|"skill helps, but it's mainly about determination"|
Why do I run? I run because it makes me a better person and basically defines who I am. It has made me a harder worker and taught me self-discipline and determination.
How long have you been running? How did you get started? Why did you choose running over other activities?
Well I am currently 17 and have been running since I was 10, so 7 years. My dad had decided to start running when I was younger and urged me to give it a try. I'll never forget my first 5k I ran on St. Patrick's day when I was 10 with my father. hahaha :) I chose running over other activities because unlike other sports, distance running takes a lot of hard training and not much skill. I mean yeah, skill helps, but its mainly about determination.
How do you motivate yourself to run regularly? What about on the days the weather is bad or you are feeling particularly lazy?
I motivate myself by keeping a positive attitude while going into each run. If I'm having a lazy day, I just don't think about it- I just do it. Sometimes getting out the door is the hardest part but once that part is done, my laziness is long gone.
Do you use a running coach, or read any books to aid in your training?
I don't use a running coach. I read Runner's World regularly and sometimes things online, but generally just run whatever myself or my dad is feeling.
How do you fit running in with your daily schedule?
In the fall, I have cross country practice every week day so I obviously get my run in then. When that season ends, I run every week day when I get home from school. On the weekends, I run every morning with my dad at the park (which is generally when I do my longer run of 8 or more miles)
Do your friends and family support your running or think you are crazy?
They all support it but some of my friends do think I'm crazy (hahah). My dad obviously supports it since we run every 5k, 5 miler, 10k, and half marathon together. My mom is a big P90X fanatic and thinks it's good that I'm so into fitness.
What is your favorite running terrain (road, trail, treadmill)?
I love road races and even training on the road. However, I absolutely adore running trails/parks, especially when it's warm out. As for the treadmill.. I don't hate it as much as a lot of people do as long as I have my music or a Southpark marathon! haha :)
What is the hardest race you’ve run to date?
The hardest race I've run is without a doubt one of my cross country meets from the past season. It was at this course we call "Jurasic Park" and it was BEYOND MUDDY. Literally walking the course before we ran it, we were up to our knees in mud. To make it even better, it was hilly! Running the course literally took double the time of what it normally would. It was more like a mudslide than a xc course hahaha. We all finished completely drenched in mud. It was also a good time though!
What is the most enjoyable race you’ve run to date?
My most enjoyable race must have been my second half marathon last May. My dad and I finished within our goal time frame and I just felt really good during each of the 13.1 miles. There was a great atmosphere at that race.
Have you ever been injured due to running? What were the ramifications?
No injuries! I'm so lucky haha :)
Do you use any music or run tracking devices when you run, or are you a naked runner.?
The only time I have music on is when I run on the treadmil. When I'm outside, I'm always a naked runner without music or a watch.
How do you get yourself through the difficult parts of your runs? Do you have a personal mantra or do you just give up?
One of my mantras is "we got this" because of the pink & white wristband I wear around my wrist each day. We had the wristbands made for awareness after my close friend passed back in October due to Guilianne barre Syndrome. All I do is think to myself is that I can "do it for Becky".
A lot of runners know that “Who has the runs” has a double meaning. How do you deal with the occasional “problem” that plagues every runner at one time or another?
Hahahahahah I simply deal with it by going to the bathroom of course.
What advice would you give to someone thinking about taking up running?
My advice to anyone who wants to start running would be to not give up, no matter how difficult it is, especially at first.
What is your next big race?
My next big race is at the end of May- the Cleveland Half Marathon, which will be my third half.
What is your immediate running goal?
My immediate running goal is that I increase my mileage each month.
What is your ultimate running goal?
My ultimate running goal is to NEVER STOP. (and trust me, I never will)
Do you have a way we can keep track of your progress (Twitter, Facebook, Blog, etc).
I do post a lot of my runs on twitter! follow me @scotchysup :)