Tuesday, June 2, 2015

National Running Day Interview

National Running Day is TOMORROW, June 3, 2015!
I participated, with a bunch of fellow Sweat Pink Ambassadors, who all completed this set of interview questions in preparation for National Running Day! Thank you Kristen at Jonesin' for a run for sharing this with us all!

1. Why do you run?
I know that there are a hundred reasons that I could list as to why I run and why I continue to run. It all started with a push to raise some money and has grown into (recently) part of my everyday life. Running keeps me honest and humble, patient and energized, goal-seeking and motivated. I run to get outside, to feel the endorphins and to get away. I run to be strong and accomplished and to be an active role model for Cameron.

2. How do you plan to celebrate National Running Day?
My marathon training schedule has me doing 3 miles tomorrow, June 3rd.

3. How many miles have you run so far this year?
Great question – I have no idea! I have never added them up. Now I may have to! ;)

4. What big events do you have on the race calendar so far this year?
My first marathon is on October 18, 2015. The Baystate Marathon in Lowell, MA! I’ll also be doing the Monadnock Half Marathon in Rindge, NH on August 9th as a prep-race.

5. Before you leave for a run you must have:
For a short run, I just wear my Garmin and Sparkly Soul Headband (along with the obvious: shirt, sports bra, shorts/capris and Saucony sneaks). For a long run, I’ll wear my fuel belt with some Nuun in it, Garmin, Sparkly Soul Headband, either GU Chomps or Jelly Belly Sport Beans (for runs over an hour), head phones, cell phone and AMR Podcasts downloaded!

6. Do you have one favorite app to track your runs?
I was a Runkeeper user until I got my Garmin. I still occasionally use Runkeeper if my watch needs to be charged. I also love Charity Miles!

7. Who is your favorite running partner?
My BFF Becca and I have a very similar pace and she entertains me on my shorter long runs – I’ll get her to do a 10 miler with me sometime! Right, Bec??

8. What races have you ran so far this year?
Big Lake Half Marathon in Alton, NH on May 9th!

9. If you had to give someone one piece of advice about running what would it be?
Don’t compare yourself to others. Run your own race, your own pace. Comparison is the thief of joy! You’ll never feel the euphoria of completing a race if you are focused on the runners who came in ahead of you.

10.  Describe your relationship with running in one word:


Check out the other awesome women who are sharing their interviews:

As another week of training has come and gone, here's a little recap:
The run streak officially began on Memorial Day Monday:
Monday: 2.20 miles at 10:54 pace
Tuesday: 1.02 miles at 12:01 pace
Wednesday: 3.20 miles at 11:55 pace
Thursday: 4x200s with half mile warm up and half mile cool down
Friday: 1.01 miles at 11:20 pace 
Saturday (sight seeing in Philly): 2.00 miles at an on and off photo-taking pace ;) Then walked 3 miles with friends for more sight seeing.
Sunday: 1.00 treadmill mile starting at 12:00 pace and ending at 10:30 pace.

The 11-12:00 pace has been my go-to while my quad still heals and I crank up the mileage with the run streak. I started out looking at that 12:00min/mi pace and feeling like a bum, but I realized I was feeling that way solely because I didn't want to share that I was going "that slow", because I know I can go faster, but really...who cares? Everyone has their own pace that works for them at any specific time. A mile is a mile, right? 


  1. Yay for your first marathon!! Super exciting :) October is such a perfect time of the year to run. Good luck with your training! Happy National Running Day :)

    1. I totally agree! My best races have happened in the Fall! Thanks for the support - Happy National Runninh Day to you, too! :)

  2. That is a great word - running is restorative. I feel like running clears all the crap out of my brain and let's me filter out what I can't control.

    Good luck with marathon training! So exciting!!!

    1. Definitely. My whole body feels different on days that I've hit the pavement, including my mind! Thanks for the luck! :)

  3. Nice interview! Good luck with your training and upcoming races! Nothing wrong with an 11-12 minute pace, most of my training runs are at 11:30. We're all getting it done!

    1. We ARE all getting it done! Keep it up! High five!

  4. There's nothing wrong with that pace, you know the saying, forward is a pace!

  5. Thanks Wendy! One foot in front of the other, right? :)

  6. Oh such great goals! You will rock your first marathon!!! Are you in NH? I am a NH blogger and so am familiar with some of the great races you are doing! Love that your word is restorative, it totally is! Happy running day!

    1. I am in NH. I live in Keene. :) I found your blog last year after the CHaD HERO - I'll be participating in the event virtually this year, since Baystate is the same day. Yay for NH bloggers! I hope you had a happy Running Day too!

  7. Congrats on your first marathon coming up! I also listen to AMR podcasts - I usually start my long runs off with them. Happy National Running Day to you!