Meet our Half Marathon Superstars

Up & Running SuperstarsOne of the most popular features on our e-courses is the Runner of the Week interviews, in which we chat to kickarse runners about their running adventures.

I’m a total sucker for a Real Person Story – not that I don’t love reading about Olympic medalists and world record holders, but reading about regular people doing amazing things is what inspires me to put down my cuppa, push my chair away from the computer and declare, “RIGHTO! Let’s get this butt moving NOW!”.

We’ve lined up twelve rockin’ runners for our new Half Marathon Course and they all bring bucketloads of inspiration.

Today here’s a sneak peak at the first half dozen!

Meredith
Meredith

Meredith

Georgia, USA
Blog Swim Bike Mom | Twitter: @SwimBikeMom

How do you feel during a run?
Sometimes I feel fat. Sometimes I feel strong. My feelings during a run are never the same. I like to listen to music, to think about my next goals. I also troubleshoot work problems and personal issues while Eminem is playing. While I never feel the same during each run, I always feel the same afterwards: refreshed, strong and ready to take on what’s next.

If we had a magic wand that would give you free entry into any race anywhere in the world right now, which one would you choose?
Right now? That’s a hard one, because I’m not ready for much beyond where I am. So I will dare to say: if I had a choice to sit at any starting line, I would choose to float at the starting line in Kona, Hawaii and have a shot to race (Ironman World Championships: 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and marathon). Yes, this is ridiculously huge. I know I certainly don’t deserve a place there, and without the lottery, I probably will never in my lifetime darken Kona’s door. But If I had that entry with your magic wand, I’d sure as hell figure out a way to devote every second to training, and finish that race to the best of my ability, honoring the spirit and dignity of the race. Well, as dignified as this Swim Bike Mom can be.

Tina Reale
Tina Reale

Tina Reale

Georgia, USA
Blog Best Body Fitness | Twitter @tinareale

You’re a busy mum, blogger and businesswoman… how do you make time for running?
I firmly believe that if something matters to you, then you make time for it. Running is my therapy. It relieves stress, gives me a chance to think (and craft blog posts!), and sets a good example of health and fitness to my kids. My fitness, running included, makes me a better person both inside and out. If that means waking up early to fit in a workout, so be it. Fortunately, I have a very supportive husband and the flexibility to work from home. Plus, my daughter thinks mommy running is “SO COOL!”

What does running mean to you?
Running means strength. It changed my life because it gave me a passion that impacts me positively every day. It surprised me because I never knew my body could do things like run for 2 hours straight. I can’t say it enough – running helps me appreciate my body for what it can DO over what it looks like.

Susan Ito
Susan

Susan Ito

California, USA
Blog Food Food Body Body | Twitter: @foodiemcbody

What does running mean to you?
I will always be grateful to running as my “gateway” sport that helped me get off the couch, feel good about myself, and feel that fitness goals were indeed attainable. Yes, it definitely changed my life and how I feel about myself. Beforehand I felt like a bona fide couch potato and that sports and fitness were just not “for me.” Now I feel like anything is possible if i decided to do it. I was especially surprised to be able to run 5ks, 10ks and half marathons after turning 50 years old.

How do you feel during a run?
It is amazing to me how different runs can feel, even in the same week! Sometimes they are painful, exhausting and make me want to cry. I think about how insane it is that I am trying to do it. Sometimes they feel effortless, painfree and wonderful. Usually I am very very glad that I went out, no matter how short or long, or how it felt during.

Momo
Momo

Momo

Arizona, USA
Blog Momo | Twitter @MomMelisa

Tell us about your running history
Prior to 1998, I had never run more than three or four miles at a time. A friend of mine asked me if I wanted to run a 10k with her and I agreed. I ended up finishing the race and getting completely hooked on running. Soon after, I found a program that trained beginning runners to run a marathon and I ran my first marathon that same year. I have always been of the “more is better” mentality, hence the reason I never ran another 10k until a few years ago. What I am realizing as I get older, however, is that “less is actually more”. I have been running shorter distances and shorter races, having more fun doing so, and, in the process, I have been able to stay healthy and injury free.

What does running mean to you?
Running is a big part who I am today. I’ve often wondered what I would do if I could not run and I pray I never have to find out. Running has made me strong, it has given me a place to think and work through things that are happening in my life, it has introduced me to people that I am certain will be in my life forever and it has allowed me to see incredible places that I might not otherwise ever have seen. I am so thankful for that! And yes, a bit surprised. The plain and simple fact is that running just makes happy, and I intend to keep doing it for as long as I can.

Tina Haupert
Tina Haupert

Tina Haupert

Arizona, USA
Blog Carrots N Cake | Twitter @carrotsncake | Book

Tell us about your running history…
Like most beginner runners, I started out running only a mile or two at a time—and it was tough! I got side stitches, took walking breaks, and experienced plenty of frustration. Running long distances is not easy! But I kept with it and pushed myself to run farther each time I went out for a run. Over time, I worked my way up to three miles, then five miles, and before I knew it, I was training for a half-marathon. (It took me a couple of years after that to commit to a full marathon.) Like I said, running long distances is not easy!

What does running mean to you?
I love running, and it has played an important role in building my self-confidence with regard to achieving my goals and accomplishing just about anything that I set my mind to– with running, CrossFit, and just about anything else in life. For instance, when I started training for my first marathon, I honestly didn’t think I could run 26.2 miles. A year later, I had two marathons under my belt! I’m still surprised!

Monica from RunEatRepeat.com
Monica

Monica

California, USA
Blog Run Eat Repeat | Twitter: @RunEatRepeat

How did you “discover” running?
After high school I wanted to lose weight and started walking. That got boring after a few months and one day I just started running. I’m kinda like Forest Gump where I just felt like running!

What’s your favourite fuel for running?
Before a run I usually eat peanut butter toast and iced coffee. During runs I take along Gatorade and a few gels. A proper run should always be followed by proper refueling within 30 minutes so I try to eat right away. At some point in the day I sneak off to get frozen yogurt – that’s why I run.

Thanks again to all our Half Marathon Superstars! You can meet the next 6 runners next Monday. If you’re keen to get running too, join us for our self-paced Half Marathon course or June 5K and 10K courses. All with kickass training plans, inspiring content and unlimited coaching support, we’ll help you on your way to running Superstardom too!

  1. RunEatRepeat
    Half Marathons are the best! Thank you for including me :)
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