When and why did you start running?I started running in the summer of 2012. I used to hate running in high school but always saw people running in my local state park when I went on walks there and I thought that maybe I would give it another try. I ran 1 mile on my first run and even though it hurt, I kept running 1 mile a few times a week until I started thinking about running a little farther. Eventually I was up to 3 miles and in September 2012 I ran my first 5k! My dream race was the Disney Princess Half Marathon and I finally ran it in 2014!
What is your favorite race and race distance? Even though I’ve only run 2 half marathons, I think they are my favorite race distance. I love the fact that they are less about speed and more about endurance. I enjoy having a big goal to work towards and love the feeling I get after a long run! Even though I love half marathons, my favorite race would have to be the Hershey 10k because it’s so much fun to run through Hershey Park and finish in Hershey Stadium, and the atmosphere is really fun and relaxed. Plus there’s so much chocolate!
What is your race day routine?I try to wake up at least 2 hours before the race to eat a bowl of cinnamon oatmeal. I don’t think I’ve ever run a race without eating that and I don’t want to mess with it! The night before a race I set out everything I need, so I’m ready to go on race morning. I usually hang out with my husband as much as I can before the race so he can help calm my nerves because I’m always nervous before a race!
What is your most favorite piece of running gear?This is a hard question because I have so much awesome running stuff, but I’d have to say that my favorite piece of gear is headbands! For general running, I really love my BAMR Band headbands. I’ve tried to run in so many other headbands and if you have a weird shaped head like me you know how annoying it is to try to do a long run in a headband that keeps slipping off! In the winter I switch to ear warmer headbands which not only keep me warm, they keep the hair out of my face! Lululemon makes my favorite one.
Do you follow any diet or take any specific supplements that complement your running?I probably should, but I don’t do too much! I do refuel after all long runs with Nuun, and always try to have a banana and chocolate milk after a tough run. The week before a big race I will try to cut out unhealthy food, coffee, and alcohol (which I rarely drink anyways). I will also drink more water than usual so I’m hydrated for the race.
What do you wish you’d known when you first started running? That it’s okay to have a bad run. It happens all the time and it doesn’t mean that you’re a bad runner or should give up. Bad runs teach us lessons and they make the good runs that follow feel even better!
What is your fondest running memory?Running in the Love Run Half Marathon in the cold, pouring rain and realizing at the halfway point that not only was I feeling great and not tired at all, I was on pace for reaching a finish time that I thought was impossible for me to ever reach! While I eventually missed my time goal by less than a minute, it still felt amazing to run such a long distance and feel so strong doing it!
What is one thing that most people do not know about you?That I’m a huge hockey fan and I kissed the Stanley Cup once! :-) Go Flyers!
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