Ever wonder what your fellow runners are thinking, eating, or listening too? Well we are too! So sit back, relax and enjoy some insight from your fellow runners! Susea started running in junior high while living in Vermont. She ran in the evenings to burn off teenage angst and to be a better soccer player; sometimes running while dribbling a ball for several miles. In her adult life she started running sporadically for stress relief and then semi-regularly to lose the baby weight and to get back in shape. She ran her first 5k on Mother’s Day pushing a stroller, and her first 10K that fall. A year later she ran her first half marathon, then another later that same summer. That’s when it hit her; she was not longer a soccer player who ran…she was a runner! Today, Susea lives in Sitka, Alaska (with her husband and two sons on a sailboat) and loves running on the trails in the mountains. On a nice day from the mountain ridges she can see forever across the islands, enjoying the view of the ocean and the wildflower lined trails. Oh, and did we mention there is no season you cannot run in Sitka because of the mild weather…it doesn’t get much better than that! Let’s see how Susea answered our running questions:
Q:What is your favorite post run treat?
Q:What is the most motivational song on your playlist?
A: Whistle (While You Work It)–Katy Tiz
Q:What was the last run you did?
A: 13 miles– followed by a slip and slide set up at a neighbor kid’s house at the end of the run!
Q: What is the hardest run you’ve ever done?
A: 17 mile run the weekend following a half marathon race with a 4 minute PR (furthest I had ever run at that point, a long run in the marathon training schedule for my first marathon).
Q: What is the BEST run experience you can remember?
A: The 16 mile leg of the Klondike Road Relay! Amazing race: 110 miles from Skagway, Alaska north to White Horse, Yukon Territory, Canada. The race starts at night and heads up into the pass, up over the gold rush trail out of Alaska, through British Columbia into YKT. I didn’t sleep, didn’t eat right, got out of a van on the Yukon border at 3 am and ran into a town that looked like Disney land with all the RV lights and team vehicles at the checkpoint before dawn (otherwise there is one small store/gas station in the ‘town’ of Carcross). There are amazing hills on this course and I ran up all of them (mostly since it was dark and I couldn’t see the top of them…so I just kept running). Running into the checkpoint and seeing my best friend and running partner ready to take the chip after I had run further than I have ever run before was a very empowering experience. We were a team of 10 women from Sitka and Juneau, Alaska–we were up 16 hours cheering and supporting each other through the entire 110 miles.
Q: When was the last time you lost a toenail due to running?
A: Check this: I have never lost a toenail, go figure (I do tend to pamper my feet, though)!
Thanks for sharing Susea! Cheers to many more miles of running strong, and beer!