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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Runner Spotlights #9

This morning I am running my 11th half marathon! Hopefully my hip will do ok...and the new shoes will do ok too. I'm not expecting to PR...just get the miles in for marathon training. Might as well get a medal since I have to run anyway right??? :-)

It's Runner Spotlights Day!!! If you would like to be spotlighted on my blog send me an email at

Today I am spotlighting Alex from Healthy Life Happy Wife! Love her story! Keep reading to find out more about her!

Name:  Alex
State: New York

When and why did you start running?
I started running seriously in November 2011 because I wanted something more from my fitness routine.  I had just been going through the motions before that – going to the gym, hopping on the elliptical for 45 minutes with my magazine, doing some bicep curls, and repeating that 3-5 times per week.  I wanted something more.   I needed a goal to work toward.  That’s when I signed up for the NYC Half Marathon and began my training.  Now I am hooked.

What is your favorite race and race distance?
My favorite race was definitely the NYC Half Marathon because it was my first distance race and I ran it with my little brother.  My favorite race distance would probably be a 10K because I can run a little faster than during a half marathon.  I love running fast (or at least fast for me!)

What is your race day routine?
I like to wake up early, have a cup of coffee, large water & a banana before a race.  I also really like to have my play list all set and listen to it on my way to the race to pump myself up.

What is your most favorite piece of running gear?
My favorite piece of running gear is definitely my Garmin 305!  I rely on that thing way too much but I love being able to pace myself accurately.

Do you follow any diet or take any specific supplements that complement your running?
I drink Cheribundi after just about every run (tart cherry juice) & drink Nuun during my long training runs.  Other than that, it really depends on the day!

What do you wish you’d known when you first started running?
I wish that I had known how important running gear is – especially running socks – and how important stretching/foam rolling is. 

What is your fondest running memory?
My fondest running memories are every training run I get to enjoy with my husband.  I love that we can be active together.  We are currently training together for a relay in October so there will be plenty more fond memories in the future ;)

What is one thing that most people do not know about you?
I’m a pretty open book but most people probably don’t know that I record every episode of How I Met Your Mother that airs on TV.  I could watch that show over and over and over again (& I do).  It's legen…wait for it…dary!

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

Instagram: healthylifehappywife

Thanks for sharing with us Alex!!!

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