3. Equipment you can’t live without– I don’t leave home without my iPod nano or my Nathan handheld water bottle.
4. Favorite race– I love the Madison Marathon, despite the difficulty of the course (super hilly for this flatlander)! The race is incredibly well organized, everything was easy and stress free, the course is beautiful, and it is in one of my favorite cities (and in the greatest college town) ever!
5. Best result – The race that I am most proud of is Chicago Marathon 2013 (my marathon PR race and 11 minute BQ time). I also ran the race with a perfectly even splits (meaning my first half and second half were within one second). This was the one race where I finally felt like everything clicked into place and my running reflected my training.
6. Why you run – I run for so many reasons, I don’t even know where to start! I run because I love training for something and being on a schedule. I run because it keeps me sane. I run because I love the company of my running friends. I run because I love pancakes and coffee (my favorite post-run treat). I run because it makes me feel strong.
7. How long have you been running? I first started running in 1998 and continued until 2003 (middle school and high school). I stopped running my senior year of high school and only ran extremely infrequently (if at all) until 2011 when I started training for my first marathon.
8. Have you been injured? Yes – I had hip surgery in 2014 for a detached labrum and FAI impingement (and no, it wasn’t caused by running)! In 2011 and 2012 I also dealt with IT band issues. However, since I have started cross-training (CrossFit) and seeing a chiropractor regularly I have (*knock on wood*) managed to stay injury free!
9. Have you gone a year without injury? Yes! I stayed injury free all of 2013 when training for Chicago. I have also been injury free since 2015 (once I recovered from my surgery).
10. Run streak? Personally, I am not a big fan of run streaks (I believe in regular rest days – even when high mileage training).
11. Have you run in another country? Yes – I ran in Puerto Rico during our vacation there in 2013.
12. U.S. states have you raced in? 2 (Illinois and Wisconsin)
13. The most important thing running has taught you? Patience and perseverance.
14. How many pairs of shoes do you own? I usually only have 1-2 pairs of running shoes in my “active” rotation.
15. Training partners? I alternate between running alone and running with training groups. I love my running buddies!
16. Favorite energy product? My body doesn’t tolerate a lot of gels, but I am a huge fan of Honey Stinger, Chia Gel, and Hammer Gel.
17. Cross training activity? CrossFit and Cycling
18. Runs during week? Usually 6, unless I need an extra rest day
19. Water or sports drink? Nuun! It’s the best of both worlds.
20. Most unusual running experience? Unusual, I’m not sure. But running my first Ragnar Relay on an ultra team was certainly a unique experience and much different than any other running that I have done.
Now it’s your turn to answer some (or all) of these questions about YOU!