Joy Moats Profile



By Gene Deering and Joe Howell

This former competitive salsa dancer and serious baseball hitter (details below) has quickly become one of the fastest female runners in Santa Barbara. After she won the San Diego Half Marathon, the word is out….  Look for additional hardware on Joy’s mantle as she enters her fourth year of competitive running. We are going to be reading Joy’s name in the sports page for years to come!

Name: Joy Moats      

Age: 37

Nicknames: Lil’ Bean, The Bean.

Hometown: Santa Barbara

Employment: Office manager, bookkeeper at Zemella Chiropractic.

Family: Husband Ian and our amazing cats Kiki, Gigi and Ramelli.

Other sports, hobbies, interests, etc.: Strength training at the gym until I run out of time or hit exhaustion. I could stay there all day. I will also read anything and everything you put in front of me. My husband is teaching me to play tennis…so far it isn’t going so well but lots of fun!

Most Prized Possession: My sobriety, my husband…have you seen how handsome he is?

Favorite Food: That’s easy!! McConnell’s Wow Cow frozen yogurt

Favorite Movie: Can’t pick just one…gonna have to say Moulin Rouge, Notting Hill and Les Miserables. I am a total chick.

Favorite Spectator Sport: Football and basketball.

Car I’d Love to be Driving: Brand new BMW 320i, Range Rover or…in my fantasy world I would be driving a Maybach.

My friends describe me as: Loyal. Shy and introverted, but open up quickly.

If money were not a consideration, I would love to: Not have to work. Instead just train, train, train and go back to school to get my PhD in Psychology.

In the next 5 years, I hope to: Relocate somewhere with my husband where we can afford a home, have the same passion for running as I do now and be able to train like I am now, be healthy, be sober.

In the next 10 years, I hope to: Have my own business that I’m passionate about. Be healthy, sober and running with just as much drive as I have now.

Personal fact that will surprise my friends: I hit 60 mph fast balls at the batting cages, and I used to be a competitive salsa dancer.

Favorite Running Shoes: Adidas Adios

Favorite Distance and PR (post collegiate): I honestly do not know what I really consider my favorite distance. Each distance presents a different set of obstacles to overcome. That is what is so great about running.

Best Race and Why: San Diego ½ Marathon. My first big win, PR of 1:18:59. The course had a legit hill, and the best part is I ran without a watch (not by choice!). I learned a ton from that whole “run by feel” thing Rusty and Mike talk about!!

Worst Race and Why: Boston 2012…it was 88 degrees and my quads cramped at mile 3….it was a very long 23.2 miles left to go.

Average Weekly Mileage (last 12 months): 70-80 miles

Favorite Local Race: SBIM, Super Bowl 4 Miler, Resolution Run

Most Memorable Running Experience: My very first road race was the Chardonnay 10 miler in 2010. I had no idea what I was doing but the excitement and energy I felt hooked  on running. I will never forget that race.

Favorite Place to Run: Anywhere.

Glory Days PR: Considering I have only been running 3 years, I think these are my glory days?

Realistic Running Goals for this Year: Sub 2:50 at Chicago       

Wildly Optimistic Running Goals for this year: 2:45 at Chicago

Lifetime Running Goals: To always love the sport and be a lifelong runner.

Local Running Heroes & Why: Tekle Menelik for taking me on my first run. David Silverander, Jessica Douglas, Doug and Jill Christ for their running work ethic. My first coach Drea McLarty, who subsequently introduced me to Rusty Snow and the running group. Cindy Abrami and Elaine Campo inspire me. All the runners I have met and run with are heroic to me. Everyone has a story.

Personal Training Tips: Rusty Snow is always right.

Why I Run: Keeps me sane and sober. Oh…and it makes me a happier wife.

I love runners who: Motivate me to always be better and push harder.

I don’t care for runners who: Have big egos.

Suggestions for local races: We are so lucky in a small community to have so many great races and race directors. No need for suggestions.

Suggestions for SBAA: Just a Thank You to the volunteers and people who help run SBAA!!

Favorite Quote: “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” Steve Prefontaine.
SBAA Member since: 2011