Here it is; the last guest blog of 2018. A massive THANK YOU to all the guest bloggers who agreed to be part of this series, and of course to you for reading them. As I’ve mentioned before, I love hearing how other runners got hooked on the sport, I hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know some of the wonderful people in the running community.
Today’s guest blog is Dodie, and her Instagram handle is runnerinprogress
1. Why did you start running?
I originally started running to lose a little weight. I had recently started going to an aerobics class and doing yoga and I couldn’t lose the last five pounds. When I say that now it sounds so stupid. I run now because it makes me feel strong.
2. What motivates you to keep running?
Finish lines. Whether they be imagined or real. Nothing compares to crossing a finish line and knowing you didn’t give up on yourself.
3. What is your favourite distance and why?
Hands down, the marathon. One of my favorite running quotes is:
“In football, you might get your bell rung, but you go in with the expectation that you might get hurt, and you hope to win and come out unscathed. As a distance runner, you know you’re going to get your bell rung. Distance runners are experts at pain, discomfort, and fear. You’re not coming away feeling good. It’s a matter of how much pain you can deal with on those days. It’s not a strategy. It’s just a callusing of the mind and body to deal with discomfort. Any serious runner bounces back. That’s the nature of their game. Taking pain.” – Mark Wetmore
4. Tell me about your most memorable race.
That would have to be the Nittany Valley Half Marathon in 2016. I started the race with my friends Jackie and Kristy, and about three miles in I was feeling it, so I took off. I kept tucking behind groups of people but then we’d hit a hill and I’d think, “why are they going so slow?” so I’d go around them. It felt effortless and I was having a blast. Around mile 10 or 11 I spotted my friend Tim and worked hard to catch up to him. It was the first time I’d ever caught him in a race. We ran about a mile together and he started to walk but told me to go on. The final mile of the race is a grueling up hill to the Penn State football stadium. I didn’t have a lot left in the tank so I stopped to walk for a minute. I could hear Tim screaming behind me to RUN! I still had a chance to go under 1:50. Every time I would falter he’d start screaming again.I finally made it to the top with a shiny new half marathon PR of 1:48:34
5. What did you learn about yourself training for this race?
That race was the final race for me in 2014. 2014 was a big year for personal and performance growth for me. That spring a group of us trained all winter together for the Pittsburgh marathon.Weekend in and weekend out we hit the pavement together. It’s still one of the happiest times of my life.
6. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?
My friends and I had the privilege of joining Jessica Goldman for a few miles in the summer of 2014 while she was running across the United States to raise awareness for brain injuries. Someone asked her what her best piece of advice was and she replied, “If you get a rock in your shoe stop and take it out.” It was so simple and absurd but she’s 100% right. It’s not going to get better. Stop, remove the stupid thing!
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