Runner Profile – Ann

Friends, meet Ann. In addition to being a seriously fun girl, great photographer, and awesome runner, she designed our logo! I can’t wait for you to meet her in real life!

Stacy, Krissie, and Ann at the Reindeer Ramble 5K

Why did you start running? How long have you been running?

I started running regularly around age 10, but quit running (and sports in general) when I got to high school. I started running again last July, two weeks after giving birth to my second child and have never looked back!
 

What keeps you motivated?
In the short term, having a training plan keeps me motivated.  I respond to being able to log miles and check off goals.  In the long term, my kids are my motivation.  I want them to remember me as an active mom and really PLAY with them, not just watch them play.  Running gives me the strength and energy to keep up with them, and also enables me to be a good example of healthy living, so they can avoid all the obesity related issues that plague my family.

Are you training for a race or an event? What event? How is that going? What plan are you using?
I was more than halfway through the Hal Higdon Half Marathon Novice training program for Run the Bluegrass, but had to drop out when my 8 month old had to have lung surgery.  It was devastating to feel like I had “quit”, but I have come to terms with it.  Choosing to be by my daughter’s bedside doesn’t make me a quitter, it just shows my priorities are in the right order.  Besides, it has taught me about being flexible and having more realistic expectations of myself in the future.

Right now, I am redoing the training program, but don’t have a particular half in mind yet.  Just enjoying the freedom of running towards a goal, instead of a race.

What is your favorite race?
So far my favorite race has been the Southern Lights Stroll 5K.  I love cold weather running, and what better way to kick off the holiday season than by jogging through the most beautiful lights in town?!
Where is your favorite place to run?
Honestly, my favorite place to run is my own neighborhood of Gainesway.  I know some people get bored running the same streets over and over, but I like the predictability and the familiar routes.
What are your running fears?
Starting a race and not being able to finish it.  My personality compels me to master skills before I exhibit them in public.  I hate how race training programs stop 3-6 miles below goal distance.  If I’m going to run 13 miles on race day, I want to have run 16 miles on my own a couple of weeks beforehand.  Even then I’m scared I’ll have a mental lapse and not be able to finish!
Do you measure your runs or do you just run for fun? Has it always been that way?
I am an obsessive measurer of all metrics: weight, calories, pace, distance, mileage, etc.  I am realizing I need to start incorporating some tech free runs into my training, though, because I know I’m missing out on my own body cues, and probably limiting myself based on what the numbers say.
Have you ever dealt with injury?
I have overcome two “injuries” since I started running.  Shin splints plagued me from about week 2 to maybe week 5 of C25K.  With new shoes, lots of ice, and patience, they went away and thankfully have not reared their ugly head since.  I also had some nagging IT band pain at the connection site in my right hip that lasted from about Thanksgiving until just after the new year.  I started using a wooden rolling pin, before and after every run.  It hurt like hell, but it definitely helped.  Seems to have resolved, but if I get sore from a run, my hip is the first place I feel it.
Do you do any cross-training? What is your favorite?
I have recently incorporated 2 days of weight lifting, and at least 1 day of swimming into my routine.   I really love swimming, because I enjoy the quiet of being in the water.  I can’t distract myself with all my gadgets like I do on my runs, so I am forced to meditate while I’m in the water.
Do you have a long-term running goal?
Boston, Baby!   No, seriously.  Boston is definitely on my bucket list.
What gear is absolutely necessary for you?
My iPhone.  I know I need to break free from the tech addiction, but right now, I cannot live without all my running apps and my music.
What gear is on your wish list?
I would really like to try out some of the more barefoot type running shoes in the near future.
Do you eat on the run? If so, what?
If I am going to be running for more than an hour, then I will have a GU energy gel.  Mint chocolate, of course.
What is your favorite running song?
Anna Sun by Walk the Moon
Are you listening to any podcasts or audiobooks while you run?
Right now I am doing Zombies, Run! and having a BLAST!!
What are your favorite running/health-related websites or apps?
I use Nike+ GPS to track my distance and route information, Daily Mile for my training logs, and I read Runner’s World every month cover to cover.
What is the strangest thing that happened on a run?
I am pretty much an animal magnet, and have actually had a dog rip part of my shirt trying to bite me on a run.  But, I’d say the the funniest/scariest encounter was when i was doing my runs super early in the mornings last fall.  It was maybe 4:30 am (before the new baby would wake up), and I was jogging through the pitch black night in a state of complete exhaustion (<—-read not paying attention).  I came upon some tree weeds, or treeds as we like to call them in Lexington.  You know, the kind that someone has let completely grow over the sidewalk?  So I went to jog around them, when I became encased in a massive cobweb a la Arachnophobia circa 1990.  I’m pretty sure my blood curdling screams lasted for over 45 seconds, but I kept running, all the while flailing my arms in a desperate bid for freedom from my sticky net.  Moral of the story: nobody’s going to help a girl out in Gainesway subdivision, because not a SOUL peeked out to see if I was ok or not.
Do you have a running pet-peeve?
My pet peeve is runners who take themselves too seriously.  Let’s face it, very few of us are going to go on to compete in the Olympics or be in the Elite Runners corrals at any major event.  So if a fellow runner smiles and waves while you are out running on a local trail or in your neighborhood, it won’t kill you to break a smile or give a nod.  It’s called manners.
What are you reading right now?
World War Z
What is your one guilty pleasure?
All of the Real Housewives franchises, but particularly New Jersey.
What is your favorite meal/restaurant/recipe?
Pot roast with gravy, mashed potatoes, and baby carrots.
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