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This week I am spotlighting Kayla from Keep Moving Forward! This girl is seriously too cute! And she loves to match her toenails and fingernails to her race day outfit...just like I do!!! Keep reading to learn more about her!
Name: Kayla Moothart
When and why did you start running? I started running in college. I had never really participated in any sports growing up because my mother couldn’t afford it so I never thought of myself as athletic. My boyfriend (now husband) had just transferred to OSU from another college where he had a cross country scholarship - he wanted us to run together so I decided to pick it up. I didn’t want to run with him until I could do at least 2 miles comfortably, by the time I got there, he didn’t want to run anymore at all! So now he is my coach!
What is your favorite race and race distance? I think that my favorite distance would be the half marathon - long enough to be challenging, but not soo long that it takes a ton of time to train for. Though I truly love all distances 5k to the marathon! It is too hard to pinpoint an exact race that is my favorite - so many of them I loved - you can check out my race review page to see them all!
What is your race day routine? I wake up bright an early - my biggest fear is being late (but that is me everyday of my life) I usually go to the bathroom, get dressed, begin breakfast, pick up the house (a new nervous thing I’ve been doing) prepare Austin’s breakfast, wake up Austin, eat my breakfast, hop in the car and ﬁnish my breakfast, when we get to the race site I cover all of my usual chaffing spots with vaseline and do a little bit of jogging around followed by the leg swings portion of the Myrtl Routine. Then I’m off! Before the race day I remember to paint my ﬁngernails and toenails to match my outﬁt!
What is your most favorite piece of running gear? My most favorite piece for usefulness is my sports bra - I can’t run without it. Other than that I really like my new GPS watch because it gives so much information - and I love details!
Do you follow any diet or take any speciﬁc supplements that complement
your running? I make sure to take in protein after runs to help my muscles repair quicker. I have found that I have been stronger while I really stick to this.
What do you wish you’d known when you ﬁrst started running? To be fearless. I have always been a runner who wants to “save some for later.” My husband thinks I need to run more full out - but I am afraid to run out of steam. Very few times have I done this and I performed well, but I thought I was going to die.
What is your fondest running memory? So many!! There have been so many runs where I have been able to think about life, enjoy the moment, and even cry and feel rejuvenated afterward! There have also been runs that have been so tough, but ﬁnishing them is a complete victory. Or races where I have had such a great time. Or runs with my friends that were so incredibly enjoyable. There is no way to pick just one!
What is one thing that most people do not know about you? This one is always a funny question to answer - I guess that I am very claustrophobic- but it is more being trapped in a small space with no way out - I’m ok if I know I can get out - weird.
Here are all the different ways you can connect with Kayla!
Blog: Keep Moving Forward
Thanks for sharing with us Kayla!!!
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