This week’s Friday Featured runner is Erika at MCM Mama
Erika’s Running Journey
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I didn’t really become a runner until my first child was born. I began running as a way to combat postpartum depression and quickly fell in love with it.  However, it wasn’t until my son started preschool that a friend convinced me to run my first race.  I ran an 8k and completely fell apart at the end (metric conversion fail – an 8k is NOT just 4 miles), but was totally hooked on racing.  Next thing I knew, I was signed up for the Marine Corps Marathon and had started my blog.  2 marathons, 31 half marathons, and countless other races later, I’ve found my favorite distance: the half marathon.  I’m currently on a mission to run a half marathon in every state!
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Q & A
-What is your favorite go to fuel during long runs? 
I prefer to fuel with real foods or only liquids on long runs and races. Most of the time, I am fine drinking Nuun from my handheld bottle. If I have the option, an oreo is my favorite. In a pinch, I’ll use Gu.

-What race is on your bucket list? 
There are sooo many races on my list!  One of the top non-half marathons is the Boilermaker in New York.  I really want to run that ones some day.  My other big goal is to run my third series of five half marathons in five states in five days, this time in SD, ND, MT, WY, and NE at Mainly Marathon’s Center of the Nation series

-What running shoe brand do you prefer?
I run all of my longer runs in Altra running shoes.  I love their Intuition 1.5 and am just now trying out the Intuition 2s.  For shorter runs, I mix it up between Brooks Pure Flows and Skechers.


-Your favorite race medal? 

My favorite medal is the one I got this spring when I did the Riverboat Series and ran in five states along the Mississippi River.
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-What is your best advice you’d give to a new beginner just starting their running journey?
Take your time and appreciate where you are. Relax and enjoy the journey. If you do it right, there will always be new goals and new adventures ahead of you.
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