Sara Sutherland

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

Running has changed my life for the better since I can remember. It is an expression of my faith, a way to connect with others, an outlet through the ups and downs of life and a seriously fun way to explore the world around me. Aside from the fact that I love competing, the simple act of going for a run brings me so much joy. Why would I stop?! I hope I'm out there cruising at a glacial pace when I'm 105!


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

On the rare occasion I don't feel like getting out the door, particularly if it's cold and gray and I'm feeling so tired I could melt into a puddle; I usually have a cup of coffee and reflect for a second on how fortunate I am to be able to run. For better or for worse, I've learned from injuries that running is a gift and when I remember that, it isn't too hard to lace em up and enjoy the miles that I'm so fortunate to run.


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

Ordinarily I average 60 miles per week in single daily runs. When I'm at a higher volume, I throw in a few extra little morning jogs to get to 70 or so miles. So 240 to 280 miles monthly.


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

For reasons I do not understand, birds have a tendency to think that my hair is perfect material for making a nest. I had an Alfred Hitchcock moment and was stalked and dive-bombed repeatedly over the course of several blocks by one particularly aggressive bird while out on a run. I ducked and covered my head, basically just looked absurd, and now am more afraid of birds than I'd like to admit!


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

Coffee!!! As far as food goes, I'm pretty content to snack on toast with almond butter pre-practice or race. It is simple, easy to digest and takes 4 seconds to make.


What's your favorite cheat food & drink?

I can only pick one?! I never met an ice cream I didn't like, or a burger, or a pizza...


Do you like ice baths? Why or why not?

I'm not sure if I "like" ice baths, per se, but I certainly appreciate them and use them often to recover if my legs are feeling "bleh". Maybe it's just placebo effect, or maybe it's the camaraderie and laughter between teammates while simultaneously freezing in there, but I don't mind them.


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

Wow, lots of things I could say here, but in particular, HAVE FUN with it! Embrace the learning curve of adopting a new activity, even when it is awkward or difficult. That is where growth happens! It's insanely rewarding if you stick with it, so laugh during the bad moments and remember they will pass! Ok, that was more than one thing.


What is your favorite running accomplishment so far?

Returning from a year of injury to have a solid final track season as a University of Colorado Buffalo is something I will always be proud of. I am so thankful that God has given me a passion for the sport and amazing people to encourage me along the way. Hopefully my best accomplishments are yet to come!


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