How is it almost the end of August already? This summer has whizzed by! The temperatures seem to be cooling down a little which I am SO thankful for. I forget each year how horrid it is to train for a half/full during the hot summer months.
This week’s guest blog is the fabulous Alexis and Terran from Parks and Perspiration. You have got to check these guys out! Not only are they serious #couplegoals, but they are raising money by running 250km around New Zealand in support of the National Parks Foundation. You can find them on Instagram and also on their website.
1. Why did you start running?
We both started running on and off again in our early twenties. We were both trying (separately, we hadn’t met yet) to join the Navy and knew a run was part of the fitness test. After that I (Alexis) kept running and got interested in endurance sports and Terran got interested in weight lifting. During our sea tours we deployed a lot, and it’s hard to eat well on a ship, so we packed on some weight and lost a lot of fitness, now we’re on “shore duty” which is more like a normal job and so we’re getting back into running and focusing on our health!
2. What motivates you to keep running?
We love to experience the places we travel and live! Our goal is to never have to miss an opportunity because we aren’t fit enough. We walk a ton on vacation, we hike a lot when we visit National Parks or interesting places, and being able to say “yes” to an adventure is worth all the training!
3. What is your favourite distance and why?
Alexis: The longer the better. I’m slow so my times are never impressive but I can tough out long distances mentally and so I can feel accomplished in that way.
Terran: The shorter the better; no in reality I’m still figuring it out. Our half marathon last week was the longest I’ve ever run and before that it was just 5k’s so I’m still deciding.
4. Tell me about your most memorable race.
Alexis: Probably my Ironman 70.3, I just couldn’t believe that I moved my body that far under my own power. I had gone through so much “life stuff” while training for that race and USAT doesn’t allow headphones on the course so I had 7 grueling hours to just keep moving forward and let my brain sort through all the emotions of racing and my life at that time. Plus Benton Harbor is beautiful so the race was cool, gorgeous and fun!
Terran: Last weekend! Partly because it was my first/only real race and partly because cold torrential downpours really make you question why you’re out there. It’s easy to train in good weather and race in good weather, but pushing forward to a finish line when your shoes are soaked and your shorts are stuck to your legs and you don’t really WANT to be there anymore, that teaches you about yourself.
5. What did you learn about yourself training for this race?
Alexis: That getting back into it is harder than just getting into it and staying in it. I don’t like that I can’t do things I used to be able to do.
Terran: Everyone’s a runner if they want to be.
6. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?
Alexis: Be kind to yourself. It’s hard not to be frustrated with injuries or bad runs but being a team has made it easier to make the good decisions like taking a couple days off to heal.
Terran: Slow down! I like to run fast to get it over with, but instead I keep pace with Alexis and the runs take a lot longer but we’ve been able to add in a lot of miles with very little injury.