Michele Yates

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

    Well it surely has been a challenge, especially only 6 months postpartum. However, running is my "happy place". It is a form of meditation for me. When I get to go tear it up on the trails at races, it's a blessing and opportunity I can't resist! My daughter also motivates me. I want her to understand and learn self-discipline, goal setting and achieving, and the importance of health and fitness. 


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

 If I feel like that, sometimes I do just need the day off! More than ever now, I have to pay special attention to what my body is telling me to avoid injury coming back so quickly after giving birth. However, there are days one can be lazy. So with those days, I think about how it's my butt on the starting line, on the course, and racing; no one else’s. So do I want to go there and suck it up, or suck it up now and have a clear, strong mentality there?!


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

  I focus on quality not quantity. However, I am able to build up my volume pretty high at times; but that volume includes cardio cross training like hiking, biking, elliptical etc. Running wise, I probably average 80 miles a week only! 


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

   One thing that stands out, that isn't really weird or funny is running into a bear at Run Rabbit Run 2013. I actually ran into a cub in 2012 there too but this one froze me in my tracks because I came around a bend on a single track and we both startled each other. Normally bears are just playing along and don't pay attention to me, but this one wasn't happy! It stood up on its hind legs and just stared at me, gave a little sniff here and there but I was frozen. So I just rose up my hands really slow and tried to make myself appear bigger. Eventually he ran away. Honestly I was mad because I seriously think it was a good five minutes that we were in a stare down and I was losing my lead! 


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

I love the GU Brew Orange flavor. I love the flavor, it’s light and natural! Currently I'm creating my own protein/running bar with my new sponsor The Dork Brothers LLC. I can't share much about it except it will be pretty allergy friendly. It will also be gluten, dairy and soy free, and health benefit packed! Previously it was the Simply Bar but I found that the soy-based bar is causing all sorts of thyroid malfunction! I have thyroid disease. I also love my GU energy gels! Salted Caramel always goes down well. I like to use Eldorado Springs water. I find that I drink a lot more water if it's the good, filtered kind versus sink or fridge water; even if it’s filtered.  I'm also a huge fan of taking my vitamins! A "fuel" most people don't consider. I use Flora Health products and put them in a smoothie/juice drink about an hour or two before I run. I seriously think it helps. I just make my own smoothies or buy Bolthouse Farms fruits/veggies mix.  


What's your favorite cheat food & drink?

White or Peach (Colorado) wine! Cheat food, I love pizza, but the food intolerance content in that is high for me so I love my sushi! A lot less food intolerances.


Do you like ice baths? Why or why not?

Absolutely! They help with inflammation, especially after a hundo! 


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

 Take care of yourself. Start a structured program but be sure to be foam rolling and icing weekly/bi-weekly while your body makes the changes it needs to in order to respond to the demands your placing on it! That also includes nutrition and vitamins! 


What is your favorite running accomplishment so far?

I'd have to say winning Run Rabbit Run 2013. Although, winning The North Face that year was also pretty awesome. I guess it was just me really pushing to see what I could get out of myself, and all of the stellar women that competed in those events that helped push me to that level.


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