Friday Featured Runner (series 14)

Todays Friday Featured Runner is Lara over at Cookies Cardio and Clothes

Lara’s Running Journey

In 2011 I was nearing my goal weight on Jenny Craig and was looking for a new challenge. I’d always wondered what it would be like to be a runner. Here’s the thing though,  I’d never ran before. I was the fat kid who hated the Presidential Fitness Exam in gym class because I knew I’d have to run a mile and would be the last one to finish. I was stalling a bit in my weight loss and running would be a new challenge. Hey, my brother runs marathons, I can run a 5k. 

Like so many people I used the Couch to 5k app and in June of 2011 I ran my first 5k, the Komen Race for the Cure. That year I ran a few more 5ks and in November, I told my husband that I wanted to run a half marathon. He thought I was insane but was completely supportive. I downloaded a training plan on-line and in April 2012, completed my first half marathon. I think that’s what I’m still most proud of, going from not running at all to a half marathon in a little over a year. It was something I never thought I’d be able to do and I’m still amazed that I can lace up my shoes and just go for a run!

-What made you decide to be a runner? I’m ridiculously competitive. My brother runs marathons, heck, I can run a 5k.

-What is the longest distance you’ve ran? 13.1 

-What is your favorite post run fuel? A bagel sandwich. Sometimes on morning runs, the thought of that bagel is the only thing that keeps me going.

-What song is currently being played on your playlist when you run? I start every race with Guns and Roses, Welcome to the Jungle. It always gets me pumped up and ready to run. I also love “Hearts on Fire” by John Cafferty. It”s the one they play in Rocky 4 during the training montage when he runs up the side of the mountain. Seriously, an awesome song for hills.

-What would you tell an individual who has just started their journey into running? It’s not going to be easy. There are going to be days when you’d rather do anything else than go for a run. You’re going to have awful, just awful runs and you’ll want to quit more than anything else. Don’t. Slow down, walk if you have to, but don’t quit. Then one day you’re going to go on a run and it will be amazing. The temperature, the course, it will all come together in a glorious moment and you’ll wonder why you ever doubted yourself. You’ll live for the feeling of that amazing run, and that’s why you have to keep going.