Welcome to another edition of Tuesday Topics! I’m super excited about today’s topic – interview one of your running friends. I decided to interview Kim. No, I didn’t interview myself, lol. I spoke to my friend Kim from Running on the Fly! She’s an avid runner, completing races ranging from 5Ks to Ultra Marathons. Read on to learn more about how Kim got into running and a few of her favorite things about the sport.
How long have you been running?
I’ve been running for almost 15 years, although there were a few 5K’s before that (and I had no clue what I was doing in them LOL).
Why did you start running?
I had a desire to tone up. I didn’t want to lose weight, but I definitely didn’t have much for strength or endurance. Also, I had a class reunion coming up later that summer 🙂
What is your favorite race?
My favorite race, hands down, is DAM to DSM 20K (formerly Dam to Dam). It’s the first long distance race I’d ever done, so it has huge sentimental ties to my running heart. I first ran it in 2008 and was instantly hooked, and have gone back every year since.
What is your favorite race distance?
My favorite race distance is the 20K/13.1. It’s long enough that it requires some training, but it’s not too long that the training is overwhelming.
What advice do you have for new runners?
I’d say take your time figuring out what works for YOU. Runners don’t need to run daily. They don’t need to run fast, they don’t need to run far. Some will need more recovery time than others. Not every run (or race) will feel great. Runners also don’t need to run races, nor do they need to “race” them either.
How has COVID-19 affected your running?
Honestly, it has not really affected me (except for canceling/postponing all of my Spring 2020 races LOL). I’m pretty good at staying motivated on my own, but the influx of virtual races has been a great distraction from all the current turmoil. Also, there’s been a lot more support and encouragement among my running friends, which has been a wonderful side-effect
What is your favorite running song?
I love classic rock! Anything AC/DC will suit me just fine, but my favorite song is “It’s a Long Way to the Top if You Wanna Rock and Roll.”
What is your favorite post run food?
I’m not usually hungry after a run or a race (even a long distance), but I’m usually craving something sweet…give me a Pepsi and I’m good for awhile!
Thanks so much for the interview Kim 🙂
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