Here is the third in our series of interviews with some awesome runners. Today we learn about Erica Gorman. I’m jealous of her already as she lives in Hawaii! Everyone knows that my dream is to live in a tropical area where I never have to worry about winter running clothes again!
Erica is also a super busy person – who still manages to run everyday. Something else that I can relate to! Here’s Erica!
1. How long have you been running? Running has been a part of my life since my early years with soccer but then it was more of a “punishment” or a “necessity”. In college I took an aerobic running class as gym credits were required. I ran my first 5K that year and got interested but running fell to the wayside. My love of running was rekindled around 2006 and my commitment has been growing ever since!
2. How many days a week do you run? Everyday! Once I run later today it will mark running streak day 771. Today is 2/7/14.
3. How many hours a week do your work? I am a full-time employee for a local non-profit so I put in a solid 40 hours a week there. Add in blogging, etc. and I am a very busy lady!
4. What time of day do you prefer to run? Before work even if it is 4:00 am because it makes my afternoons less hectic. Although I have been failing miserably at getting up that early these past few weeks.
5. How many miles a week do you typically run? My goal is 40 miles a week. Typically I am around 35.
6. Do you ever have problems fitting your running in with your schedule? How do you deal with any problems? YES! I am at the crazy time of the year at work and my running “suffers”. I do what I need to do and accept my minimum days. My mileage cuts back drastically but it is better than no mileage.
7. How did you get started running? In college as a requirement with the added hope to lose those extra college pounds. It worked!
8. What was your best run ever? There are so many wonderful runs that are special in their own ways. Some of my highlights are the Kaua’i Half Marathon – it just felt very spiritual to run there. Then there was the time I had to run 20 miles on my home incline treadmill. That was a tough but fun run as every 30 minutes darling daughter would move a wash cloth from one stack to the next so she could see Mommy was getting there. And just this last summer in one of our final jogging stroller runs, I loaded her into the stroller with pool noodles and ran her to the pool in my Mom’s neighborhood. That was fun! Oh and we can not forget the jogging stroller run where we gained a new but used suitcase! Running back with that was funny.
9. Do you have any running quirks? What are they? Ironically I can’t think of any true quirks. How boring! I do make the sign of the cross and send a kiss up to my dad at every race finish though. I miss him dearly.
10. Do you have a favorite place to run? Where is it? Outside! Anywhere outside! I spend so much time on the treadmill since I run so early or after work with darling daughter at home. Being able to run outside is a real blessing.
11. Do you have a favorite race? What race is it? Honolulu Marathon is pretty special to me right now. I truly love the course and its energy and it doesn’t hurt that I have made some great PR’s there.
12. If you could run anywhere in the world where would it be? DISNEY! I want to do a Disney race one day. But then equally fun would be a family trip to Kaua’i to do the Kaua’i Marathon.
13. Do you have a dream race that you’d like to run? It seems I answered that.
14. Have you ever been injured? What was it? How did you deal with it? Yes. Ages ago but not really that long. I woke up with leg pain and never really figured out what I did to myself but somehow I tore something in my left hip. It took ages to really recover as I kept ignoring that my hips were out of alignment and needed to be readjusted. This was before my running streak so I didn’t run and worked my way through the pain. Seriously, I was in pain for years. I am pretty good now but my left hip can still get whiny at times. Yoga is helping with that!
15. Do you have any running goals? What are they? (If you don’t mind sharing) I want to break a 4:00 marathon now. My last marathon was in 4:10:18 so I think it is doable. I would love to run an ultra one day too but don’t know how I can find the time to do the proper training with everything that is on my plate.
16. Do you prefer to run with others or do you prefer to run alone? I typically run alone but sometimes I crave a run with my husband mainly for security. It just feels good knowing someone is there with you on those longer runs.
17. Do you have a running hero? Can be living or not. I don’t know if I really have any heroes but I do have those who inspire me. Dean Karnazes is pretty inspirational and I think he is lucky to be able to bring running into the minds of others. But those who really inspire me are the gals and guys out there everyday making running a part of their life when it isn’t their job. Shelly Cable inspired me to start my running streak so I can’t not mention her but she is one of many bloggers who are awesome to follow. The mutual respect and support is beyond amazing.
18. What is the most extreme conditions that you’ve ever run in? I live in Hawai’i. I don’t think we have extreme. But there was that one time as a kid I ran from a friend’s house down the street home when it was lightening outside. That really scared me and is making me miss Texas right now!
19. What one thing will you absolutely not run without? My phone. I won’t for many reasons – it is my music, my GPS, my sensor, but more importantly, it could be my lifeline…or someone elses. I am a mom and must keep safety as my number one priority.
20. What 3 words would you use to describe your running? Daily. Energizing. Cleansing.
I so appreciate everyone who has shared their stories that you will be reading about in the weeks to come. Remember, if you want to be included – just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org