Crystal Seaver

After all that you accomplished, what drives you to continue running?

My drive comes from the love of a good challenge. It doesn't matter how many training runs you go on, how many races you've completed, how much so called success you've had, there is always the need for something more; the next challenge. It may take a day or two to sink in, but that drive comes back, even when you say, "I am never doing that again". It has everything to do with the life perspective, the stuff that is bigger than running that keeps you coming back for more.

How do you motivate yourself on days when you don't feel like running?

When motivation lacks, you have to rely on commitment and drive. Once you accept that you are not going to be motivated to get out and run every day, then you learn how to make it happen even when you don't want to make it happen. You remind yourself that you can do hard things, you think of all you have accomplished and put in, you think about others that inspire you, you think about your why. Lack of motivation never wins against commitment, drive and knowing your why.


On average, how many times and miles do you run a month?

My workout schedule changes month to month pending my race schedule. In general, weeks tend to look the same with running circuits, 3 long runs including one set by pace and two back to back time on feet runs, hill work and cross training. During my building/peak running months, I run 5 or more times a week and my mileage totals somewhere between 160 to 250 miles a week. I opt for hybrid training, so I generally come in with a lower number of monthly miles than most most ultra runners.


What does your weight training consist of and which exercise do you feel helps your running the most?

I wholeheartedly believe in cross training, especially strength training. I like to talk about it as training for performance versus aesthetics. We need to work the muscles that allow us to perform at our best. That means a focus on hips, core and glutes. These are small muscle groups and require a little extra conscious attention for active engagement. My favorites include: single leg bridges, single leg deadlifts, band work  like lateral walks and monster walks and compound lifts.

What's the weirdest or funniest thing that ever happened to you while running?

Let's talk about the Endurance Society 88K course. When you are in the middle of the woods, after running countless miles, it always makes you think twice when there are Barbie dolls in glass jars or underwear hanging on a line to dry. You never know what to expect when out on this course.


What are your favorite types of fuel for running and why?

I believe in using food for fuel with the goal of fueling for performance. But, I can't admit to being the best at this. I subscribe to an 80/20 clean/healthy food philosophy because it works and it's sustainable. I do have favorites. My go to, pre-race meal is always a wheat bagel with peanut butter and banana. It’s just the right mix of carbs and sugars to use as energy. I love Isagenix Recovery and Replenish, aminos and electrolytes for the long run. And, I will never pass up a good chocolate chip cookie.


What's your favorite cheat food & drink?

I don't really have a cheat food. I usually just stick to a moderation philosophy and plan for the healthier versions of things. If I want a pizza, I will make a pizza with veggies and wheat crust. I have found that sticking to the things we love and just substituting with a healthier alternative works best for me. But, if there is one thing I love, it's chocolate chip cookies. I still do not consider this a cheat.


Do you like ice baths? Why or why not?

You will probably never find me reaping the benefits of an ice bath. I HATE being cold.


What's the most important tip you like to give new runners?

You just have to run. It doesn't have to be fast, it doesn't have to be far, it doesn't have to be what anyone else is doing. The goal is forward motion. If you have to walk, you walk. Just don't stop moving.


What is your favorite running accomplishment so far?

My favorite accomplishment has nothing to do with a medal or run completion, it has to do with all the people you meet along the way. Putting yourself out there, in your most vulnerable state, isn't easy. But, the sense of connection, based on lacing up your shoes is incredibly inspiring. My running friends far surpass my ability to count them on one hand.


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