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Gutsey Ambassador: Paige Mills, marathon runner and business owner

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Where were you born? Where do you live now?

I was born in the quaint little town of Keene, NH. Currently, home is where the heart is and where the road takes me as I recently started a mobile coffee business. We sell organic coffee from a converted 1995 Ford Econoline and travel the country running races and surfing.

Tell us a little about yourself, your hobbies, things you love.

You could call me an optimist...I have a hunger for tasting life and embracing a good challenge always brings a smile to my face! My main hobby is running. I love to train, compete, and strive to be better at my sport. I also love to write, surf, and hike...basically anything outdoors! My family is my life and that includes my running family too, so sweat and blood :)

Tell us about any accomplishments you have received over the years and/or goals you are trying to achieve.

Accomplishments: 56th Place at USATF Club Cross Country Nationals 2017/6k PR 21:06 1st Place Keene, NH Wobble Gobble 4 miler/21:50 1st Place Keene, NH Stone Arch 10-Miler/ 61:07 6th Place Hartford Connecticut Half Marathon 2017/ 13.1 1:20.12 1st Place/Course Record Swanzey, NH Covered Bridges Half Marathon/ 13.1 1:19.45 1st Place Irvine, CA Steve Scott Invitational 5k/PR 16:55 2nd Place Carlsbad, CA Carlsbad 5000/ 17:08

3 Time DIII NCAA All-American (2 times in cross country, 1 time in indoor track), 3 Time LEC Runner of the Year, 3 Time All New England Region, Honors 4 Years Varsity XC/TF at Keene State College, 2 years as Team Captain at KSC for XC/TF Indoor Vermont High School State Champion Mile and 2 Mile, 4 Years of High School Varsity XC/TF, Gold Key Recipient in High School for excellence in art, silversmithing High School, National Honors Society, Regional Writing Competition winner 2006 Masters of Education, School Counseling K-12 from University of Redlands, 2 years DIII coaching at University of Redlands 2012-2014, 2 years DII coaching at California State University, San Marcos 2015-2017 under Steve Scott, Coached the SCIAC & DIII NCAA West Region Field Athlete of the Year, Darron Usher in the LJ USTFCCCA Level 1 Track and Field Technical Coaching Certification.

Goals: To stay healthy and keep breaking personal records! I would like to break 16 minutes in the 5k, break 4:20 in the 1500 and hopefully one day qualify for Olympic Trials in the Marathon. My goals aside from running include surfing on the North Shore of Hawaii in the winter (this will take some real guts!), surf in Alaska, and backpack through Europe. Goals for my business, Salty Bean Coffee Co., are to inspire people to live and reach their dreams and, of course, sell lots of delicious organic coffee!

Why do you think you live a GutseyLife?

Well I quit a job I loved (coaching at Cal State University San Marcos) to start a business that is first of it's kind and will allow me to connect with people and athletes all over the country as I train to be the best runner I can be...Is that gutsy enough?! :) P.S. I also broke my femur falling clumsily down a staircase, only to set a lifetime PR of 16:55 in the 5k a year later.

How do you want to help/inspire others?

Through my business, Salty Bean Coffee Company. I plan to bring my business to races and communities far and wide promoting an active and healthy lifestyle. I would also like to connect with high school and collegiate teams as I travel and talk to youth about how sports and having a passion can save your life as running did for me. I have already done this with a local cross country camp in my hometown and my former team at Keene High School. I spoke to the team and then paced their distance runners in a was so much fun!

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