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Getting to know…Chris

Welcome to ‘Getting to know…’ number 29. Chris is a runner that I met through our RunMND group. He spent many years teasing me about how much I raved about the New York Marathon. Then he ran it!! Let’s just say, he now understands!!

Chris also took on the 24 hours solo run at Endure 24 and we loved the shout of ‘one more lap’ every time he ran passed. I’m sure that is what made him reach 100 miles 😉

This is the last Getting to know post before Christmas. I will then give it a break, well posting new ones, so that I can hassle more people to get involved. So if you have any suggestions please let me know.

Also, I would love some feedback about questions. Would you like some more questions asked? Is there something, in particular, you think you’d like to know? I will put some comment boxes on my Instagram stories soon, so make sure you are following me and please get involved.

If you have missed any of the other ‘Getting to know‘ post, you can find them here. If you would like to nominate for someone to feature, or you would like to take part yourself. Please get in contact. (rularuns@outlook.com)

Favourite thing about running? Freedom, just being able to lace shoes up and get out and explore in the fresh air.  Chris Maple Click To Tweet

Name

Chris Maple

Age

47

Occupation

Civil Servant 

Chris Maple

How long have you been running?

First running event was 2012, a few events in 2013 and 2014. It was 2015 where I would say my running really started and was regular.    

What made you start running?

To fundraise for charities. My first event in 2012 was for local hospital (Salisbury Hospital Stars Appeal) and for those who do know me, may not be surprised it was in fancy dress as a panda.

In 2013, I started fundraising for the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) following my Father-in-law being diagnosed with MND, the life-limiting and deliberating disease. Sadly, he died just a few days prior to me running the Great South Run that year.

I met many lovely runners there in Team MNDA and have continued to run for the charity since. Seeing the impact of the disease on him and the family was a huge motivator to raise awareness of the disease and to fundraise.  

Why do you run now?

I run for a variety of reasons; to continue to raise awareness of MNDA; to challenge myself physically and see what I am capable of doing; for fitness, both physical and mental; to race and represent my club; to socialise with friends and to make new friends; to explore new places, seeing more of the UK countryside.

Chris Maple after 100 miles
That’s what 100 miles does to you!

What was your last event?

Clarendon Marathon (a hilly and very muddy run from Salisbury to Winchester)

What is your next event?

Now that is a question? Do any of us know. I have numerous events rolled over to 2021 from this year.  

Favourite thing about running?

Freedom, just being able to lace my shoes up and get out and explore in the fresh air. 

Worst thing about running?

Injures, carb loading, and tapering.  

What one piece of advice would you give to a beginner?

Don’t compare yourself.

Best piece of advice given to you?

Slow down to go faster. Do not always run as fast as you can, lots of training should be at a steady pace. I am a big advocate of the 80/20 training method (look up Matt Fitzgerald), following that helped me smash my half marathon PB. 

Favourite race distance?

Marathon.

Funniest thing that has ever happened to you whilst running?

 Embarrassing or funny? Wasn’t sure which this fitted into. Great South 2018 and I was dressed as Unicorn (again, but this time bigger and better (well that was the plan)). It inflates with a battery-powered fan. All good for 2 miles and into the dockyard whizzing along.

But then the fan stopped. I stop to try and fix it and a MOD Police Officer comes over to check I was OK; I advised I was, but the Unicorn was struggling and if there was a vet around! I ended up having to deflate completely and tie around me, it was less unicorn and more a 1980s dodgy shell suit type look!  

Most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you whilst running?

Plenty of falls and always when other people are around to see it – on trails (roots, tree stumps, mud), but equally skilled at falling over on roads (speed bumps, ice). Not making it to my son’s football match, having got lost on trails; the 7 miles ended up being over 13 and a call had to be made to pick me up, although was unsure where from. 

On average, how many miles do you run per month?

 120-150

Do you belong to a running club?

Yes, City of Salisbury Athletics & Running Club. Also, a member of (not affiliated club) Run MND. 

Do you do any other forms of exercise in addition to running?

Swimming; I enjoy open water swimming (sea, lakes and rivers), also do swim in the pool. Also, try to regularly do PiYO but failing miserably. 

Favourite pre-race/pre-long run meal?

Pasta of some description with honey glazed chicken or salmon, whole grain rice and broccoli. 

Favourite post-run meal?

Probably a curry or burger and chips. 

Do you have any superstition?

No, none.  

What is your biggest achievement sport wise?

Running 100 miles at Endure 24 in 2017 in 22 hours 42 mins.

If you were granted one wish related to running, what would it be?

To never be injured again; I could then put inconsistent training and hard work, to try and achieve goals on distances and speeds. 

Jumping Chris Maple

Links

Instagram: @themapes


This or That

Early Morning Run or Evening Run

Tea or Coffee

Winter Running or Summer Running

Solo running or Running with Friends

Road Running or Trail Running

Dog or Cat

Miles or Kilometres

Run with someone chatty or run with someone silent

Run with no socks or run with no underwear

Run a hilly 5k or flat 10k

Run a hilly 10K or flat half marathon

Run a hilly Half Marathon or Flat Marathon

Run a hilly Marathon or Flat Ultra Marathon

Run as much as you want on the treadmill or only run once a week outside (may just keep running to maximise it.)

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Getting to know…Gabriella

Welcome to ‘Getting to know…’ number 28. This week we find out more about Six Star Finisher Gabriella Waller.

I started following Gabi prior to the New York Marathon in 2017, as she was running it too. She has gone on to run some great races and is now tackling triathlons too. I had one of the ‘fangirl’ moments too when myself and Gabriella went to the launch party of the London Marathon. I plucked up the courage to go and say hello.

They were running a competition on the night, to win a place in the marathon and Gabriella won the place. I remember being very excited for her.

If you have missed any of the other ‘Getting to know‘ post, you can find them here. If you would like to nominate for someone to feature, or you would like to take part yourself. Please get in contact. (rularuns@outlook.com)

 You don’t need to run fast to get faster. Gabriella Waller Click To Tweet

Name

Gabriella Waller

Age

31

Occupation

Train driver 

Gabriella Waller

How long have you been running?

Since the end of 2015.   

What made you start running?

One day my sister decided that we should run the Reading half marathon, and then she told me that she signed both of us up. Neither of us had run further than 5k before and we only had a few months to train for the race.  We had no idea if we could do it or not, but our Motto was “ If we paid for it, we need to train for it”. 

After that, I signed up for the 2017 London marathon, which was supposed to be my only marathon. 2 weeks after the race, I was missing the thrill and training so signed up for more. 

Why do you run now?

Nowadays, I just run for fun. I’ve never really been a time chaser, but it turns out I can be much faster if I properly follow a training plan ( massive thanks to my tri coach ). I also love medals, so if I see a nice one I tend to sign up for the race. 

What was your last event?

 Dorney Lake Marathon in October. It was on the same day as the London marathon which turned into a virtual race. So in the end, I’ve ended up with 2 medals. Yay. 

What is your next event?

It’s hard to say, nothing is for sure at the moment due to covid. But my first race in 2021 supposed to be Ironman Bolton in July. 

Favourite thing about running?

I love the feeling when I get back from a run and I can say “I’ve done it”. 

I also love travelling abroad to race there. Ohh and I can’t forget all the cake and coffee I can eat because of all the training. If you check out my Instagram you can see ALL the cakes and ALL the coffee. 

Worst thing about running?

Getting out of the front door. Especially when it’s cold and rainy. But it always worth it at the end. Running or can say any kind of training is mentally hard, but as soon as you outside you know you can do it. 

What one piece of advice would you give to a beginner?

Don’t give up and also don’t compare your journey to others. I know it can be crazy hard, but you should just concentrate on yourself. 

Also, don’t feel embarrassed if you need to walk. I walk all the time, but I still class myself as a runner. Even for a 5k race, I run hard for 4mins and then walk 1 min. It does work I ended up with a marathon PB at the end of my Ironman back in August. 

Best piece of advice given to you?

You don’t need to run fast to get faster. My tri coach told this to me last year when I started training with him. I have never run with HR before, so when he told me to keep it below a certain zone that meant that I had to walk. At first, I didn’t understand, like how can I get faster if I walk all the time. But I trusted him and it does work 

Favourite race distance?

I love marathons, I’m not the fastest but loving the thrill for the long event. Probably that’s why I’ve done an Ironman back in August this year. Just to see if I can keep going for that long. 

Funniest thing that has ever happened to you whilst running?

I love animals, especially dogs. So when I ran the Chicago Marathon in 2018 I was raising funds for a dog charity. They had dogs out from the shelter almost every mile, so I kept stopping to pet them. 

Time didn’t matter, but to pet dogs, that did. 

Most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you whilst running?

Hahaha.. once I tried out a new gel. I never had issues with others before. Went out for a short run, 10 mins later I had to pop into KFC to use their loo… 5 mins after that I was lucky to find a Sainsburys. That run had to be cut short so after that, I headed back home and gave away all those gels. 

On average, how many miles do you run per month?

 Erm miles? I still not the greatest with miles, I think I do about 130-150km when there’s a race to train for. If not it’s closer to a 100km.

Do you belong to a running club?

No. I’ve tried to be part of a tri club which was working for a while, but since I started train driving my shifts are all over the palace so can’t commit to the training sessions, unfortunately. 

Do you do any other forms of exercise in addition to running?

 I do swim and cycle as well. Supposed to do some strength training as well, but I usually skip those. 

Favourite pre-race/pre-long run meal?

Pre-race is always some kind of pasta or pizza. Before a long run I usually just eat porridge. 

Favourite post-run meal?

Well before I turned vegan it was chicken nuggets from McDonald’s. 

Do you have any superstition?

I don’t.  

What is your biggest achievement sport wise?

Probably that I’ve completed the World Marathon Majors (London, New York, Berlin, Chicago, Tokyo and the Boston Marathon )  in just under 24 months. 

If you were granted one wish related to running, what would it be?

To be able to keep running till I’m old. 

Gabriella Waller

Links

Instagram: @gabiruns


This or That

Early Morning Run or Evening Run

Tea or Coffee

Winter Running or Summer Running

Solo running or Running with Friends

Road Running or Trail Running

Dog or Cat

Miles or Kilometres

Run with someone chatty or run with someone silent

Run with no socks or run with no underwear

Run a hilly 5k or flat 10k

Run a hilly 10K or flat half marathon

Run a hilly Half Marathon or Flat Marathon

Run a hilly Marathon or Flat Ultra Marathon

Run as much as you want on the treadmill or only run once a week outside

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Getting to know…Dave

Welcome to ‘Getting to know…’ number 27. If you are Instagram you will probably already know this, but Dave is one of the most supportive people around. He will always take time to read captions and send you a word of support.

If something has gone well, he’ll be the first to congratulate you too. He runs in some of the most stunning surroundings, so if you are not following him, I suggest you do now!

If you have missed any of the other ‘Getting to know‘ post, you can find them here. If you would like to nominate for someone to feature, or you would like to take part yourself. Please get in contact. (rularuns@outlook.com)

 I wish someone told me that you don’t need to run fast every time you go for a run. Dave Carter Click To Tweet

Name

Dave Carter 

Age

36

Occupation

Forkhoist Operator/Dairy exporter. 

Getting to know...Dave

How long have you been running?

I’ve been consistently running since 2017. I’ve had a few cracks at it in the past, but never pushed on because of constant knee problems.  

What made you start running?

Well, to put it bluntly, I was well overweight! The previous attempts at running were purely for weight loss.

This time around, due to meeting some cool runners in the town I’d moved to, I got into running to be sociable and to lose weight. Once I’d lost all 20kg of excess weight I kept going simply because I enjoyed running.

Why do you run now?

As I alluded to in the previous question, I developed a love for running during my weight loss, while training for a half marathon. After doing my first event I was well and truly hooked!

But after a significant injury doing my first road half, I returned to running late 2018 via trail running. It’s much easier on my body and a love for trail running was born!

And to actually answer the question, I run now because I love the challenge every time I lace the shoes up. Especially when I’m off for a long trail marathon or ultra. 

What was your last event?

My last official event was the Tarawera ultra Marathon here in New Zealand. I completed the 53km course just under 7 hours, with over 1500m elevation. It was tough! 

Definitely an amazing experience, and it was my first ultra-marathon. I’ve since done 3 more unofficial ultras in my training. 

What is your next event?

I currently have nothing booked, but I’m eyeing up the Christchurch half marathon in April 2021, where I aim to beat my PB and go sub 1:45 

Favourite thing about running?

I can eat and drink all the grotty food that I like!!! That, and I just love the mental challenge of running far or fast. 

Worst thing about running?

5k runs and Intervals are the devil. They hurt. I’m a trail runner, and I’ll plod out a marathon happily compared to brutal intervals where you feel like you’re going to soil yourself and throw up a lung. But they are so beneficial!  

What one piece of advice would you give to a beginner?

 I wish someone told me that you don’t need to run fast every time you go for a run. Running easy for 80% of your training is more beneficial than smashing your legs to bits. Training your endurance base by running easy is so good. The best advice I’ve ever been given.   

Best piece of advice given to you?

As I mentioned in the previous question: running easy. I was taught about heart rate zones and that running in zone 2 for most (or at least some) of your training IS of more benefit than running hard all the time. In essence, your training your easy pace up. It takes time, but it works. 

Favourite race distance?

I’m a sucker for a trail marathon. Love them. They’re brutal by the time you’re done, but I love them all the same. I would say 50km ultras, but they are next level suffering! 

Funniest thing that has ever happened to you whilst running?

I have run into poles and parked cars whilst looking at my phone. I have been snapped at by old ladies shaking their heads at me with disapproval whilst unashamedly taking selfies.

Stopped at numerous shops to buy cans of fizzy drink and chocolate mid-run, tripped on some old railway lines on a trail run whilst my friend was filming us running on her go-pro. I absolutely nailed my elbow, it took months to stop hurting! 

Most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you whilst running?

Once I had to “take care of business” in a little bush whilst running around the recreation ground in the small town I used to live in.

I had my dog trying to literally stick his nose in my business, and here’s me squatting with my bloody pants around my ankles, in a little bush. There were people coming and I was trying to keep the dog quiet and out of the way. Omg, it was bad!

Just to rub it in I strained my calf muscle on my way home and missed a month of running! 

On average, how many miles do you run per month?

I’m usually up around 180 – 200 miles per month when I’m running well and not injured!  

Do you belong to a running club?

No, I’m a solo runner most of the time because I work long shifts and I just can’t commit to a club as I’m always tired. I run in accordance with how I feel on any given run. I am very disciplined and I train hard on my own. I feel lucky that I don’t need to join a club to stay motivated.  

Do you do any other forms of exercise in addition to running?

 Nope. Just strength training for my running. 

Favourite pre-race/pre-long run meal?

Pizza or burgers are pretty much my favourite food. I like potatoes as a good carb load leading up to an event. 

Favourite post-run meal?

Yeah I absolutely kill burgers and fries with ice cream and a beer or fizzy drink. Do not ask me for a nutrition plan because I’m a good example of a bad example. 

Do you have any superstition?

Nope. Not a single one.  

What is your biggest achievement sport wise?

Completing a 100 km ultra-marathon for a virtual 24-hour event. I did the same 2.4-mile loop for 17 hours. It was so tough. But I did it and I’m forever going to be able to say I did 100 km. 

If you were granted one wish related to running, what would it be?

I would love to be able to run at sub 8:00 miles for all long-distance events. 

Getting to know...Dave

Links

Instagram: @trail_blazer_nz – My account is private but I will accept you if you’re a runner or not advertising stuff. 


This or That

Early Morning Run or Evening Run 100% evening

Tea or Coffee

Winter Running or Summer Running

Solo running or Running with Friends

Road Running or Trail Running

Dog or Cat

Miles or Kilometres

Run with someone chatty or run with someone silent

Run with no socks or run with no underwear

Run a hilly 5k or flat 10k

Run a hilly 10K or flat half marathon

Run a hilly Half Marathon or Flat Marathon

Run a hilly Marathon or Flat Ultra Marathon

Run as much as you want on the treadmill or only run once a week outside

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Getting to know… Lisa

Welcome to ‘Getting to know…’ number 26. This week we are getting to know more about Lisa Townsend. I have been following Lisa on Instagram for a long time. Lisa has run many half marathons, 3 marathons and 1 ultra. She is now training for some very long runs.

I definitely want to finish a race with Lisa one day, as her post race food sounds perfect to me!

Also, if you have missed any of the previous interviews, you can find them here.

Don’t think about anyone but yourself. There is always someone better than you but always someone who will look up to you. No one else matters.  Lisa Townsend Click To Tweet

Name

Lisa Townsend 

Age

26

Occupation

Psychology student/ part time working in a Deli kitchen. 

Lisa Townsend

How long have you been running?

5 years 

What made you start running?

I was always around horses growing up. When I was 18, I was riding my horse in a school and he was spooked by a dog. Unfortunately, I fell off and broke my L2 vertebrae in my back and lost my memory for 5 days.

I had to stop riding and let my back heal which caused me to put a lot of weight on and caused me a lot of back pain. My mum and neighbour saw an advertisement for our local C25K group so my mum, my neighbour, me and my twin sister all went along to lose some weight and strengthen my back. 

Why do you run now?

Because my dog makes me! Honestly, I love the headspace. I love that you can go for a run (whether that’s 20 minutes or 3 hours) and just think about everything and nothing. I’m always a nicer person after a run!

What was your last event?

My last event was Manchester Airport Duathlon, which was my first multisport event! It is perfect for introducing multi-sport events into your life and is run by such a friendly group, I’d recommend it to everyone.

What is your next event?

My next event will be The Lake District Ultra and I’m doing the 50kn option.

Favourite thing about running?

The headspace it brings, being outdoors is so underrated.

Worst thing about running?

I guess it would be the judgement that non-runners have, it’s never nice to be shouted at by a man in a white van or to be told your not a real runner because you’re not fast. 

Lisa Townsend London Marathon Finish

What one piece of advice would you give to a beginner?

Don’t think about anyone but yourself. There is always someone better than you but always someone who will look up to you. No one else matters.  

Best piece of advice given to you?

Wear the damn colourful stuff! Someone is going to have something to say whether your head to toe in black or look like a clown threw up a rainbow on you, so if you want to wear bright clothing, do it!

Favourite race distance?

Half Marathon, I think it’s the perfect distance to really test yourself whilst still being able to walk the next day.

Funniest thing that has ever happened to you whilst running?

I was running down a quiet lane one summer afternoon and an older gentleman (I’d say 70’s at least) passed me on a bike, held both hands in the air (how do people cycle no-handed?!) and shouted ‘WOOOOO’ Not Entirely humorous but his happiness for life/a sunny day/ just riding his bike made me chuckle and appreciate being able to run even more. 

Most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you whilst running?

Most runs with my dog! Either her making me fall down a bank (in full view of everyone), chasing ducks, refusing to cross fields with cows in, disappearing off to Narnia or wherever she goes! No run is uneventful with Mabel! 

On average, how many miles do you run per month?

Between 50-60 miles. 

Do you belong to a running club?

 Nope, running for me is such a personal thing I don’t actually like running with other people, I like to be in my own head with Mabel. 

Do you do any other forms of exercise in addition to running?

 I started cycling last year and am loving it! It’s difficult trying to fit them both into my routine but every time I get out on my bike I love it 

Favourite pre-race/pre-long run meal?

Overnight Oats with chocolate soy milk.

Favourite post-run meal?

Anything I can get my hands on! It will be a Cherry Coke followed by a Mcdonalds or KFC (whichever I pass first!) and a big bar of chocolate.

Do you have any superstition?

Saluting the magpies. I think it’s just one of those superstitions that becomes a habit. 

What is your biggest achievement sport wise?

Honestly, I could say it was my first marathon or ultramarathon, but really it’s just the achievement that I haven’t quit. Running can be hard at times and it’s so easy, especially in winter, to just sit on the couch and say you’ll start again in spring. People don’t give themselves enough credit that no matter what speed or distance, they keep going! 

If you were granted one wish related to running, what would it be?

That Mabel would never get too old to run. 

Lisa and Mabel

Links

Instagram: @lisamarietowns


This or That

Early Morning Run or Evening Run

Tea or Coffee – I’m one of those strange people that don’t drink either

Winter Running or Summer Running

Solo running or Running with Friends

Road Running or Trail Running

Dog or Cat

Miles or Kilometres

Run with someone chatty or run with someone silent

Run with no socks or run with no underwear. If I ran with no sports bra, I could do a lot of damage.

Run a hilly 5k or flat 10k

Run a hilly 10K or flat half marathon

Run a hilly Half Marathon or Flat Marathon

Run a hilly Marathon or Flat Ultra Marathon

Run as much as you want on the treadmill or only run once a week outside

Colin Feature Photo

Getting to know… Colin

Welcome to ‘Getting to know…’ number 25. After missing a week last week, it was only correct to include a running legend this week. Colin is now a member of the 100 marathon club, but has run many more than 100 unofficially!

Also, if you have missed any of the previous interviews, you can find them here.

Favourite things about running are race days, the people & the challenge. Colin Johnstone Click To Tweet

Name

Colin Johnstone 

Age

46

Occupation

Supermarket worker 

Colin Johnstone GB ultras

How long have you been running?

5 years 

What made you start running?

I got into running almost by accident. Just a spontaneous idea which kind of escalated. 

Best decision I ever made.

Why do you run now?

The people. The challenge. Running is now a massive part of me. Can’t imagine life without it. 

What was your last event?

My last event was Hubble Bubble marathon on 31st October, although I did the virtual IGUN 4×4 Marathon on 7th November.

What is your next event?

With November’s races all cancelled, my next booked event is Christmas Cracker double Marathon on 5th & 6th December. 

Will it happen? I have my doubts.  

Favourite thing about running?

Favourite things about running are race days, the people & the challenge.

Worst thing about running?

The worst thing about running are injuries and running snobs.

Colin Johnstone

What one piece of advice would you give to a beginner?

My one piece of advice for a new runner would be, don’t panic if you get an injury. 

Best piece of advice given to you?

Getting decent footwear was good advice 

Favourite race distance?

Marathon.

Funniest thing that has ever happened to you whilst running?

Somebody asked if me & my twin brother were the Brownlee brothers. When I laughed she said, is that a yes or no?

Most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you whilst running?

Tripping over is always embarrassing. Done that a couple of times. 

On average, how many miles do you run per month?

I don’t set mileage targets but 300+ is the average.

Do you belong to a running club?

 I did run with local running club ‘South Leeds Lakers’ during my early running days but haven’t for a long time. 

Do you do any other forms of exercise in addition to running?

Walking is the only other exercise I do. Ashamed to say I’ve never been inside a gym in my entire life. 

Favourite pre-race/pre-long run meal?

Pasta the night before. Porridge, Peanut on toast on the morning of a race/long run.

Favourite post-run meal?

Pizza

Do you have any superstition?

Was not superstitious but all that changed after I had a nasty fall & DNF in the final mile of a marathon – my race number that day was no.13. 

What is your biggest achievement sport wise?

Running my first marathon in October 2015 as a complete novice. Such a magical day. 

If you were granted one wish related to running, what would it be?

 My one running wish would be to never get injured.

Colin Johnstone

Links

Instagram: @leeds_runner_col

Strava: Colin Johnstone


This or That

Early Morning Run or Evening Run

Tea or Coffee – YORKSHIRE TEA

Winter Running or Summer Running

Solo running or Running with Friends

Road Running or Trail Running

Dog or Cat

Miles or Kilometres

Run with someone chatty or run with someone silent

Run with no sock or run with no underwear  

Run a hilly 5k or flat 10k

Run a hilly 10K or flat half marathon

Run a hilly Half Marathon or Flat Marathon

Run a hilly Marathon or Flat Ultra Marathon

Run as much as you want on the treadmill or only run once a week outside

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Getting to know…Amy

Welcome to ‘Getting to know…’ number 25. Today we get to know more about the inspirational Amy. She is another runner that I found via the running community on Instagram. Amy has set herself an amazing challenge, which I am loving following.

Also, if you have missed any of the previous interviews, you can find them here.

Run the first part of a race with your head, the middle with your legs, and the end with your heart. Amy Haas @raceacrossthestates Click To Tweet

Name

Amy Haas

Age

26

Occupation

Virtual Health Coach & Women’s Running Coach 

Amy Haas NYC

How long have you been running?

6 years! 

What made you start running?

I started running to train for the half marathon in Chicago, Illinois. I ran this race in 2013, and I ran it both with purpose & with passion… I ran in Illinois for my cousin, Scotty, who had passed away from cancer at a young age. His sister, Melissa, and I ran together in support of Children’s Cancer Research. My training for half marathon #1 was less than ideal, I had to push myself to get to “running shape” from “my life-long soccer-player-only physique.” But every time I felt like quitting, I brought myself back to the memories of my cousin. I brought myself back to the fact that he didn’t get to see the places he wanted to see, he didn’t get to complete the things he dreamt of doing, he didn’t get to live the life he should have been able to live.

Every day that we are given is a gift, and I needed to remind myself to embrace that. Since the training and completion of my first race, I have turned to running as a way of life, as a way to be free, to find myself, a way to push myself as far as I can go, a way to count my blessings in a world where tomorrow isn’t guaranteed and today is a precious gift.

Why do you run now?

I continued my journey & did my second half in Wisconsin (which is where nearly all of my family lives). My third half was then in Ohio, where I live. So, after three half marathons in three different states, I stopped and thought: Woah man. How lucky am I? To have seen and travelled 39.3 miles between three different states by foot. After that, I decided to sign up for a half marathon in Indiana, and that’s where this dream truly came to life & I decided that I was going to continue running. From that point on, I have been determined to see and experience 13.1 miles in each state by foot. To explore places that I otherwise wouldn’t have had a chance to, or a reason to, go. A chance to fill my life with wonder, with adventure, with purpose.

What was your last event?

Last weekend – I ran a half marathon in Oregon! I actually won first female overall! 

What is your next event?

It’s a secret – but I’ll be announcing soon!

Favourite thing about running?

The way it challenges you to become a better person in all areas of your life. 

Worst thing about running?

None.

Amy Haas Medals

What one piece of advice would you give to a beginner?

The journey is the reward. Focus on your progress, not on perfection & know that there is ALWAYS room for improvement. Give yourself some grace on the hard days, because everyone has them – the hard days are what make the easy days so easy! 

Best piece of advice given to you?

Run the first part of a race with your head, the middle with your legs, and the end with your heart. 

Favourite race distance?

HALF MARATHON!

Funniest thing that has ever happened to you whilst running?

Oh boy… I went the wrong way on a trail race and got completely lost. Then I fell and dropped my headphones in the mud. It was quite a race.

Most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you whilst running?

Hmmm… Honestly probably the same story as above hahahaha

On average, how many miles do you run per month?

Between 200-300!

Do you belong to a running club?

I started my own running community/club called Run with Aim!

Do you do any other forms of exercise in addition to running?

Yoga, hot yoga, bodyweight style workouts!

Favourite pre-race/pre-long run meal?

Just some pasta and veggies (but I eat it REALLY early the day before – I’m not a huge fan of big dinners before race day)!

Favourite post-run meal?

PIZZA AND MIMOSAS!

Do you have any superstition?

Nope!

What is your biggest achievement sport wise?

Probably winning first place female in Arkansas – since it was such a big race!! And getting a 1:25 finish time!!

If you were granted one wish related to running, what would it be?

None! I’m right where I want to be!  

Amy Haas

Links

Instagram: @raceacrossthestates

Blog: https://raceacrossthestates.com


This or That

Early Morning Run or Evening Run

Tea or Coffee

Winter Running or Summer Running

Solo running or Running with Friends

Road Running or Trail Running

Dog or Cat

Miles or Kilometres

Run with someone chatty or run with someone silent

Run with no sock or run with no underwear  

Run a hilly 5k or flat 10k

Run a hilly 10K or flat half marathon

Run a hilly Half Marathon or Flat Marathon

Run a hilly Marathon or Flat Ultra Marathon

Run as much as you want on the treadmill or only run once a week outside