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 firstname.lastname@example.org! 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 Bree from Will Run For a Medal! She is a fellow runDisney lover and just got back from running the Dumbo Double Dare in Disneyland AND completing the Coast to Coast Challenge!! I'm so jealous! ;-) Keep reading to learn more about her and her running journey!
Name: Brianne “Bree” Smith
When and why did you start running?
I started running in 2009 while I was living in DC. We lived right on Capitol Hill, and it seemed like everyone was out running in the evenings and on the weekends. I loved morning runs in particular because I would run by the Capitol, Supreme Court, and onto the mall well before all of the government workers and tourists took over the streets.
What is your favorite race and race distance?
I love Disney races and I am not kidding when I say they are “magical.” I look forward to each Disney race, always get butterflies at the start of each one, smile throughout the course of each one, and am always sad on the bus back to the airport because I am leaving the most magical place on earth. My favorite distance is the half marathon because they quicker and easier to train for and they aren’t so hard on my knees.
What is your race day routine?
I am paranoid that I will oversleep and miss a race so I tend to set several alarms and set them so that I have plenty of time to spare. I generally eat a Luna or Cliff bar and drink water.
What is your most favorite piece of running gear?
Currently it is my new Brooks Adrenaline 14’s. I special ordered them from Fleet Feet so that I could get the teal with neon yellow accents rather than the white with pink accents. I LOVE the feel of new running shoes!
Do you follow any diet or take any specific supplements that complement your running?
A few years ago I read the Eat-Clean Diet by Tosca Reno and the concepts just made sense. I try to eat clean for as many meals as possible during the week and try to pre-plan and prepare my meals in advance so I am not as tempted to eat processed foods or eat out. Some weeks are better than others of course, but eating clean is what I always think about while grocery shopping.
What do you wish you’d known when you first started running?
I wish I would have known how fun it would be because then I would have started running at a younger age. I see teens running half marathons and I envy them. I wasn’t really good at any team sports I participated in growing up but if I would have gotten into running half marathons in high school or college, I think my confidence wouldn’t have suffered so much and I could have avoided the freshman 15 (which ended up being over 50 pounds for me).
What is your fondest running memory?
I clearly remember finishing my first half marathon in Baltimore, Maryland. I saw my mom near the finish and I started sprinting thinking I was closer to the finish than I actually was. I forgot that the finish was after you run through Camden Yards, not at Camden Yards but my nerves got the best of me and I just started sprinting a bit too soon.
What is one thing that most people do not know about you?
I think when people look at me they would never guess that I have run over 30 half marathons. I am still working on losing all of the weight I gained in college so I am not the thin, lean runner that you would expect a “seasoned” runner to be.
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Thanks so much for sharing with us Bree!
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