After all that you accomplished, what drives you to continue running?
I simply just love to run. I have a hard time feeling as refreshed after any other workout. It brightens my mood and just feels like the day is right when it is done!
How do you motivate yourself on days when you don't feel like running?
I do simple things now like just putting my running clothes on and doing things around the house until I am ready or call a friend that I would like to catch up with. My running has definitely become my social hour!
On average, how many times and miles do you run a month?
Currently I am running about 25 to 40 miles a week. So 100 to 160 miles a month. Seems low but when I am working and traveling like I do there is usually a day or two off each week. No more doubles and I rarely run over 10 miles but if I do a marathon again that will change.
What's the weirdest or funniest thing that ever happened to you while running?
My dad and I got pulled over once on a run. We were running in my little town of Dawson, Minnesota. The population is 1600. My dad had run the same route for about 25 years and he was the city attorney for about 20 years. So needless to say, this was routine and he knew he wasn't doing anything wrong. Well I was about 13 years old and already had placed in the top 10 at both state cross and track the year before and a state trooper new to the area pulled us over. He even put the lights on thinking we were running from something and needed help. It was pretty funny since everyone in the Dairy Queen had first row seats!
What are your favorite types of fuel for running and why?
I eat a lot of Peanut Butter and Jelly to be honest. I love that on race morning or before a big workout day. It tastes so good and sits right in my stomach.
What's your favorite cheat food & drink?
A hamburger and a milkshake or a really cold Cherry Coke.
Do you like ice baths? Why or why not?
Not so much but I am known to take a warm bath a lot. I have never really loved the feeling of my legs after a cold bath.
What's the most important tip you like to give new runners?
To start slow and give it about 3 weeks. Whenever I have time away from the sport there is usually something that clicks after being back for about 3 weeks. That’s when I start to feel like a runner again.
What is your favorite running accomplishment so far?
Making the Olympic team and running my first marathon 4 months after having my 2nd child. I hope to run faster one day but I just loved the journey.
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