After all that you accomplished, what drives you to continue running?
Running has always been a part of me so I can't imagine a life without it. I love to set goals and train hard. I may not always achieve the goals I have set, but it is the pursuit that is so alluring. The cool thing about running is that you can always set the bar higher; there is no finish line so to speak.
How do you motivate yourself on days when you don't feel like running?
When people ask me if I run every day I tell them it is like brushing your teeth; sometimes you don't feel like doing it but you do it anyway. I know that if I don't run I will feel unbalanced and weird. Also, I have an outstanding team of support always behind me that inspires me to get out the door every day.
On average, how many times and miles do you run a month?
I run every day unless traveling or needing to take time off to nurse an injury. I average about 75 miles a week with 2 to 3 days of strength training.
What's the weirdest or funniest thing that ever happened to you while running?
I was running through the woods in a rainstorm and I had on a cap pulled down low; too low because I didn't see a fallen tree across the trail. My head smacked right into the trunk and it knocked me backward onto my back. Luckily I was running with a nurse and after a complete body and head scan we had a good laugh. It was just like a cartoon.
What are your favorite types of fuel for running and why?
My diet is centered on whole foods, plenty of fruits and vegetables and whole grains. When I am in the middle of a long run or race I choose sports gels and gummies because they are the easiest on my gut. Running is about survival; balanced nutrition is a priority before, after and all the times in between.
What's your favorite cheat food & drink?
As a Registered Dietitian, I firmly believe that all food has a place in a balanced diet. When it fits into my day, I really love hot scones for breakfast, a glass of red wine with dinner and chocolate gelato for dessert.
Do you like ice baths? Why or why not?
Regardless of what the science says, I personally do not like ice baths because I hate being cold. My body responds much better to heat, massage and chiropractic work for prehab and recovery.
What's the most important tip you like to give new runners?
I think if you want to take your running to the next level then you need a coach. Runners often want to push themselves over what is healthy and coaches know when to pull on the reigns and help make the tough decisions using a more objective perspective. Find a coach that you feel comfortable with and who shares your vision of what success looks like.
What is your favorite running accomplishment so far?
There are so many levels of accomplishment with running. Training breakthroughs, racing brave, competing for U.S. teams and winning a National Championship are all experiences that bring a huge sense of accomplishment. But honestly it is the ability to touch the lives of others with my running by inspiring and motivating them to be better.
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