Raina & I at the 2012 Eugene Marathon
Raina currently has her sites on a 50K this spring. After seeing her turn in an amazing performance at Eugene, I have no doubt in my mind that she is going to be incredible at the longer distance. Recently she completed an impressive "streaking" challenge running a 5k a day for the month of December. She is a very talented runner and I am excited to see what 2013 has in store for her!
Years running: 4 ½
Favorite distance: To be determined! Probably not the marathon (Until I bring that time closer to the others on the calculator).
PRs: 1mile- 5:41, 5k-19:13, 10k 40:14, half marathon 1:29:30, marathon 3:17:49
How did you get into running: First, as conditioning for soccer in college and high school. It helped me be more competitive on the field. Later, to lose weight (and as an outlet), after my second son was a year old.
How many marathons have you run: Three
Have you ever completed a triathlon or IM? No. I have spent some time water jogging and on the bike, though. haha.
How do you find time/make time to train: I have been known to run at odd hours, in the dark, rain, snow, etc... I am blessed to be a stay-home mom. Recently we moved closer to family and it has helped a lot to have others care for the boys while I go out for a quick run.
Favorite cross training workout: Weight lifting
Favorite place to run: So far, Forest Park in Portland, Oregon! I had a magical run with a friend there. The North Umpqua trails in SW Oregon are calling me too, though. Pretty much any trail or race with a buddy is a favorite!
Favorite/most memorable race: Eugene 2010 was my first marathon. My whole family came- husband, kids, mom, dad, sister...Friends and former students of mine made a big hooplah out of it. That was special. I can remember the point in which I realized I would finish with a BQ time. I was so nervous and didn’t think I could!
Favorite pre-race meal: I just eat like I normally do, but make sure not to have any fiber after dinner (That can be problematic on race day). Then, in the morning, a little oatmeal or a bagel and some banana and coffee w/sugar a few hours before the race. Hydration is what I focus on- plenty of electrolyte/carb drink the last few days before a marathon or summer race.
Favorite post-race treat: Hot mocha. Later, fish and chips.
Favorite quote: Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 1Corinthians 9:25
Favorite running shoe: Brooks Ghost5!!! If I could only choose one shoe to do it all (easy, speed, racing, trails) in, it would be this shoe. My favorite road racing shoe for short races is the Brooks PureConnect.
Must have running accessory: I’m kind of attached to my GPS/heart rate monitor.
Best running advice: Have a purpose for each run. Let your easy runs be easy, your hard runs be hard; and, if it’s simply to vent, make sure you get it all out.
Running accomplishment you are most proud of: Helping a friend learn how to train by heart rate. She returned from a serious ankle injury and surprised herself with a fantastic race. Helping motivated runners reach their goals.
Anything additional you would like to add? Injuries happen, even to the elite. They can be devastating, but we learn valuable things from them. The body reacts to stress in a positive way, given it has a chance to recover. If you don’t push the envelope, you will never get faster. If you push too hard, you end up sidelined. Racing is all about risk and reward. Everyone has to find a risk level he or she can be happy with.
Be sure to check out Raina's blog at Small Town Runner and follow her on twitter @raina_runs