I am recovering from a knee and ankle injury and am working up to a full marathon again. Last year, I ran 3 fulls and was training for a Boston qualifying race, but that all came to an end 4 weeks before the race. This was devastating, but I’m working on getting stronger and adding mileage safely. I am so excited to run the Chicago Marathon and can’t wait to run another full again.
Why do you run? Maybe it’s selfish, but I run for me. I run because it gives me confidence in myself and my ability to do hard things. All my life I have been insecure and felt like I didn’t measure up to other girls, or women, as I’ve gotten older. But through running, I have learned to accept who I am and to be proud of that person. I can honestly be proud of myself now because I set goals, work hard towards them, and then see the fruits of my labor pay off on race day. For me, it’s about the whole process of putting in the work day-in and day-out to be the best runner that I can be, so that when I cross that finish line, I know in my heart that I left it all on the road. Racing and running isn’t easy, but again it goes back to doing hard things. And, when you’ve put in the work and you accomplish your goals, no one can take that from you.
Favorite distance: 13.1
Bucket List Races: Boston Marathon, New York City Marathon, any of the Revel Race Series marathons, the Big Sur Marathon
Do you train according to any particular plan/method: I regularly use the run-walk-run, Galloway Method. If it weren’t for the Galloway Method, I never would have become a runner. Knowing that it is okay to walk freed me from my fear of failure- that I couldn’t be a runner. I have used a variety of different run-walk-run- intervals since I started running and have had great success with each of them. During my 3rd marathon, I ran a very difficult, very hilly course, and was able to break 4 hours by taking regular walk breaks. I know this method isn’t for everyone, as many runners take great pride in “never walking”, however, it is a strategy that works for me and I believe could work for many more women if they knew there was no shame in walking.
During marathon training, I try for three key workouts per week, as described by the Run Less, Run Faster program. This training plan incorporates speedwork, tempo runs, and long runs in order to prepare for the marathon distance. What I like about this plan is that it gives each run a purpose and a goal aside from distance.
What 3 words best describe your typical race strategy: Commit, Persist, Achieve
What’s on your running playlist? Mostly rap and pop. I like to keep it up-tempo and current.
What role does nutrition play in helping you reach your fitness goals? I work hard to eat a good balance of carbs, fats, and protein. Over the last year and a half, I have focused on nutrition and eating a lot more vegetables and lean protein and have seen it help my running significantly.
What do you do to overcome mental/physical challenges while running? I try to be present in the mile and focus on it being the best mile it can be. I also sometimes dedicate a mile to a family member, so when I’m struggling I think about what they mean to me and I visualize them cheering me on.
Road running or Trail running: Road
What is your spirit animal: Cat - I’m independent and curious.
If you could meet any woman from history who would it be and why? Ruth Bader Ginsberg - As a history teacher, I am inspired by her life story, her independence, and her commitment to fitness all while serving at the highest level of our judicial branch.
Why do you wear compression: I wear compression socks to increase circulation in my legs and prevent cramps while running. After running, I also wear them from time to time to help my legs recover from a particularly long or hard work out. In addition to the functionality of the compression, I also like the way they look and how they enhance my overall running outfit.
When do you wear your Lily Trotters? I wear them for both running and recovery.