1. On average how many races do you run a year?
If we are counting EVERY race distance…I would say anywhere between 7-12. It changes from year to year. I do on average run 2 FULL marathons every year…one in the spring and one in the fall/winter months. I take the summer to train and run shorter faster races and half marathons. A couple of years ago when I first got into running…I was a racing fool. I signed up for every race that was hot in them streets. I have wised up as of late and really want to get faster and stronger so I like to practice a bit of self control. In other news, I think I’m going to need another medal rack soon because this one is just out of control.
2. What accessories do you like to run with: a hat, a visor, sunglasses, chapstick, sunscreen, head band, ponytail, braids, sweat band?
I am very much a minimalist when it comes to running and don’t like to carry around a lot of junk in my trunk. Typically I roll with a headband, sunscreen for sure, and slater on some anti-chafing stuff. Good to go. Sweaty bands are my fave right now. They really do stay on.
3. Where do your workouts come from? A training plan, a coach, whatever you feel like doing that day or what your training partner is doing that day?
Right now I’m using Hal Higdon’s marathon training plan…I tend to use his plans when I’m training solo. In the past I’ve also used training plans from Luke’s Locker when I run with my running group and that has worked out quite well. I also believe in mixing things up with cross training as well as strength and YOGA to prevent injuries.
4. How many miles on average do you put on a pair of shoes?
I don’t count like that…I wish I was more type A about this. I just get new shoes after a few months of hard training. I typically know by feel when it’s time to get a new pair. I go through my Newtons like it ain’t no thang.
5. Cell phone= do you bring it with you on your run or leave it at home?
Bring it with me especially when I run alone which is quite often during the week. Plus I like to rock out to my jams on my phone. My droid is my BFF on the run.
6. What was your last running related injury or have you been an injury free runner?
Last year I injured my hip flexor and was out from running for a few months. For me, it was more of a mental setback and WAKE UP CALL more than anything else. Before that I was always that invincible runner that thought it would never happen to me…that signed up for every race and as a result of having that injury I’ve wised up lots about racing. I LOVE to run and race but I truly want to be able to do it for the rest of my life. So I cross train, I do easy/recovery runs along with my speedwork, and I mix it up a lot more now than I did before. I learned from that experience that you have to take care of yourself and do those preventative things…be easy on yourself. It’s easy to be hard on ourselves as runners. Push yourself and your limits, get out of your comfort zone and all that…but know when to REST and do what you need to do to stay a well rounded runner. Oh and wear compression socks after your long runs…they are a big hug for your legs. Love these babies so much.
7. Is your current running goal about running a farther distance (adding more mileage) or getting faster or BOTH?!?
Eventually I would like to run an ultra/50K (And am thinking about running 30 miles on my 30th birthday! We will see how that goes – you’re invited to join) But currently I would like to PR at the marathon distance. My icing on the cake goal would be to qualify for Boston but I may just have to get older for that to happen. Honestly if I could just sub 4 again (I have done this twice) I would be over the moon.
8. Speedwork—-> at the track, on the treadmill, on the roads or never do it?
I love love love speedwork on the treadmill. Also fartleks and I are best friends.
9. Stretching after a run: hit the ground after a run and get stretching, stretch in the shower, stretch once you get to work/school, skip the stretching?
I stretch in my living room right after a run. I also do core work/weights in there. My favorite stretches…hip opening yoga poses. Pigeon, child’s pose (feels SO good after a hard run!), downward doggie. Happy baby. I love rolling on my lower back and loosening things up.
10. What was your reason(S) for starting to run?
Initially I picked it up as a fun, stress relieving type of hobby when I got laid off. I talk about this more on my About Me. I did lose weight as a result and have kept the weight off with my running. Now it’s really just a part of my overall lifestyle. And I love it. I’ll be doing it when I’m 85…God willing.
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