Sunday, August 31, 2014

Runner Spotlights #101

I hope everyone is having a great Labor Day weekend! We sure are!

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 Kaella from Kaella On the Run! She lives in Canada but has run a race in one of my bucket list cities...New York City! She also did a run streak...just like me! Keep reading to learn more about her and her running journey!


Name: Kaella
State: Alberta, Canada

When and why did you start running?
I started “officially” running in December 2012 as a way to lose the baby weight (60 pounds) and ran my first race in March 2013. I was hooked! I signed up and finished 9 more that year. In March, 2014 I completed the NYC half marathon (my dream race) and have many more on the horizon. My goal is to get faster and stronger and keep enjoying myself.

Along the way, I decided to start streaking (run streaking) and recently completed 397 days of running at least a mile every day. Thankfully my husband is (mostly) supportive of my crazy habit. I usually get up and run before my family is up (5-5:30am) or else I take my son, London, in the running stroller after work. You can read more about my running story here:
http://www.kaellaontherun.com/2013/06/my-running-story.html


What is your favorite race and race distance?
The half marathon is my favorite running distance. My favorite race was the NYC Half. I love New York City and was so excited to get selected in the lottery. Running through Central Park was beautiful and the energy running through Times Square was amazing! I think I ran my fastest mile there, haha! It is also my half PR which is pretty cool! You can read about my NYC Race experience here: http://www.kaellaontherun.com/2014/03/2014-nyc-half-marathon.html


What is your race day routine?
I don’t eat before a 5 or 10K race but I also eat before a half marathon. I get up three hours before the start time and have a piece of toast, or waffle, with peanut butter and a glass of water. I’ve laid out my clothing, gear and fuel the night before so I don’t have to worry about that. I usually have to use the bathroom a number of times before I leave the house and at least once, or twice, before I line up to start. I have Crohn’s disease so I my stomach is also a little upset when I’m anxious, or nervous, about something! I like to be on site at least half an hour beforehand.

What is your most favorite piece of running gear?
My running shoes. I’ve always been a Mizuno Wave Rider girl. They are so comfortable and light! I wear my retired ones on park dates, and long walks, with my son. I own far too many to admit. I’m saving for a new Garmin, though, so that may be my favorite item soon ;)

What do you wish you’d known when you first started running?
I just wish I would have started sooner. The runner community is amazing, both where I live and online, and they motivate me every day!

What is your fondest running memory?
I know I’ve mentioned it three times now but the NYC half is my favorite running moment. You couldn’t wipe the smile off my face as I ran through Times Square or when I crossed the finish line in under two hours (my goal!)


What is one thing that most people do not know about you?
I used to host a kids television show when I was a teenager. I got to learn how ice cream was made, meet some real-life heroes and go hang gliding. I was also an extra in some movies.

Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
I love meeting new people and interacting with other mother runners online. Thank you for reading my story!


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


Thanks so much for sharing with us Kaella!

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