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 gym rat, sports fanatic, runner, baker, cooker and shopper Simone from @luvzshopping.
Women’s Running Community (WRC): What Made You Take Up Running?
Simone (S): I have always been a runner but took it more seriously the past 3 or 4 years with half marathons as my race of choice.
WRC: What Do You Love About Your Body?
S: My petite figure. There will always be things I want to improve on but I think all in all, everything falls into place nicely on my frame.
WRC: How Has Running Helped You Appreciate Your Body?
S: Running has made me realize that energy level can take me far. And there is a reason why I get compliments on my legs. I never would have thought I could run 13.1 miles without stopping. Who knew?!
WRC: How Has Running Helped You Physically, Mentally, Emotionally, and/or
Generally In Your Life?
S: Running has helped me keep in shape. Cardio is not a friend to everyone but I embrace it. Coupled with my weight training, it keeps me in great physical health. And running is my time to think. I put current events behind me and see where my legs take me.
WRC: What Do You Think About When You’re Running?
S: When I’m running, I don’t think about much. I like to run streets where I can enjoy the scenery. I try not to think about what’s going on in life too much if I can avoid it.
WRC: What Do You Love Most About Running?
S: I think the thing I love most about running is the satisfaction of finishing a race. There is no better feeling.
WRC: What’s Your Favorite Part Of Being A Runner?
S: My favourite part of being a runner is the impact I have had on others. I have had people sign up to run their first 5K because my race history has motivated them to run more.
WRC: Do You Engage In Other Sports or Activities? If So, What And How Often?
S: I love sports and I’m very active. I play indoor and outdoor soccer, I work out in the gym and I love a good challenging bootcamp class to see exactly what my body is capable of. I’m usually engaged in some type of activity about 6 days a week.
WRC: How Do You Stay Motivated When You Don’t Want To Run?
S: I’m almost always signed up for a race. When I’m signed up, I follow a training schedule. I always want to do the best I can do I try not to miss training days if I do not have to.
WRC: Most Memorable Race Or Running Accomplishment?
S: In September of 2016, I made the decision to sign up for the Walt Disney World Half Marathon taking place in January 2017. Because the race was sold out, I registered with Team in Training and had to raise money to participate with funds going to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I had to raise $3,500. Not only did I raise $6,500, I raised the most out of all of the Canadian participants. The race was to take place on the Saturday but on the Friday before, the race organizers made the difficult decision of cancelling the race because there was lightning in the forecast. I was so disappointed because of all of my training and fundraising but I knew it was the best decision for the safety of the runners. We were given the option of a refund, park passes, the option to run a future Disney race or the option to run the full marathon the next day. My original instinct was to run a future race. But after speaking to a friend who is also a runner, she convinced me to run the full marathon the next day. I almost decided against it. I had never trained, I had never done a full and I was Bergius I couldn’t do it. But I did. And I finished. It was hard, it was emotional, but I t was rewarding. I never had plans to run a full marathon and in less than 24 hours, it happened. There were times when I didn’t want to finish but I told myself I could do it, and I’m so glad I did. It was never on the bucket list to do a full marathon but I put it on that list and happily crossed it off the next day. It just goes to show you that anything is possible and if you think you can’t do something, you can. And I am proof of that.
WRC: What Is Your Best Tip Or Advice For A Newbie Runner?
S: My best tip is to start small. Sign up for a 5K and follow a couch to 5K training program. If you have a friend who is a runner, ask her if she will train with you and sign up with you. I helped 3 people run their first 5K and did it with them. Sign up for some running communities if you need further support. Just know that you are not alone and once you run that 5K, you will be ready to sign up for the next one!
WRC: What’s Your Favorite Affirmation?
S: Don’t count the days. Make the days count.