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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Runner Spotlights #8

So as you are reading this...I am camping with my family at the Cub Scouts family campout. I will definitely tell you all about it this week!

But now it is time for another runner spotlight! If you are interested in being spotlighted on my blog please send an email to!

Today I am spotlighting Casey from Project Girl Get Fit! She has only been running since February and is doing awesome!!! Keep reading to learn more about her!

Name: Casey Divane
State: IL      

When and why did you start running? I started running in February of this year as a part of my epic life change to get healthy and in shape. One of my first goals was training for running my first 5k.

What is your favorite race and race distance? I’ve run several 5k races by now as well as a couple 10k races and am training for a half marathon. However, I really love doing the 5k. It's long enough to get into your groove without leaving you kind of exhausted. Maybe that will change as I become a more experienced runner, but right now, I love cranking out a couple miles and then tagging out.

My favorite race so far has been the Torchlight 5k. It was held downtown in Chicago along the lakefront and was in the evening, so it was kind of lovely to watch the sun go down and the city light up as we ran.

What is your race day routine? If it’s a morning race, I get up, stretch a little bit, pull on my race clothes and head over to the race. I typically drink very little and eat a small snack before the race because I know that I’ll have to pee like halfway through. Haha. When I get there I get all checked in, etc and then go try to see what I can of the course so that I have a general idea of what I’m heading into. I usually make sure I hit the bathroom one last time and do a little final stretching before getting my music, headphones, and heart rate monitor in place and starting.

What is your most favorite piece of running gear? I’d say it’s a toss-up between my shoes and my music. My trainer would tell you that I am never without either one of them. I am madly in love with my Merrell Pace running shoes and after having transitioned to minimalist running, I can’t imagine ever going back. And my music helps me focus and push through the miles, though it’s mostly background noise. 9 times out of 10, I just pick whatever song I am currently digging and just throw it on repeat while I run.

Do you follow any diet or take any specific supplements that complement your running? I don’t really follow any specific diet. I eat healthy and try to avoid a lot of overly refined or processed foods, but mostly it is just eating healthy. My only rule of thumb is to eat or drink something with protein in it within 45 minutes of finishing to help with recovery, etc.

What do you wish you’d known when you first started running? That no matter how well I do, that it’s addicting and I will want to do more, faster, better, longer, etc. I’m sure someone (or multiple someone’s) probably told me that at the beginning, but I had always hated running, so I didn't really believe them. How else can you explain my deciding to sign up for a half marathon for my one year running anniversary?

What is your fondest running memory? I kind of love them all, but probably my second race. My trainer and I ran both my first and second race together. The first was awesome because I had never completed one, but the second was amazing because I blew away my first time and felt SO accomplished and like I was making really incredible progress. Plus he got super excited, which also made me super proud of myself.

What is one thing that most people do not know about you? I am actually a pretty shy person until you get to know me. My personality online is so much bigger than if you were ever to randomly meet me in real life. I tend to be kind of quiet and get to know people before my loud, energetic, goofy personality really comes out. 

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

Instagram: cdivane

Thanks for sharing with us Casey!!!

QOTD: What did you do this weekend?



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