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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Runner Spotlights #32

I can't wait to tell you all about the Zombie Run yesterday! It was a lot more fun than I expected! This morning I am running my 16th half marathon! Hopefully I am running strong and having fun!

Now it's time for another runner spotlight! If you are interested in being spotlighted on my blog please email me at! I am running low on spotlights and would love to feature you!

Today I am spotlighting April! She has an incredible story! Keep reading to learn more about her!

Name: April Joy Bowden
State: North Carolina

When and why did you start running? I used to run in high school (a million years ago).  I restarted late May of 2012.  The reason I started again was the alarming number I saw on the scale and the voices I kept hearing in my head that said, “The older you are, the harder it is to keep the pounds off.”  Quickly approaching 40, I knew I needed to do something.  Being the competitive person that I am, I accepted a challenge (with myself as the only opponent) to walk/run 1000 miles before my 40th birthday.

What is your favorite race and race distance?  The only race I’ve completed since I’ve started running again has been a 5k.  I enjoy this distance because it’s just long enough.  My goal is to knock at least two minutes off every time until I get down to my magic number (and hopefully place in the top five of my age group).  In a perfect world, I will complete my 1000th mile crossing the finish line to my first half marathon. I have chosen my first half marathon. I will be completing Run Like a Diva. I won't reach 1000 for that finish line, but I'm on track to finish by my birthday.

What is your race day routine?  Wake up early and look at my race gear which is usually in place days ahead of time.  I don’t eat much if it’s an early run, just a spoonful of peanut butter.

What is your most favorite piece of running gear?  I really like my fuel belt and my running skirt. 

Do you follow any diet or take any specific supplements that complement your running?  I drink alkaline water and mix moringa ( in my daily smoothies.

What do you wish you’d known when you first started running?  I wish I had known it was going to cost me more than the price of new running shoes.  For some reason, I didn’t think I would want/need a new running wardrobe. 

What is your fondest running memory?
Completing a 100 miles in a month challenge in September and running the Women’s Only 5k.  I had volunteered several years at Women’s Only and would always say to myself, “Next year I‘m going to run this event.”  Next year was finally this year.

What is one thing that most people do not know about you?
The first thing I wanted to be when I “grew up” was a singer.  I found that I’m better at writing the song than I am singing.

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

Thanks for sharing with us April!!!

QOTD: What did you do this weekend?



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