My fellow Sweat Pink Ambassador Kristen from Jonesin’ For A Run invited me to her linkup for National Running Day. National Running Day, held annually on the first Wednesday of June (this year it’s June 3, 2015), is a day when runners declare their passion for running. To celebrate, fellow SPAs are contributing to a survey about running. See below for my answers.
- Why do you run?
To prove to myself that I can physically do more than my mind gives my body credit for.
- How do you plan to celebrate National Running Day?
I’ll actually be riding my bike on National Running Day, ha! I have an important group ride that falls on June 3rd this year. But I will be celebrating with my run on June 4th!
- How many miles have you run so far this year?
I’ve tracked 107 miles so far this year with my Garmin. I know I’ve forgotten my watch a few times and added a few more miles, so let’s estimate about 125 miles.
- What big events do you have on the race calendar this year?
My “A race” this year is Ironman Augusta 70.3 (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike ride, then 13.1 mile run). I’ll follow that up with the Las Vegas Rock ‘n’ Roll Remix Challenge in November.
- Before I leave for a run I must have:
I check that I have my watch (powered and on!), my keys, shoelaces tied securely, Road ID, my hat and sunglasses on, knee brace, and a plan for hydration. I need to add my rescue inhaler to that list – I’m trying to get better at remembering to bring it with me!
- Do you have one favorite app to track your runs?
When I started running in 2012, I discovered Runkeeper and it’s by far my favorite app. You can adjust the settings to set goals, find training plans, have it coach you through your runs, track your progress over time, and much more. You can also use it for other activities like cycling, hiking, walking, and skiing.
- Who is your favorite running partner?
Gracie, my adorable rescue doggie! Her tongue hangs out the side of her mouth and she shuffles along as happy as can be! Seeing the joy on her face reminds me that running is fun. What she lacks in keeping a consistent pace she makes up for in cuteness!
- What races have you ran so far this year?
I ran the Rock ‘n’ Roll Dallas Remix Challenge in March, which was a 5k on Saturday followed by the half marathon on Sunday. I PRed the half marathon at 2:31! I ran the Portland Rock ‘n’ Roll half marathon in May.
- If you had to give someone one piece of advice about running what would it be?
Just start! You can start running with the shoes and clothes you already have. You don’t need the fanciest this or the newest that. I started running when Dallas was covered in an ice storm and was starting to get cabin fever after being homebound for days. I laced up the athletic shoes I had, grabbed Gracie, and we started jogging together. It felt SO GOOD to stretch my legs out and feel my heart pumping! It doesn’t matter how far or how fast you go- just starting is the most important step you can take!
- Describe your relationship with running in one word:
Roller coaster 🙂 Some days there are highs and some days there are lows, but it’s fun!
How are you planning on celebrating National Running Day?
How would you describe your relationship with running in one word?