Sassafras

Sassafras

Sassafras has written 100 posts on Salty Running.

Southern-transplant lass who loves 90s boy bands, outdoor adventures and college basketball, although not necessarily in that order. After cracking the 4 hour marathon mark, I'm hoping to run a Boston Qualifying time!

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Age: 32
Country/State/General Vicinity: Lexington, KY, USA!
Year you ran your first mile without walking: Maybe 1991? I can say for certain that it was for the Presidential Physical Fitness test in gym class

Year you became ‘a runner': 1993

Why you started running: The most seventh-grade of reasons: all my friends were doing it, as in joining the track team. Plus I thought it would help me get nice legs!

Why you run now:  I love the way it makes me feel connected to nature and more grounded. I am a better person when I run – less stressed, more fit, more grounded and just overall in better health. Plus I do love to race and challenge myself!

Month/Year you became a Salty Blogger:  July 2012

What is your voice on Salty Running?  The cheeseball middle-of-the-pack marathoner.

What is your favorite category of posts on Salty Running? Food & Nutrition.

What’s the most you ever spent on a sport bra? Around $30. I like to look for the good stuff at outlet malls or marked down online!

First race: I don’t remember the event! It was something on the track in 7th grade, either the 800 or the 1600. I remember being concerned that I wouldn’t be able to make it the whole way!

Last race: The Bluegrass 10,000, our local July 4th race. I love the crowd support of this one. My friends always have their own informal aid station with signs, cowbells and the works!

3 Races you most wish you could run: Big Sur, the Athens Greece Marathon and of course, Boston.

Favorite race: Oh man, this is a tough one! I think probably the Columbus Marathon 2010. I loved everything about that race. Not only did I PR, but it was just one of those races that was super well organized and everything about my  day fell into place!

Best running advice you’ve ever gotten: Trust your training. I tend to trip myself up mentally, and it helps calm my nerves to remember this one!

First Running Shoe: Not sure, but I believe they were Reeboks.

Do you run with a watch? What kind?  I have a Garmin 205 that’s kinda on its last legs, plus a Timex Ironman for the gym and days when the Garmin is acting up.

Running goals for 2012:  Break 4 hours in the marathon.

Current/Main/Favorite Shoe:  I rotate between the Asics Gel Nimbus and the Saucony ProGrid Ride 3.

How many pairs of running shoes are currently in your house? Seven or so. Some waiting to be donated, some that have been downgraded to yard work or cross training shoes and some that I have bought ahead on sale!

Running hero(es): Kathrine Switzer. She proved that she wasn’t just the token female through hard work, and I admire all of her efforts for gender equality in running!

Favorite Running Partner(s): Too many to name, and I’m sure I would leave someone out, so I’ll just say my dog Sandy is my fave.

Non-running hobby: Hiking and reading. My goal is to read 50 books in 2012!

Who’s in your household? Me, my husband and our crazy dog.

Occupation (how you get your shoe money): Public Relations

I’d Like to Include: Quote: “There will be days when you don’t think you can run a marathon. There will be a lifetime of knowing you have.” – unknown. This was a Runner’s World quote of the day that got me through training for my first marathon, but I think it can applied to any distance or new type of challenge!
Also, I have a pre-race superstition: Painting my nails the night before a race. This is something that goes back to middle school for me; it’s just really calming and helps me focus. I’ve even gone so far as to travel with nail polish in my carry-on!

PRs:
5K – 23:17 (2012)
5 mile – 41:47 (2012)
10k – 50:23 (2012)
15k – 1:17:40 (2010)
10 mile – 1:30:16 (2012)
1/2 Marathon – 1:51:36  (2010)
Marathon – 3:56:24 (2012)

 

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