Melissa Stocking

67118692_10100423717684685_4461561900521488384_oMember since 2018

Current city: Portland, OR

Occupation: Legal Assistant

Instagram handle: @mellocrisp

Best running experience: Training for my first marathon and slowly completing new distances: 14 miles, 16 miles, 18 miles, 20 miles… learning that my body was capable of achieving things I had never even given it credit for.

Best racing experience: Racing my first team relay at the Wild Rogue Relay in 2017. It meant so much to run as part of a team, experience the beautiful course along the Rogue river and Pacific ocean, cheer for my teammates and be cheered by them, even sleeping what little we could on tarps at the side of the road was fun!

Passions outside of running: Working with local immigrant populations, either through my job at an immigration law firm or volunteering as an English teacher in the community. Exploring new places, hiking trails, and swimming holes (at least for a few months each year).

Favorite post-run meal: Nothing like a solid brunch. I want eggs, meat, veggies, potatoes, a biscuit , fruit, coffee, and a bloody mary with lots of pickled things.

Racing highlights/PRs:
5K – 22:46, Bowerman 5K 2019
10K – 47:56.7, Run Like Hell 2018
15K – 1:15:58, Shamrock Run 2019
Half Marathon – 1:37:37*, San Diego Resolution Run (*short course by about .6 miles, but PR effort equivalent to an approximate finish time of 1:42:22)
Marathon – 4:11:30, Portland Marathon 2015