Friday Featured Runner (series 1)

I wanted every Friday to feature a runner. I thought this would be fun and a great way to get to know other bloggers/runners out there.
Todays featured runner is Sara, I’ve been following her blog and facebook page for a while. I’m so glad to feature this wonderful lady on my blog. She just finished the Boston Marathon this year.
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                        Here’s Sara’s running journey.
I have always been an athlete, playing soccer through college, so I guess I have been running since I was a very young child, but I never loved to run (unless it was as part of an organized sport.)  I started to just run in March 2010 after my father was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer.  I needed to feel that happy, endorphin rush I missed from playing competitive sports.  It was the only thing I could do at the time that helped me deal with the stress and sadness of this very sudden and unexpected diagnosis.  My parents had been divorced since I was 1 years old and I was all my Dad had, so the responsibility for his care was mine. I didn’t mind this at all, it was just a lot to handle as I lived 45 minutes away, worked full time, was commuting 3+ hours a day and was planning a wedding for that May. While knowing the hourglass was running out, I was trying to keep up my daily responsibilities while taking care of my Dad, getting him to all his appointments while trying to savor what little time we had left together.  Running helped me stay grounded.
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Q & A

-What is your favorite go to fuel during long runs?

I currently fuel with ENERGYbits and if I have to supplement after that, I will usually use Roctane or Haribo gummy bears because they are really easy to carry and convenient.

-What race is on your bucket list?

I want to do a trail race (which I just signed up for!!) and I’d also like to do a Ragnar Relay and a Tough Mudder at some point.
-What running shoe brand do you prefer?
Brooks. I used to only run in Asics and when I made the switch this past October, it was like night and day. I LOVE Brooks, although my model (Defyance) could use some more fun colors—are you listening out there Brooks?? 
-Your favorite race medal?
I’m not a huge medal person, they all currently sit in a box at the bottom of my closet, with the exception of my 2014 Boston Marathon medal, that one will forever be my favorite race medal.
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-What is your best advice you’d give to a new beginner just starting their running journey?
I would tell them not to underestimate the power of proper nutrition, a good training plan, stretching and proper sneakers/clothing; these things can make all the difference in your experience!  Also, never judge a run by the first mile (or in my case, the first 3-5!!)  It will get better and easier, just keep at it!!
Links to follow Sara.

Wanna be a featured runner on my blog? Please send me an email.