Everyone knows I’m not much of a runner, but I do like to workout, lift weights, do cardio at home using my Nike Training Club app or trying out workout programs that I find fascinating. On the other hand, I find runners to be very inspiring, and from time to time, I would go out and walk/jog off some tension and stress and it does feel wonderful.

This Sunday, is The ING New York City Marathon, and many New Yorkers, and out of towners who trained for months, maybe years will be out there giving this race their all. Last year, my friend Karen told us about her marathon experience in this amazing post.

This year I had the opportunity to interview 3 wonderful, motivating, and inspiring ladies that simply love to run, and although they are not running the ING Marathon this year, I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s in their near future… So sit back, relax and get inspired as you read their running stories and pointers to get you motivated and excited to just get up and run.

Meet Ely:

Ely's sneakers

How long have you been running?

I have been running for about 2 and a half years now. I think I remember when I realized I loved it. I was invited to go for a run around the Central Park loop. It sounded great though I had no idea what to expect (I did not bother checking how long the loop was nor looking at a map of Central Park). I was throughouly surprised to learn that we were running 6 miles which included Heartbreak Hill (ouch my legs still hurt at the memory). I felt so great when I finished, it was an awesome reminder of how much you can accomplish when you truly push yourself.

What motivates you to keep on running?

The adrenaline rush and that feel good feeling you get during/right after your run. The fact that I know it’s good for my health, plus it’s a great way of relieving stress and I have lots of it!!! It’s also when I do my best thinking. I run because I’vee learned I have a competitive spirit; sometimes my friends and I engage in little challenges which definitely force me to lace up my sneakers and go out there.

Do you eat or drink prior to running? If so, what?

If I drink anything it is water; but I try not to drink too much of it so I’m not forced to stop and look for a restroom during my run.


Describe your perfect running shoe and how many pair of running shoes do you currently have?

I currently own two pairs but really only use one. I need a new pair. I like the Nike running shoes; they are light so I don’t feel dragged down by a heavy sneaker yet sturdy enough to handle the wear and tear of the run. I plan to get my hands on the Nike LunarGlide+3 Shield; and I admit I am curious about those “fivefinger” sneakers; but don’t feel I’m quite ready yet.

Do you stretch before or after your run? Or both?

I stretch after I run; I’m working on stretching for longer period of time. I also want to get used to stretching or warming up before long runs as well. I know my legs will thank me later.

Do you use any applications to track your running?

Yes I use the Nike+ or Nike+ GPS applications; I also recently signed upf for an App called RunKeeper

What’s the farthest mile you’ve run?

The farthest I’ve run was a half marathon in may 2010 (13.2 miles)

What would you say is the best thing to do after a jog/run?

For me, I love a good stretch and then a hot shower to relax my muscles. A good snack after, helps too; usually a piece of fruit or nuts (definitely not a cheeseburger, lol).

Do you have any advice for new runners, or someone that wants to get in the habit of running?

Just start running! you don’t have to run a marathon, start running a few blocks….just do it, eventually your body will be craving it and you will run farther and farther. Find a running partner if you are lacking motivation.

Meet @MixedBunny

Mixedbunny

How long have you been running?

I ran in high school but didn’t pick it back up until 3 years ago. Mostly short distance around the neighborhood, but once I saw I was able to run longer distances, I started being more of a long distance runner.

What motivates you to keep on running?

Running is a competition that you are in, but you are the only competitor. I’m always setting new goals and expectations for myself. Running is a sport that allows you to see the results of your hard work. You see the difference in your pace, your endurance, your energy, your strength and your overall health. It’s motivating to see what you’re capable of and you want to keep pushing yourself to the next level. I pick a race and train for that race. I’m also in a couple running groups and those are helpful for the support system and changing up the routine!

Do you eat or drink prior to running? If so, what?

It depends. I know that you *should* but when I have early morning runs, I either have a drink with a little protein powder or tea, a banana, sometimes toast with peanut butter. If it’s after work, I tend to just have an energy bar or something along those lines. In all situations, I keep it light!

Describe your perfect running shoe and how many pair of running shoes do you currently have?

I have 3 but I use one mainly. I have one for my longer distance runs, and the others for my shorter distance, or sprint work. I have been known to buy the same pair of shoes when I’ve put too many miles on the first pair. When I’m in training, I wear the same pair, and also wear those to the race. My perfect running shoe has support, flexibility and is breathable. It can’t be heavy. My running shoes are also a size bigger than my regular shoes. Also, I need a splash of color. No solid color shoes – just a preference!

Do you stretch before or after your run? Or both?

Afterwards, yes. Before, I tend to not stretch; however, if I do, I usually do a little bit of a warmup activity before I stretch, even if it’s a quick walk, jumping jacks etc…

Do you use any applications to track your running?

MapMyRun is a favorite from when I wasn’t using an app but wanted to track my mileage. I would like a Garmin for Christmas but now I’m using Runtastic Pro.

What’s the farthest mile you’ve run?

11 miles nonstop

What would you say is the best thing to do after a jog/run?

Replenish your body – it worked hard, so reward it! Food, fluids, and R&R (rest & relaxation). I like to stretch afterwards and I’m slowly learning to appreciate the benefits of an icebath.

Do you have any advice for new runners, or someone that wants to get in the habit of running?

Don’t get discouraged! Everyone started somewhere. If you have to walk, walk – but don’t beat yourself up about it! Just pick up the pace when you can. Also, once your endurance improves, I’d invest in a good pair of running shoes and also if you like music, create a run playlist with songs that will motivates you to move!

Meet Denise

Denise Lao

How long have you been running?

I’ve been running for the past 8 months.

What motivates you to keep on running?

Weight loss and the feeling of accomplishment.

Do you eat or drink prior to running? If so, what?

Normally a glass of water so I don’t have to carry along a water bottle.

Describe your perfect running shoe and how many pair of running shoes do you currently have?

I have one pair of sneakers from New Balance. They’re perfect because they don’t hurt my feet like my previous pairs. It took a few miles to get used to them but now my arches are pain free and I seem to run with better posture.

Do you stretch before or after your run? Or both?

For morning runs, I stretch both before and after. In the evenings, I stretch after. I skip the stretch in evening runs because I normally walk 1.3 miles to Grand Central instead of taking the subway. My body is still warm and pumped up to go.

Do you use any applications to track your running?

I use Nike Plus. I have RunKeeper on my iPhone but never got to use it

What’s the farthest mile you’ve run?

8.5 miles

What would you say is the best thing to do after a jog/run?

Rehydrate and stretch.

Do you have any advice for new runners, or someone that wants to get in the habit of running?

Start with short distances and work your way up. I could barely jog .5 miles when I first started, then I gradually pushed myself. Now I try to do at least 1.75 miles when I do my daily run.

{ 2 comments }

Cathy Presland November 4, 2011 at 6:28 am

great post. I'm a runner ;) although not a marathoner. Lovely to see what other women are doing and what their routines are.

Cathy

kmp22 November 4, 2011 at 6:53 am

Thank you Cathy. Yes, their stories is inspiring. I\’m still a jogger, lol, someday I\’ll be a runner, someday… :)

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