Because I am a sucker for these things:
Best Run Ever:
2013 J&A Yuengling Shamrock Marathon. It was the first marathon (my 3rd) where I felt amazing throughout the entire run. I PR’d and got a sub-4 hours time. That was such a shock and the best feeling ever.
2014 Biggest Loser RunWalk 10K because it was the first time I’ve ever finished first in a race. I was the overall first finisher and I PR’d as well. It’s affected me in that for the first time ever I felt confident in my running ability and have learned not to sell myself short. I am capable of more than I think.
Three Words That Describe My Running: Determined, stubborn, improving
My Go-To Running Outfit:
Any tech shirt
Dry fit bottoms
Garmin Forerunner 210
New Balance Minimus Hi-Rez
Brooks Running Hat
Quirky Habits While Running: I sing theme songs from kids cartoons in my head. I have my toddler to thank for that (Sheriff Callie has gotten me through some tough runs!). I also tend to look down a lot and like to only take one step between the cracks on the sidewalk (it helps open my stride). I also only run in the middle of the road on races because that’s the spot that isn’t cambered.
Morning, Mid-day, or Evening: I used to be such a stickler about running only in the morning but now it depends on my mood. I love to do my long runs early in morning because I get it out of the way and can enjoy my day. Most other runs I do in the evening because it lets me spend time with my daughter during the day and get housework done. However, I do occasionally break out the BOB for a morning run to the park with my daughter. Like I said, it changes day to day.
I Won’t Run Outside If It’s…
I’ve ran in freezing temps…
So weather will never affect whether I’ll run or not. I will not run in the dark, though. I don’t like carrying a light or wearing reflective vest.
Worst Injury And How I Got Over It:
I developed a stress fracture in 2013. I was 6 months into my running streak and I was devastated. I ended up taking off a few weeks from running and focused on spinning and cycling. I eventually got back to running and worked on building my mileage up. I also started wearing a compression sleeve on that leg to help with the still tender break site.
Potential Running Goal For 2015: Qualify for Boston!
Next Race Is: 2014 Baltimore City Marathon. Looking to get another sub-4 hour finish!