When I realized I'd be away for a week I thought it would the perfect time to feature some of my favorite bloggers here. When I put out the call to my friends I had so many respond that I'll be sharing them before and after the trip as well. I couldn't wait to share this interview with Laura from Mommy, Run Fast! I've been reading her blog since I started my own and she is a total inspiration to me as I prepare for my first marathon. Be sure to stop by her blog and check out her gorgeous family, great running tips and try not to be to envious of her pace time (because I'm envious enough for all of us.)
What inspired you to run a marathon?
I ran for almost ten years and never thought I needed to run a marathon, but one day the marathon bug bit me and I couldn’t get the thought out of my mind! I decided to train for one and then be done. I took a year or two off and then ran my second, and am now training for my third… it’s somehow addicting!
What was your training like?
I did the bare minimum for my first marathon. My mileage wasn’t high going into training, so I peaked at 40 miles and only ran one 20 miler in training. I ran 3 20’s for my next marathon and peaked at 50 miles, and it made a big difference.
What was the worst part of the marathon? The best?
Those last few miles of my first marathon were the hardest thing I’ve ever done. But crossing the finish line was amazing! An accomplishment feels so much sweeter when you are working that hard for it!
What advice would you give to those just starting to train for a race?
Start where you’re at. Increase your long run and weekly mileage gradually, and include cut back weeks with easy runs and less mileage to let your body recover and rebuild itself. And don’t forget to enjoy the process!
What is your biggest challenge to staying fit?
Probably my husband’s schedule. I’m pretty self-motivated to get my workouts in, but it can be tricky to work it around child care and make sure I get up early enough to get in the full workout before my husband leaves for work.
What keeps you motivated to workout and eat healthy?
I love how it makes me feel. I have no problem eating cake and ice cream at a party, but it often leads to more poor eating choices and soon I feel sluggish and gross. Eating real food gives me so much more energy. And running is my love- it gives me energy for the day and is my morning therapy. It does take a little more work for me to stay committed to strength training, yoga, stretching and all the other things I should be doing to keep my running injury free!
Sum up your blog:
I write at Mommy, Run Fast and share my training journey, running tips, recipes and nutrition info as a Holistic Health coach and RRCA certified running coach. I’m currently training for the Philadelphia marathon in November. I also host a menu planning link up on Sundays.
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Anything else you’d wish to share?
Thanks so much for having me, Erica!