It’s been a wee while since I had a guest blogger on here – and I really am sorry for that as I blooming love them! I absolutely love them because; a) it’s great to be a little nosy and find out about how runners got started running; b) I like finding out about races that I’ve never heard of before; and c) (this is possibly my most favourite) hearing the incredible hints, tips and advice.
Today on ‘Why do you run?’ we have the pleasure of having Jamie. I’ve followed Jamie on Instagram now for a couple of years; no matter the weather, the workout or the time of day, she always has this huge smile on her face. I highly recommend you checking her out on IG and her blog (links are below).
1.Why did you start running?
I started running in 2013 at a time in my life when I knew it was time to start caring about something besides partying. It had been a few years since I’d done any regular exercise and I felt like crap. I didn’t do the greatest job committing to the half marathon clinic I joined, but I did complete the training and the race! From there, I slowly started to get a little more serious about running, and then when I finally quit drinking all together a couple of years later running truly stood out as my number one passion and it has ever since.
2.What motivates you to keep running?
A lot of things motivate me to keep at it. Running makes me feel SO good physically and mentally (especially when I’m done, LOL) and so there’s that, but I also love setting different kinds of goals. Over time I have learned to set performance and/or process goals and the things I learn during training and in races always keep me coming back for more. The sense of community I have found in running everywhere I go is so amazing and the accountability of a group will always be motivating for me, too. Running regularly is just the best thing I can do for my well-being as a whole.
3.What is your favourite distance and why?
My favourite distance is the marathon. Maybe I am a sucker for punishment? Nah, I love the marathon because it’s SO HARD!!!! I was reading an article in Women’s Running and I believe it was Molly Huddle who called the marathon a distance you need to be mature about. I’m still learning how to be mature in my mind when it comes to any distance, but especially the marathon. Not looking too far ahead, respecting the distance, etc. I have run twelve marathons and only three of them have been smart, but I learn new things every time and I want to continue to improve on my mental game, my overall execution and of course fitness. I’m actually taking 2020 off from the distance, but I’m already looking forward to the first 42.2k I’ll run in 2021!!!
4.Tell me about your most memorable race.
My most memorable race was California International Marathon in Sacramento in 2017. This was one of the three smart marathons haha. I put my heart and soul into that training cycle with my coach at the time and it was my first time cracking 4 hours, and I ran well under that. It was also my first time running with a pace group (fantastic experience) and then leaving that pace group to pull ahead. I had never imagined feeling that strong in the last quarter of a marathon. I also felt very present the entire race which was new for me, and then the finish line at the state capital was pretty epic. It was just overall a wonderful day and I proved to myself that I could run smart and execute a plan!
5.What did you learn about yourself training for this race?
Training for that race I learned that variety in training is key for me. All the workouts were so different and sometimes didn’t make sense to me but it worked well and I never got bored. I also learned for the first time that even the long run can actually be a workout (who knew) and that a 32k training run with sets of intervals, progression segments, fast finishes, etc. appeals to me WAY more than “32k easy” on the schedule. I get bored/distracted/in my head easily and so breaking it up like that is awesome. Lastly I learned that training through the fall and into winter for a December race when you live in northern British Columbia sucks, but I became an even earlier morning person and now own every reflective item available.
6.What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?
I think “respect the distance” and any way it gets paraphrased, will always be the advice I revisit most. It’s said a lot and sometimes loses value with how much that sentence gets thrown around, but it’s true and it applies to races and training runs. It’s really simple: I want to do the best I can AND still feel good at the end, so how am I going to make that happen? Don’t get me wrong, I have forgotten the principles of respecting the distance more times than I can count!
7. How can people find you, what are your social media details and do you have a blog?
I have a blog that isn’t updated super often right now as I’m in full-time school away from home, but I do my best! It’s a mix of running content and sober living content and you can find it at jammiekomadina.com
You can also find me on Instagram @jammiekomadina
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