Shalaya Kipp

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

A Commuter sprinting towards the bus stop after the bus doors have already closed. A lioness, faced soaked in warm blood after a flawless kill. Knowing there is always another chase and something new to catch, keeps me driven to run! 


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

Somewhere in the world, someone else is training while you are not. Thinking about my competition training always lights a fire in my...!


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

On days that end with “y,” I get one honest run and sometimes indulge in a second run. That usually racks up to one pair of shoes a month. That translates to about 75 to 80 miles a week.


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

Being on the edge of the Rocky Mountains, many Boulderites are scared of what might come down from the mountains looking for food, but it’s the local wildlife here that fears me. Once I was running along a road that borders a lake in town. There was a goose on the curb up ahead and I didn’t think anything about it because I’ve seen hundreds of geese. But when the goose saw me, it flapped away so frantically that it ran neck first into the top line of a barbwire fence, close-lining itself into a front flip, and landing in the dirt. If only I could instill that sense of terror in the hearts of my competitors on the starting line.


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

Carbohydrates. They yield more energy per liter of oxygen. Sorry, the scientist in me really wanted to say that, but it is true. I like the runner’s ritual of pre race pasta. Carbohydrates are a distance runner’s best friend! 


What's your favorite cheat food & drink?

I’d like to think there is no such thing as a cheat food. Everything in moderation! But my fellow CU School of Long Distance Running alum, Andy Wacker, once won a half-marathon off of no warm-up and a cup of coffee.


Do you like ice baths? Why or why not?

I prefer my baths warm, around 98 degrees and with bubbles. No exceptions. Ok for real, I am a wimp when it come to ice baths. I can really only stand to ice my ankles and calves. I rarely do it! I guess I am more on the compression recovery train.


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

Be patient. Runners always want to run more miles, faster miles and crush personal best. But in truth, runners need to take small baby steps to make it to their grandiose finishes.  


What is your favorite running accomplishment so far?

The title that means the most to me is being the undisputed, reigning world champion of the Saturday-Morning-Easy-Run-Death-Sprint-Back-To-The-Apartment-200-Meter-Invite. It’s a dual meet my boyfriend and I hold during the last 200 meters of our Saturday run together. There’s the NCAA national title, the Olympics and the last World Championships, but he was a sub-1:50 800 meters guy at CU!


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