Rogue of the week questions:
What is your favorite distance and why?
I really enjoy the 5K. It gives me the opportunity to use speed but also clicking off lap after lap and settling into a painful rhythm is a satisfying challenge.
What do you struggle with most in running?
I struggle with recovery and doing the little things that aren’t running. Stretching and rolling do not happen enough in my routine.
Do you rotate shoes and if so what is in your current rotation?
I do not currently rotate shoes. I run in the Brook’s Ravennas.
Do you have a mantra that you use when you are racing/training?
“One more, and then you can quit.” And then I say it again and again and again.
Do you ever feel unmotivated to train and if so how do you overcome it?
I will switch up my route or run with other people. If that doesn’t work, I usually dial it back and listen to what my body is saying, maybe I’m not unmotivated, just a little burned out.
What is the best thing running has given you?
The people. I have met so many amazing people who have changed my life.
What is your favorite race you have participated in and why?
Running the 5K at Penn Relays. The atmosphere was amazing and it felt really good to PR under the lights.
How did you get started in running?
I was very uncoordinated and soccer wasn’t working out. I realized I could run 100 meters quickly and started track in the 7th grade as a sprinter.
What is your favorite running workout?
Mile cutdowns or 400 repeats depending on my mood. Anything that makes my legs hurt at the end is good.
How many marathons have you run?
None officially, but I have run the distance twice.
Who is your favorite professional runner?
I really like Shalane Flanagan and Kara Goucher. Even though they have retired they are still very active in making the running community a better place which I admire.
What are the craziest race conditions you have had to endure?
I ran a half marathon at Cedar Point after a blizzard and it started snowing again mid-race. Going over the bridge in the wind and snow almost made me walk.
Do you have a goal race you haven’t done yet and why do you want to do it?
I want to do Western States and the Barkley Marathons. I have a lot of running to do before then, but they are always in the back of my mind.
Do you listen to music while you run and if so, what music gets you pumped up for a race?
I listen to party/hype playlists that my college teammates made, it reminds me of good races and puts me in the mood to race.