Friday, December 6, 2013

Runner of the Week (12-06-2013)

Name:  Christine Hiester

Twitter:  @fruitnseason

How long have you been running? 
I started running three years ago at the age of 37.  I was never involved in sports, except for the recreational teams in elementary school (and always swore I would never run).  I simply didn’t like it. 
Fast forward to adulthood.
I was wrapped up in mothering and homeschooling four children and had tried finding activities to get myself in shape, but I wasn’t motivated enough to go to the gym.  Running was something that I could do locally and easily, although it wasn’t easy at the beginning.

What/who motivated you to start running?
My husband and I decided we needed to get in shape and thought we’d make it fun. Since we’re both quite competitive, we started a point system: anytime one of us would go out for a run or to the gym; we’d get a point.  If there was some obstacle to overcome (we were sick with a cold, it was raining, below 30*, etc) we got two points.   
Once we reached a certain number of points we could trade them in for a reward. I would trade mine in for time alone to go to the bookstore or out to lunch.  As a mom of 4, THIS was motivating!! 
When I first began, I couldn’t even run a half mile without being winded and taking a walk break. I was not much overweight, but very out of shape and carrying around that pesky extra 15 pounds from my fourth child. Pretty soon I saw the benefits of my running.  I lost some weight, toned up and could increase my distance regularly.  Pretty soon I was running 2 miles and then eventually 3 miles and I signed up for a couple of 5k races.  A year and a half ago I did my first (and only, so far) half marathon.

What’s something that you can’t run without?
Like most people, I need a good pair of running shoes, and some good tunes on my iPod.  But my favorite piece of gear is my Spibelt.  I don’t even notice I’m wearing it, and it holds my phone and car key perfectly and snugly.  I also can’t run without cool weather very well.  I’m definitely a fall/winter runner.  If it gets over 65 I’m uncomfortable and need some serious convincing to get out there.

What is your favorite race you have ever done or place to run?
I loved my half marathon, which I did in Disney with a friend.  It was the Princess Half and the weather was perfectly cool, the energy was high, and the whole experience was fantastic. 
As for my favorite place to run, I like running in new places and try to find new routes regularly. I once ran a couple of miles in Aruba while on vacation with my husband.  That was pretty amazing!

What is the best advice you would give a beginning runner?
Everyone starts somewhere. Set yourself small goals each week, even if it’s “get to the next mailbox tomorrow” or “take one less walk break”. The best advice I got before a race was this: You’ll only run each of these miles once.  Enjoy every one. 

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