Sunday, March 30, 2014

Runner Spotlights #81

Happy Sunday everyone! I've had a super busy weekend and can't wait to tell you all about it this next week! Yesterday I ran my last half marathon until the fall. It's already getting way too hot to race here on the Gulf Coast...and I really felt that heat yesterday!

Now it's time for another runner favorite time of the week! I love reading other runners' stories about their running journey! If you are interested in being spotlighted on my blog please email me at! I'd love to spotlight you! You don't have to have a blog to be just have to be a runner! ;-) And I'm running low on spotlights so now's your time to shine!!!

Today I'm spotlighting Kim from This Runner's Fuel! She is a Boston Marathon finisher and super cute! Keep reading to learn more about her and her running journey!

Name: Kim Yohe
State: Pennsylvania

When and why did you start running?
I started running oddly enough after a drastic diet change. I was learning more about the ways food had become industrialized and decided to eat a whole foods plant-based diet. Once I eliminated meat and 90% of dairy from my diet, I had so much energy that I just started running. I decided to sign up for a 5K, ran it and fell in love with the feeling of confidence pushing myself gave me.

What is your favorite race and race distance?
That’s a tough one. I love half marathons because the distance is very challenging and the training is very manageable. However, the marathon, to me, is a true test of endurance. I haven’t mastered it yet and I’m still improving, learning and working towards a time that will satisfy me, if that’s possible. :-) The Boston Marathon was amazing and one of a kind, but Pittsburgh is my home town and they put on one awesome marathon!

What is your race day routine?
I like to get up at least 1.5 hours before I have to leave. I start by drinking black coffee followed by a pre-meal, typically toast with peanut butter and a banana. I usually get dressed after I eat and start drinking water. I stretch and roll while I wait to “digest”. While driving to the race, I usually listen to upbeat music and imagine myself running a strong race. So, really nothing unusual. I do tie and re-tie my shoes about 12 times before I start. :-)

What is your most favorite piece of running gear?
My running shoes of course. They’ve been through a lot with me. My Garmin 410 is a close second.

Do you follow any diet or take any specific supplements that complement your running?
I’m not as strict about my vegetarian diet as I used to be (I eat salmon often), but I am committed to easting as clean as possible. During training, I eliminate sugar, saturated fat and alcohol within reason. As far as supplements go, the only two things I really use are MSM Powder for recovery and Beet Crystals for vascular dilation.

What do you wish you’d known when you first started running?
I thought about this for a while and came up with nothing. I’ve learned so much along the way in my running journey and wouldn’t change a thing. All of the mistakes I’ve made and lessons I’ve learned the hard way are what make me the runner I am today.

What is your fondest running memory?
Running the Boston Marathon without a doubt. I was on cloud nine the entire way. The crowd support along the way made me feel like I was running in the Olympics for gold. A feeling I will never forget.

What is one thing that most people do not know about you?
I’m kind of an open book. I blog my life away, so pretty transparent.

Here are all the different ways you can connect with Kim!

Thanks so much for sharing with us Kim!

QOTD: Did anyone race this weekend?



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