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Sunday, January 6, 2013

Runner Spotlights #21

This weekend has been super relaxing! I love it because I know next weekend will be super's Disney marathon weekend!!!!! I'm a little excited!!!

Yesterday I ran my last long run of 8 miles! The run was awesome and my confidence is building that this marathon will be a success!

It's time for another runner spotlight!!!

This week I am spotlighting Erin from A Storybook Life! I started connecting with Erin and her husband Chris during my Burpee Boom Challenge! They are THE custest couple and I have enjoyed getting to know them better! Keep reading to learn more about Erin!

Name: Erin Jimenez
State: The Sunshine State

When and why did you start running?
It's not a secret that I've struggled with my weight for my entire life. Even as a competitive swimmer, I never was "thin". In December of 2011 I hit an all time low. I'd continued to gain weight, I was uncomfortable and I was ready to make some changes.  In January (2012) my co-worker and I began our journey of eating healthy.

I combined a healthy diet with a morning walk (4.5 miles) and began my journey to lose weight. One day, while walking with my husband and two doggies an older, larger man jogged passed me. At that moment 1 thing and one thing only crossed my mind.

"If he can do it, I can do it!" and away I went.

What is your favorite race and race distance?
So far I have only participated in one race. The Disney Expedition Everest Challenge, 5K + Scavenger Hunt. It was incredible! I highly recommend it to anyone who loves adventure, Animal Kingdom, and fun.

I have plans to run my first half marathon in February (Disney Princess 1/2).

What is your race day routine?
Since I've only done a night race, here is my timeline before the race:
        Sleep in, eat a healthy breakfast and lunch.
        Go swimming then take a nap.
        Macaroni and Cheese for dinner (about 3 hours before the run)
        Stretch, Stretch, Stretch ... (freak out a little)
After the race, my husband and I have made a tradition to go eat a cheeseburger and fries. It's a "once and a while" treat!

What is your most favorite piece of running gear?
I run my best when I'm wearing my Reebok Socks…the ones that have additional support around the middle of my foot.  Sounds silly, I know. BUT I love those things! :)

Do you follow any diet or take any specific supplements that complement your running?
I do not. I try to eat very healthy, and will often take a multivitamin (when I remember).

What do you wish you’d known when you first started running?
I wish I had known that you could get medals for running.  I would have started years ago! (Okay, maybe not...) Honestly, the biggest thing I wish I had taken advantage of sooner is the support system online with Twitter, Blogs, and other forms of social media. I love reading about other people and their journey.

What is your fondest running memory?
There was a moment during my first 5K when my husband and I were jogging next to each other and he looked at me and said "I'm really proud of you". 

What is one thing that most people do not know about you?
When I was younger, My Nana wanted to take us to see the Mermaids at Wiki-Watchie Springs. My mom loaded us in the car and took us. Everything was really fun until a Pelican decided to land on the roof of the boat we were riding in and poop... Right-on-my-arm!!  I have never been more embarrassed in all my life, as soon as we got off the boat, I rushed straight to the restroom to clean my arm.  
I hate birds.
Most people know I hate birds. However, most people do not know why (until now of course).  

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

Instagram: mrscjimenez

Thanks so much for sharing with us Erin! And hopefully I will see you in Disney this weekend!!! :-)

QOTD: What workouts did you do or do you have planned for this weekend?



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