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Inspirational Running Interview with Beth Risdon

Posted Jun 20 2012 7:00am

I've been reading Beth's blog, {SHUT UP AND RUN}   for a few months now and I love it!!! Beth is an amazing athlete. I love reading her posts. 

So I 'm really excited because she agreed to be interviewed! 

YAY!!!! Running advise. I love it!!! I could talk about running all day long!!!!!

So without further ado............Here she is 
Beth Risdon

1.  Why did you start running? 
My kids were getting older, my butt was getting bigger. I needed a goal. Right about that time, I got an invitation from Team in Training. They said  they would train me for a marathon and pay my travel and registration if I would fundraise for them. A total win-win!! That’s all she wrote. 

2. How long have you been running? 
Almost four years. Before then, I would jog about three times a year, when I was feeling frisky. Times have changed. 

3. Does your running interfere with your "day" job or your job as a stay at home mom? When do you have time to train? 
I guess it interferes in the sense that it takes time. But, I also think it make me more productive and gives me more energy, so it all evens out. I train in the mornings before everyone gets up. If it doesn’t happen then, it’s not happening. I’m very lucky to have a flexible schedule with my job and I work from home. This makes training much easier. The kids are simply used to their mom always “off and running” so they get that my training is just part of our lives. 

4. How many miles a week do you run and do you follow a specific training plan? 
It really depends on my current goals. Right now, I am not training for a marathon, but have several triathlons and a running relay coming up. My weekly mileage right now is only 20-25 miles. During marathon training, it will be more like 35-45 miles per week. Anything over that, and my body starts to break down. Being a certified running coach, I create all of my own training plans. This lets me really tailor my plan to my schedule and to my particular needs. 

5. About how many races a year do you run and what's your favorite distance? 
I do about 10 or so races per year. I actually like all distances except for the 5Ks and 10Ks. They hurt too bad because I feel like I’m anaerobic and on the verge of dying the whole time. 

Boulder Half Iron Man 2011

6. Tell us what your favorite race of all time was?  
I’ll be boring and predictable and say the Boston Marathon. But, it’s true. I worked so hard to get there. That race represented so much for me. Plus, I had my entire family and extended family there cheering me on. I get chills just thinking about it. There is NOTHING like working your ass off and reaching your hard-earned goal. 

7. Do you have a partner and do they run as well? 
My husband started running about three years ago. Our paces are pretty compatible. When I started running longer distances, he said he would never do more than a 10K. He did his first marathon last year, so now he’s eating some major crow. 
Beth and her partner Dean!

8. How does it make you feel to be such an accomplished runner? 
Are you sure you are talking to me? I guess I don’t see myself that way. Anytime I can run a race and feel strong I get a huge burst of enthusiasm and sense of accomplishment. I think that’s why I love running so much – it gives you the biggest boost imaginable. 

9. Do you have a just a few tips to help any of my readers who are not runners but desperately want to be? My best advice is to – you guessed it – Shut up and run! It does you no good to overthink it – you will just take yourself out of it. But, also be realistic. Do not go out the first time and try to run five miles. You’ll just get discouraged. Be smart. Find a plan or a coach that works for you. Then stick to it. Nothing messes with your confidence more than letting yourself down. And whatever you do, don’t compare yourself to others. This is your deal. 

10. I am desperate to work on my speed. One of my biggest goals is to Qualify for Boston. Any advice on speedwork and what works the best for you? When I trained for Boston, I incorporated the Yasso 800 speed work into my plan in about week six. I think this helped me tremendously to get faster. The thing about the Yassos, however, is that you have to be consistent and to stick to the speed work plan for ten weeks. Do that, and you WILL become faster. 
Colorado Marathon May 2010. Beth Qualifies for Boston!!!!

 11 Do you follow a specific diet plan or just try to eat healthy to keep your weight down? I am blessed with good genes. Thanks mom. No diets here. Never.  

My trick to not gaining weight and to feeling good is to eat simply and to cook at home. That said, I drink wine every night and have dessert everyday. It may sound cliché, but moderation really is the trick. When I’m training I’m careful about getting enough carbs and protein. I try to be smart, not anal. 

12 Do you plan on running races for the rest of your life?  
You bet! I’ve got a lot I want to do. I’m just getting started. 

13 If you ever had the chance to go pro, would you take it? 
Right after Ryan Gosling gives me that backrub! I am certain that going pro is in my future because everyone wants a 45 year old woman who runs an 8:30 pace and keeps getting injured!! But, to answer your question, FOR SURE 
Beth After finishing the Boston Marathon

14 What are your favorite things about running? I’ve witnessed first hand how running can transform people mentally and physically. I’ve also experienced it first hand. Running can be a powerful tool for change if you allow it to be. 

A HUGE thank you to Beth for sharing her runing story with us!!!!!!!! Please do check out her blog  {SHUT UP AND RUN}
You can read more inspirational interviews like this one  {here}

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