I was nominated to do this by Bekah Darling.
Read on for some insight into why I love to run.
20 Questions about Running
1. How long have you been running?
I ran track in high school until an injury sidelined me from running for a few years. I did not get back into running races or long distances until 2010.
2. Why did you start running?
For my health. I fell back in love with it quickly and progressed from my first 5K in November 2010 to running my first Half Marathon in April 2011!
3. What is the furthest distance you have ever ran?
15 miles for a training run was the longest distance.
4. What is your best running memory?
I have narrowed it down to 3:
a) My first real great running memory is the first time I completed 10 miles during a training run and experienced my first “runner’s high”. That was a great day.
b) Crossing the finish line with Paige and Maria at the Iron Girl Clearwater Half Marathon in 2013. It was their first half marathon and we crossed the finish line together. It was an awesome moment for all of us.
c) The day I set my current Half Marathon PR at the St. Pete Beach Classic Half in January 2013. I had been doing more cross training than running and was so surprised to see how fast I was going. I smiled for a week straight about that one.
5. What shoes do you run in?
This season, I am running in the Brooks Ghost 6.
6. What are your favorite and least favorite distances to run or race?
I do not usually enjoy running anything less than 5 miles. I would rather not run than run 3 miles because I don’t seem to hit my stride and enjoy it until mile 4. I prefer to run anywhere from 6-10 miles at any given time.
7. Do you have a running partner?
At the moment, I do not have a running partner. I had several in Florida and I miss them all the time. Especially Paige!
8. What is your favorite place to run?
In Portland, I enjoy running anywhere, it seems.
In Florida, I enjoyed running near the water.
9. What is your favorite running accessory?
My Garmin Forerunner 220, as it helps me keep track of my time, distance and pace.
10. Do you like outdoor or indoor running?
I refuse to run on the “dreadmill”! I am an outdoor runner.
11. What is your favorite time of the day to run?
My favorite time to run is first thing in the morning, before everyone is awake. There is a peacefulness to running at the crack of dawn.
12. What races have you run in?
According to Athlinks:
7 Half Marathons
1 10 mile trail run
13. What music do you listen to when running?
I only listen to music if I am really struggling. I prefer to run with my own thoughts and ideas. I have a very eclectic taste, so you never know what will pop up on my running playlist. I have everything from Pop and Alternative to Rap and even some EDM.
14. What is the coldest or hottest weather you have ever ran in?
Coldest: 9 degrees in Oregon
Warmest: 90+ degrees in Florida
15. What are some other exercises you love?
High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), cross training, strength training, and Hiking. I have found cross training enables me to run faster and further without injury.
16. Are you currently training for something?
I am about to begin training for the inaugural Beat The Blerch Half Marathon taking place in September.
17. What are your current or future goals?
My running goal this year is to break 2 hours for a half marathon. I came close last year with a PR of 02:03:22 but I want to break 2 hours.
18. Advice for new runners?
Slow and steady wins the race! Listen to your body, rest when you need to. Let yourself fall in love with it.
19. Why did you start a running blog?
When I started participating in races, my friends and family would ask how I was doing, so my husband suggested a blog so everyone could keep up with my running. Now its been a few years and it is still fun to write about my adventures in running, products I love and sharing stories.
20. Who will you tag?
Krystal from TheRunnerWithin.com