Kyle has been a big supporter during this whole running effort. She just completed another Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon (she doesn’t know how many) and will be running the Marine Corps Marathon with me and 30,000 others this fall. (She was pretty persuasive when it came to choosing a marathon.) Kyle is a mother of two, a UK basketball and football season ticket holder and an avid supporter of run/walk training – which I tried to do with her once.
How long have you been running?
Since high school (a bazillion years ago). Really liked cross country but could never did get the hang of track. Going round and round drove me crazy. Cross country was better because I was never fast, but had longevity.
Why did you start running?
It started as way I could get in shape for another sport (swimming). Surprisingly, I got a running scholarship to a small university and so I kept it up. After college I stopped for awhile, but when I moved back to Louisville the miniMarathon drew me in. That first mini did not go so well. I had IT band issues and it took a while to recover. The next time around I joined a training group and heard about run/walking a race.
If you don’t mind…let me step on my soap box and preach about the run/walk strategy. You can read all about it through the Internet (Google Jeff Galloway).
Here’s my plug: For new runners this is the best way to get started. Don’t think about how far you have to run in miles – think about it in minutes. “Only two minutes, then a break.” It’s a huge help in bypassing the mental hurdle of “I cant do this.”
It also works for seasoned runners, no matter what your pace. There are 7-minute mile runners who use this technique and lose no time off their overall race. This is because the run/walk technique should keep you at a consistent pace over the course of the run. It can even help you become faster.
This last mini – I was most happy that my final mile was my fastest. In fact, we got faster each mile (except for a bathroom break/Churchill photo op). The competitor in me loves being able to pass so many people in those final miles because they have nothing left and I’m tired but finishing strong.
If you are starting a running program or thinking of going longer distances, then I highly recommend you (yes, you Glenn!) learn more, so you can see how this technique can keep injuries at bay, speed up your overall time and help you recover faster.
On average, how many miles do you put in each week?
That varies so much that I don’t even know. My goal is three short runs (3 miles each) during the week and long training runs on the weekend. But I’m a wimp. If it’s raining or too cold or my running buddies bail, then I go back to bed (we run at 5:45 AM to get it out of the way, and there’s just no time in the evenings thanks to kids, work and the potential for zombies).
After the zombie apocalypse, do you think you’d be faster than the rest of the undead because of your training during the time you were alive?
Tough call. I’m not fast, but maybe I could outlast them???
You’ve completed several marathons. What are they?
2001-Marine Corp (right after 911, it was my first and it was amazing. I didn’t know it but I was pregnant at the time. No wonder I was so tired!)
2005-Amsterdam (great city to run in)
2008-Chicago (2nd hottest in Chi-town history)
2010-Chicago (again…very hot but was on 10-10-10 which was cool)
2011-Chicago (Finally a decent day but I’ll never run this race again)
2012-Marine Corp (it was my first and it may be my last… thinking halves are best)
In 2004, I trained for the Paris Marathon but threw my back out and wasn’t able to compete. DNS’s don’t usually count for much but marathon training takes so much time and effort that I like to throw that in when I can.
Speaking of time and effort, I need to say thanks to my husband and mom who put in extra babysitting time so that I can train and nap.
What’s your favorite running/race memory?
There have been quite a few awesome moments but my favorite part of running is the companionship of good people. It’s key for my running as I don’t have the motivation to get out and do it on my own. My running buddies make a big difference both in my running and in my life (we solve the world’s problems during those runs and save a ton on psychiatry bills!).
Any upcoming races you’re looking forward to?
These new races with mud, obstacles, bourbon relays, color bombs… sound like fun!
Do you run to support any charities?
My last two marathons (and mini’s) I did through the new Molly Johnson Foundation. It’s a local organization that will help special needs kids and families here in Louisville. The Johnson’s are wonderful people and it’s awesome to hear ‘Go Team Molly’ during a run.
Here’s more information:
The Molly Johnson Foundation was started in 2012 by the Johnson Family in honor of their daughter Molly. Molly was born in 1996 with Wiedeman – Rautenstauch Syndrome, a very rare neurological disorder found in less than 50 children worldwide. She died in 2007 at the age of 11. The Molly Johnson Foundation was created in her honor with the express desire to ” make a difference in the lives of special needs children and their families.”
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