Profiles in Running: Carrie Cox

If you’re a follower of the blog, you’ve read a bit about Carrie from my Rodes City Run recap. Carrie is a pretty fast runner, even if she doesn’t think she is. She’s also a University of Kentucky grad, excels at e-marketing and has a dog named Whisky.

Carrie books it at the 2012 Rodes City Run

How long have you been running?
Since May 2010

How much do you run each week?
Right now about 15 miles a week

Why did you take up running?
I used to hate the thought of running. It seemed so far and I could never breathe quite right – it always seemed like I was hyperventilating. Couple of reasons that changed my mind: Brandon (my now super fast running boyfriend) started running because of a challenge by his younger brother. I watched him become dedicated to the “couch to 5k” training plan, run his first race and saw a change in him both physically and mentally. I was a bit jealous I couldn’t do it – or at least thought I couldn’t do it. But a bit of my competitive nature sparked, and I started the training plan as well. He did the first couple run/walks with me and really supported and pushed me through the process. The second reason – some co-workers signed up for the KDF miniMarathon not only to push themselves, but also to raise funds for people they know battling cancer. It really inspired me and helped me realize I can do this for me and eventually help others as well.

Which do you prefer to run – flat surfaces or hills? Why?
I started out running on flat roadways and thought I would never be able to run hills. However, that was unavoidable. The neighborhood I live in and around has a lot of hills and so does most of Louisville in general. I now feel a sense of accomplishment when I make it to the top. I know it’s making my legs and butt stronger as well. Plus it breaks up the repetitive feel of always running flat.

Carrie and her crazy fast boyfriend, Brandon

During the Rodes City Run, you said you thought Cave Hill Cemetery looked spooky with all the fog shrouding the gravestones. I take it you share my obsession fear of a zombie apocalypse?
I made that comment because I’m aware of your obsession, and I’m completely terrified of them as well. Plus it looked cool and creepy. With our impending doom coming on 12/21/2012, there seems to be a huge obsession by everyone with zombies. They scare me but I do know how to use a shot gun.

Describe your perfect run.
Crisp cool 50ish degree morning, slight breeze with fresh legs and a combination of straight, flat roads with mild but challenging hills.

What’s your favorite running/race memory?
Completing my very first 5k. Having started running in May, I ran in the Pioneer 5K in Seneca Park in September 2010. It was difficult. I started out too fast, I was passed by my now archenemies – a dad cruising past me pushing a baby in a stroller – but I did it. I finished. It was enough to keep me running and on to the next 5K.

Carrie and friends at the 2011 Komen Race for the Cure

Any upcoming races you’re looking forward to?
Big race for me is coming up this weekend, the Papa John’s 10-miler. It will be the farthest I’ve ever run. I’m anxious and excited. If all goes well, I’ll attempt a half marathon in the fall and maybe my first KDF Mini next spring.

Profiles in Running is a biweekly effort (published every other Wednesday) to showcase other runners on this blog, regardless of his/her skill level or experience. Know someone who should be featured? Drop me a line.

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