The #WhatARunnerLooksLike Wednesday series features everyday women runners and their real thoughts on running, their accomplishments, struggles and bodies. We created this series as a way to help ordinary women runners tell their extraordinary stories. We have been inspired by the stories of other women runners and received much strength to know that we are not alone in our struggles. Some interviews are silly, some are long, some are short, and some are profound. We hope you enjoy, and if you’re interested in sharing your #WhatARunnerLooksLike story with us or know someone in your running circles that has an inspiring story to share, simply use this online form to submit your story.
This week’s #WhatARunnerLooksLike Wednesday feature is Kierin from @kieringrace.
Women’s Running Community (WRC): What Made You Take Up Running?
Kierin (K): I started running after I became a mom! I had always wanted to be a runner but never thought I could do it. Wow, I was so wrong! I wanted to be healthier not only for myself but for my family too!
WRC: What Do You Love About Your Body?
K: My legs. They have become so strong and I am so proud of that!
WRC: How Has Running Helped You Appreciate Your Body?
K: Running has really helped me to be more accepting of my body. I work so hard every day and I am so appreciative that my body is capable of that.
WRC: How Has Running Helped You Physically, Mentally, Emotionally, and/or
Generally In Your Life?
K: Running has helped me in so many ways! It gives me so much energy, keeps me healthy, and makes me happy! It also keeps me from going crazy sometimes!
WRC: What Do You Think About When You’re Running?
K: I usually think about things I need to get done that day, or just things that have happened in the past few days. I know it sounds boring!
WRC: What Do You Love Most About Running?
K: How I feel after a run! I always feel like I can do anything!
WRC: What’s Your Favorite Part Of Being A Runner?
K: There’s so many things! I think my favorite part is feeling super healthy!
WRC: Do You Engage In Other Sports or Activities? If So, What And How Often?
K: I do some strength training a few times a week and a lot of walking when I’m not running.
WRC: How Do You Stay Motivated When You Don’t Want To Run?
K: I usually put on some good music to get myself pumped up!
WRC: Most Memorable Race Or Running Accomplishment?
K: Thinking I couldn’t run my first race in under 50 minutes, and then coming in at 46 minutes!
WRC: What Is Your Best Tip Or Advice For A Newbie Runner?
K: Just keep going. It’s going to hurt and you’re going to be sore, but it will pay off in the end.
WRC: What’s Your Favorite Affirmation?
K: I love running!
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