Sunday, July 27, 2014

Runner Spotlights #96

Hey everyone! I hope you are all having a great weekend! I am spending my weekend at the beach with family and we are having a blast! Today is also Hayden's 9th birthday! I can't believe my baby boy is growing up so fast!

It's time for another runner spotlight...my 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 mindy@roadrunnergirl.com! I'd love to spotlight you! You don't have to have a blog to be spotlighted...you just have to be a runner! ;-) And I'm running low on spotlights so now's your time to shine!!!

Today I'm spotlighting Smitha from Running With SD Mom! She's a California girl...I'm jealous! Keep reading to learn more about her and her running journey!!!


Name: Smitha
State: California

When and why did you start running?
I started running March 26, 2013 because I could no longer sit comfortably on the floor with my kids and play.  My body just felt big and yuck!

What is your favorite race and race distance? 
I like the 10 mile distance but my favorite race to date is the San Diego Women’s Half Marathon.  The positive female energy is outstanding and it is a smallish race.

What is your race day routine? 
I use the facilities!  As soon as I wake up, I am not leaving the house until I have done my business.  I am NOT ending up on the internet with poo running down my leg!  (My biggest nightmare!)  Then I make sure to have a Luna bar about 1 hour before running and then a Vega Pre Workout energizer about 20 minutes before.  Then during the run, I carry Nuun in my Nathan Speedbelt and Clif Shot Bloks in Margarita flavor!

What is your most favorite piece of running gear? 
This is like asking me to pick my favorite kid!  Hmm…I love my North Face Eat my Dust skirt but I also love my Headsweats visors.  Oh and my Hoka shoes…see?  How can I pick?

Do you follow any diet or take any specific supplements that complement your running? 
I should be on a more Paleo friendly diet but I love my carbs!  I do take Vega Pre and Post workout supplements to reduce the soreness!

What do you wish you’d known when you first started running? 
That there would be bad days and good days.  Even if you steadily get better, you will still have days that make you question why you stuck with it.  But if you don’t quit, a good day is peeking around the corner!

What is your fondest running memory? 
Crossing the Finish Line at the Carlsbad Half marathon.  Because really, before I started running, I thought only super humans could run 13.1 miles STRAIGHT!


What is one thing that most people do not know about you? 
I was a long jumper and triple jumper in high school but I HATED to run!

Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
I am a big champion for Epilepsy Research and Awareness and fundraise for the Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego County!


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


Thanks so much for sharing with us Smitha!!!

QOTD: What did you do this weekend?

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