Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Runner Profile: Shaina

Shaina and her family following the 2011 Pike's Peek 10K- her kids are following her inspiring example!
Name: Shaina

Age: 40

When I started running: I've been running on and off for years but picked it back up more consistantly a few years ago when my youngest child started nursery school.

Why I run: Running is my favorite exercise to do. It gives me confidence, strength and energy. I also love the "me" time.

Favorite local race: Kentlands 5K. It was my first 5k and is still my favorite.

How I stay motivated: I always like to have a scheduled race on the calendar. It gives me a goal and keeps me focused. I also joined a great website (dailymile.com) that keeps track of my running mileage.

Most memorable running moment: I have two. My two most memorable moments are being on the running course and seeing the finish line for the Kentlands 5K and the Pike's Peek 10K. There is nothing like spending months getting ready for a race and then approaching the finish line of that race.

Future goals/race plans: Finish every race I start. Run more 5K's and 10K's. Eventually run a half marathon.

Advice for new runners: First, invest in a good pair of sneakers. It's worth it. You don't want to be sidelined by a running injury. Second, don't compare yourself to other runners. Everyone runs at their own pace. Third, sign up for a race in the future. It gives you a goal and you may find that as soon as you finish that race, you can't wait to sign up for another one! Finally, remember that walking out the door is often the toughest part of a run.