, she can be found plant-based cooking, reading non-fiction, or trying to break the world record for number of grocery bags carried on her arms in one trip.
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