Welcome To The Streaking Runner!

The Streaking RunnerHi!  My name is Judy Mick, also known as The Streaking Runner.  More about my name later!  I am passionate about running and helping runners to stay runners for life.  So many runners start a running program and quit for some reason or another – I want to help them get started correctly and keep running for life!

Throughout the years I’ve run numerous races at all distances.  As I’ve grown older, though, I find myself running the longer distances - marathons and half-marathons.  And, I always plan a race in Florida during January or February to get out of the cold!

I started running in college (around 1978) to basically try to stay in shape (you know, beer and pizza at all hours).  There was also a secondary reason.  My best friend and roommate was trying to catch the eye of a member of the cross country team.  Well, it worked on all counts, she married the runner and I’m still running!

My main claim to fame is that I have not missed a day of running since November 20 1985!   Thus the name:  The Streaking Runner.  I absolutely love running and I know that it has kept me healthy all these years – and probably more sane!

In this blog, we’ll be talking about many different aspects of running – from staying overall fit, proper clothes, shoes, fun races, continuing to run as you get older, etc.  Feel free to comment to let me know anything you’d like to see.

I’m also a firm believer in positive attitude and motivation.  Positive attitude can make all the difference in all area of life – including running!

If you’re a Facebook or Twitter user, I’d love for you to connect with me there!  Just click on the link to get to my Facebook Fan Page (and please “like” me while you’re there) and to follow me on Twitter!  I’d love to keep in touch!

I also am a published author on Amazon.  You can view my author page at: http://judyruns.com/authorpage

Another thing that I’m extremely excited about is that I’m an RRCA Certified Running Coach.  I want to help new runners get started correctly and help them to achieve their goals.

You can also email me at:  judy@thestreakingrunner.com

Run Happy!

 

With Marathon Training You Just Never Know

marathon trainingCurrently I’m in the process of training for the Outer Banks Marathon in November.  I’m looking forward to it because I haven’t been able to run a marathon in 7 years.  This has been due to family “stuff” – Mom’s illnesses, Daddy passing away, Hubby’s surgeries, etc.  But, this is the year to get back on track!

I picked the Outer Banks Marathon for a couple of reasons.  First of all, I love the beach.  I love running in a beach area – and I just love sitting watching (and listening) to the ocean.  I know that I’m a little boring – but, I absolutely love to just sit on a balcony overlooking the ocean and reading a good book. Yep, how exciting am I!  :-)

The other reason reason was so I could get most of my training done during nice weather.  As I get older – I hate colder weather.  Period.  I used to do a marathon in Florida in January or February – but, I’ve cut them back to a half.  It’s a mental thing – but, it’s easier for me to do 13 miles in the cold while training rather than 20-22.

(But, yes, I am heading back to Key West for Half Marathon in January.  That race is a keeper on my calendar!)

So, here I am in the midst of training.  Have you ever trained for a marathon?  Sometimes, training gets a little hinky.  This year, I was building up my long runs one mile to two miles at a time each week – just as I always did.  One week, it was all I could do to get through my 14 miler – even though the week before I got through a 14 with flying colors.

I decided to do what some coaches (and Bill Rodgers) say and decided to back off every 4th week.  My long run the next week was 10 that went fine.  The next week – 15 went great!  Absolutely felt super.

Aha, my new plan is working.

Two weeks ago, it was my back off week again and I went out for 10 miles.  Felt not so great.  The next week – 18 with no problem – and feeling great.  Go figure.

Marathon training is interesting.  You just never know.  But, if you do have a bad run – just shake it off. There’s always another day and a better run!

Run Happy!

Judy

 

 

The 3 Stages Of A Runner

Judy MickThe other day I was talking with a runner who is just getting started with their running program.  I love talking to newbie runners!  They are so excited!

Our chat got me to thinking about something.  There are basically 3 stages that runners go through.  See if you agree with me.

The first stage is the beginning runner.  During this stage you are so excited about your running.  You tell everyone who will listen (and even those that don’t :-)) about your running.   If you’ve been wanting to shed a few pounds – you find that they go away.  You are just feeling wonderful.

Then, the second stage comes around.  This is the stage where you may hit a plateau.  If you’ve been losing weight – it stops happening.  It’s getting harder and harder to motivate yourself to head out the door for your runs.  You may even skip some of your scheduled runs.  It’s harder and harder to find running motivation.  During this period – it is so crucial to push yourself to get your runs in.  If not, you could actually stop running altogether.

When you make it through the tough second stage – then life is good!   Your running becomes a part of you and you can’t imagine that you were ever thinking about quitting.  During this stage you know that nothing is going to keep you from running each day.  And, you know that you are going to keep on running for life.

How about you?  Which stage are you in?  If you’re in the second stage – hang in there.  Get motivated again.  Remember the reasons you started running in the first place.

Here’s an article that I wrote to help runners when they go through a period of lacking in motivation:  http://ezinearticles.com7505775  All runners go through a time like that.  The important thing is to push yourself through it!

Run Happy!

Judy

P.S.  If you would like the additional motivation that a running coach can give you – please contact me at judy@thestreakingrunner.com or check out my coaching site at http://runhappycoaching.com

 

Peeing Behind The Tree And Other Things Runners Do

Crazy Things Runners DoRunners are such a funny bunch.  You know that we are.  When we lace up our running shoes, we do things that we would absolutely never do in our “other” life.

You know what I mean.  For example.  You’re 12 miles into a 20 mile run.  You’re at least 2 miles from the nearest convenience store, fast food restaurant or park.  And, you need to go to the bathroom.  BAD!  What do you do?

If you happen to be on a road with few houses and some trees – I know exactly what you will do.  You know how I know?  I’ve done it myself.  And, I bet that you have, also.  If you have to go really bad, you see a pretty wide tree, there’s no house very close……..you will go behind that tree to relieve yourself.  And, such sweet relief it is!

And, I have to admit this – but, I’ve not waited for a tree.  I shouldn’t say this – but, we’re all friends, right?  A few times (OK, and just last week), I was nowhere near a place to stop and had to go.  So, I stooped down, pretended to fool around with my shoe laces, discreetly moved aside the liner of my shorts and let it fly!   I don’t think anyone saw me – no cars went by and no one came flying out of their houses………..  Did I feel better!

Now, I know that the non-runners and possibly the beginning runners reading this are going, “No way, I would never do that”.  Well, I’m here to tell you that you certainly would. And, would never think twice about it.

Would you rather run for miles in misery – or go behind a tree and feel better then.  Don’t judge until you’ve been there!  :-)

Then, there’s the ever lovely running nose.  It’s like the inside of your head is sweating and coming right out your nostrils.  That’s when we do the ever popular (and aptly named) snot rockets.  You know – hold one side of your nose while you blow out the other.  Yes, it’s another thing that runners do.

Side note here – beware if you are running behind someone in a race and see them raise their arm toward their nose.  Chances are you may be in the line of fire!

Now we come to spitting.  Another thing that I have to admit that I’ve done.  I’m not going to go into all the reasons why you feel the need to spit – but, you do.  And, when you do you need to be nice about it if you are running with others or in a race.  Move to the side of the road.  Like snot rockets – it’s not nice to spit on others!

There’s something that happens when we put on our running shoes.  We’re still polite to others, we wave to other runners or walkers – we’re really a good group.  But, it’s like we have another persona that we assume when we’re out there on the road.

For good or bad – we runners will do things that we would never do in our everyday life.  I’m pretty sure that you regular runners reading this would never think about spitting or shooting a snot rocket while you are walking down the street.  Nor, do I believe that you would stop in your business suit to relieve yourself behind a telephone pole.

But, put us in a pair of running shorts and all bets are off!

How about you?  Have you ever done anything on the run that you’d never do in “real life”?  Please leave a comment and let me know!  I can’t wait to hear!

Run Happy!

Judy

 

Interviews With Awesome Runners – Robert Raven Craft

Raven RunIt’s time for another interview with a totally incredible runner.  Today we learn more about Robert Raven Craft!

I really enjoyed reading about him – and I’m sure that you will, too!  He’s been out on the road (or, I should say the sand) for quite a while – and is a total inspiration!

Also, check out his site at http://ravenrun.net.

Let’s get on with the interview!

 

  1. How long have you been running?

          I’ve been running since 1972.  Everyday since Jan.1st, 1975

2.  How many days a week do you run?

          7 days a week.

3.  How many hours a week do you work?

          I ‘m a songwriter. I create my songs at night.

4.  What time of day do you prefer to run?

           5:30pm daylight savings time. 4:15pm eastern standard time

5.  How many miles a week do you typically run?

            56-57 miles per week

6.  Do you ever have problems fitting your running in with your schedule? How do you deal with any problems?

          Not really.  I been doing this so long that I work my daily routine around it. But there are times I get nervous to get back to the beach, cause people run with me and I don’t want to let them down.  But there were a couple close calls to make it at 530pm.

7.  How did you get started running?

          I got started running in the early 70’s after coming back from Nashville TN. and someone stole a song I wrote.  I ran into some boxers from the5th street gym where Ali trained and they invited me to join them on their road work.  The rest is history.

8.  What was your best run ever?

          March 29th 2009. 100,000 miles ESPN filming me for Sports Center. Police escort, key to the city and 280 runners. WOW unforgettable!

9.  Do you have any running quirks? What are they?

          I run with one black glove for power and always wear black.  Never a shirt either. I ‘m in Florida but there are cold days.

10.  Do you have a favorite place to run? Where is it?

          I run only on the South Beach on the sand. 8 miles is like 10 miles.

11.  Do you have a favorite race? What race is it?

          I don’t pay to run. I’ve been running before races and don’t do races or believe in running on cement.

12.  If you could run anywhere in the world where would it be?

          I wouldn’t want to run anywhere but here. Everyday is a vacation.

13.  Do you have a dream race that you’d like to run?

          My dream is to keep running right here as long as God lets me.

14.  Have you ever been injured? What was it? How did you deal with it?

          Injured from my hair to my toes and nearly everything in between.  I suffer and as I got older pain pills.  Suck it up and pray a lot.

15.  Do you have any running goals? What are they? (If you don’t mind sharing)

          Tomorrow, then 116,000 miles in Sept. My birthday, Oct.17th and the big one – 40 years Dec.31st.

16.  Do you prefer to run with others or do you prefer to run alone?

          I always run with people. Twice in 15 years I’ve run alone.

17.  Do you have a running hero? Can be living or not.

          Myself.  Speed don’t impress me anymore.  But only I know what I went thorough to do what I did.  Please understand I’m not meaning to be arrogant or egotistical.

18.  What is the most extreme conditions that you’ve ever run in?

          Oct .15th 1999. Hurricane Irene 86 mph. winds and I wasn’t alone. 3 other crazies joined me cause they knew I‘d be there and April 24th 1994 when hit with golfball size hail after suffering from food poising the night before.

19.  What one thing will you absolutely not run without?

          Shoes. I used to be able to run barefoot but my feet hurt to much now and of course my black glove

20.  What 3 words would you use to describe your running?

          Endurance Dedication Insanity

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Thanks, Raven, for sharing with us!  And, the next time I find myself in South Beach – I’ll be sure to join in on that 8 miles!

 

Remember, if you’d like to let us all know more about you and your running – please drop me a note at judy@thestreakingrunner.com

Run Happy!

Judy

And, Then You Get Your MoJo Back!

Running MojoIn my last post I talked about a not so good long run that I had.  In case you missed it, here’s the link:  http://www.thestreakingrunner.com/runs-great-ones/

Now, I’ve been running long enough to know that we all have those runs.  And, I also know that the run is always better the next day.  But, when your “bad day” happens on your long run – you can get a little weird when your next long run pops up on your schedule.

Wednesday was my scheduled long run.  It was another 4:00 wake up – and it was 63 degrees and 94% humidity.  Out the door I went.

The first 3-4 miles, I took it a little slowly.  Probably a littler slower than I wanted.  But, it was still dark and I always seem to run slower when it is.

Then, the sun started coming up – and I was feeling good.  Made it through 14 scheduled miles with no problem.  In fact, my last mile was considerably faster than any mile I had run previously!  I always love when that happens.

Moral of the story…….bad runs happen.  You just need to shake them off – and don’t let them interfere with your future runs.  I know that it is easier said than done.  But, I wanted to follow up my bad run post with a positive one, so that you know that it’s true.  And, to help you when those bad days happen and those little negative voices in your head start talking.

Running is really a mental sport!

Run Happy!

Judy

Not All Runs Are Great Ones!

Bad runsIf you follow runners on FaceBook, you probably think that everyone has a great run day in and day out.  I will also admit – that I am one of those that say that my runs are great.  And, truthfully, most of them are. But, ask anyone who has been running for any amount of time at all and they will tell you – not all runs are great ones!

Last week that was true of one of my long runs.

I’m in the process of training for the first marathon that I’ve done for about 4-5 years now.  My longest run scheduled for the week was 14 miles.  I’d done 14 the week before and my 12′s the last couple of weeks before went great.  (Actually, they did!).

This day – not so much.  I had to work at our restaurant that day – so, I got up at 4:15 to be on the road by 5:00.  (I’d been doing this for the last month).  First 10 miles went fine – then………

It was all I could do to put one foot in front of the other.  Started heading back to the house to cut it short with 12.2 miles.  This is also how you know that I wasn’t feeling good.  I always stop my runs at the exact mile.  I know…..I’m weird. Anyway, got back home – sat down for a minute and decided that I wasn’t going to quit until I got my run done.

I pulled up my big girl panties and head back out the door for another 1.8 miles so that I could get in my 14 that I had scheduled.  It wasn’t pretty – but I got it done.  I just couldn’t rest knowing that I didn’t get done what I had planned to do.

I’m still now sure why the run went so badly.  I had my handheld with me – so, hydration shouldn’t have been a problem.  But, I still felt kinda puny the rest of the day.  Luckily, I was on my feet all day at work – so, I got to work out the kinks.

As I’m talking about my run to my hubby – I told him that I couldn’t understand why it went so wrong.  He said that I’d been on my feet 12-14 hours a day at our restaurant for about the last month.  I replied that it shouldn’t have been that – as I used to work that much – and actually ran to work once or twice a week in the past.  (Yes, he put in a shower for me in the back!)

Then, he said it.  “Well, you know, you’re not as young……..”  I stopped him before he could finish it – and before I slapped him!  :-)  It may be true – but, I didn’t need to hear it!

I can’t wait to go out for my 14 miler again this week.  I just know it’s going to rock!  Don’t you?

Run Happy!

Judy

Running Gear – Review of R-Gear Come To Grips Bottle

Hand held hydration for runnersThis summer has been a quest to find the perfect hand held water bottle.  I don’t like the wear things around my waist when I run and I don’t want a back pack.  I also want a hand held that keeps me with aa natural arm swing.  Yes, I’m a little picky, but that’s what I’ve been looking for.

I really liked the FuelBelt Spring 10-Ounce Palm Holder - but for longer runs, I was needing to refill it often. This has been especially true this summer as it’s been really hot and humid.  I still like this bottle and use it on my mid-length runs or when I’m doing fartleks.

I tried a 20 ounce bottle that I really liked – but, after my first 2+ hour run with it – it really didn’t make me happy.  I put ice and water in my bottle and freeze it for about an hour before I head out for my long run. The bigger bottle that I was using seemed to sweat a lot – which in turn made my hand wrinkly.  It also didn’t seem to keep my water cold for very long.

So, the hunt continued!

Then, I ordered another 20-ouncer (actually it’s 21 ounce) – the R-Gear Come To Grips Bottle.  I’ve used this bottle on 2 different 2+ hour runs and I love it!   The first time I used it – I did my usual routine.  Filled it with ice cubes, put in water and put it in the freezer for about 45 minutes.

Headed out for my run.

Immediately I noticed that my hand was not frozen and getting wrinkly from my bottle.  This is due to the “Cool-It Bottle which is BPA-Free with insulated, double wall construction, keeping beverages cold twice as long”.   Usually hype when buying something – but, this time it’s true.  The insulation rocks!  Could be because it’s made by Camelbak for Road Runner Sports.

And, I was out on the road for over 2 hours and my water was cold the whole time!

Another thing that I really liked with this bottle over the other hand helds is how you drink.  The other bottles that I’ve tried have the pop up valve.  The R-Gear Come To Grips Bottle has a nice little valve that you twist to drink out of.  No more accidents from not getting the valve completely closed.

The R-Gear Come To Grips Bottle features an adjustable cinch strap that fits to your hand.  I do need to wrap the strap a few times to keep it from slipping – but, once I do – it’s good for the whole run.

The bottle also features a zippered pocket that is good for keys or gels for those long runs.

Overall, I am perfectly thrilled with the R-Gear Come To Grips Bottle.  I believe that I’ve found a hand held that makes me truly happy!

Run Happy!

Judy

P.S.  If you’ve been looking for a good hand held hydration bottle – I highly recommend you try it.  You can find it at http://judyruns.com/rrshandheld

 

 

 

Another Important Thing To Have For Summer Running

RoadIDI’ll admit it – I love Summer Running!  Yes, I know that I’m weird - but, I do love it.  Besides the fact that I just love warmer weather than cold weather – running in the summer is just easier logistically. There’s no major calculations that you have to do before you head out.  How long am I planning to be gone?  What’s the temperature now?   What’s the temperature going to be at the end of my run?  Add 10 degrees to the temp to make sure I’m not over dressed…………… You see what I mean.

Summer running is great.  A limited amount of clothes and you’re off.  No brain boggling plans.  (And, we won’t even go into how much easier it is to pack for a trip!)

Anyway, you get the idea.  I’m a summer runner.

But, I do know that you also have to be smart with running in the summer.  A few posts ago – we discussed how important staying properly hydrated is to running in the warmer weather.  Here’s a link to that post, in case you missed it:  http://www.thestreakingrunner.com/tips-summer-running-dont-forget-hydration/

Road-ID

Also, important is carrying a form of identification with you.  I’m a minimalist runner – so, I don’t carry a fanny pack, a phone, etc. when I run.  However, I do know the importance of having ID on me.  So, for years, I’ve used RoadID.  My first RoadID was one that fastened by Velcro onto my running shoe.  It worked great – and made my hubby feel much better about me being out on the roads for 2-3 hours at a time.

I love the story of how RoadID was founded.  Here’s the story – in case you’ve never heard it.

The founder of RoadID  was in college and training for his first marathon.  His Dad was worried about his safety and said that he should carry ID (Sound familiar – sounds like my hubby) so that he could be notified if there was an accident.  He totally dismissed his suggestion.

A few days later he was almost hit by a truck and ended up standing in a roadside ditch on a country road.  That made him think twice about what his dad had to say.

Later that year, he and his dad launched RoadID from their basement.  Since, then, there have been many people who have said that their RoadID has saved their lives.

RoadID

I still have my shoe ID.  But, the one that I wear most of the time is a slim band for my wrist.  (Oh, yeah – it’s a pretty pink!)   The personal identification that you carry should include:  your name, your emergency contact, their phone number (depending on what time you usually run – you many include their work number, cell, etc), any medical conditions you have, any allergies you have and possibly your primary care physician.  On my ID is my name, my husband’s name and his cell phone number and our address.

You can even personalize it more by adding new “badges” that they have to clip onto the band beside your main ID info.

RoadID keeps up with the times.  They have an interactive app now that your loved one can be alerted if you stop moving for a certain period of time.

I highly suggest that you check out RoadID.  It’s a great way to carry your ID with you – easily and conveniently!  It’s great to have for running in all seasons – and even in races.  Whenever I head out to run – my RoadID is with me.  And, it makes my hubby a happy camper!  Check them out at: http://judyruns.com/RoadID.

Run Happy!

Judy

 

 

 

 

http://judyruns.com/roadid

First Time Races Can Be A Challenge – But, Fun!

The GreenbrierOn Monday, I ran a first time race.  My Mom still lives in the town where I grew up and as most of you know, I go there 2-3 days a week to take care of things for her.

Well, Monday morning kicked off the PGA tournament at The Greenbrier – which is 10 miles away from our house.  It was a 5K and was a benefit run for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  The race was to run around the grounds of the resort.  I’m in no way or form in 5K shape – but, I thought – why not run it!

It is a first time race (always fun to say that you race the first time race somewhere) and I knew that the course would be scenic – so I signed up.

During the PGA Tournament, you are not allowed to go directly to the Greenbrier.  You have to park elsewhere and be bussed onto the grounds.  So, the packet pick up/registration was in the parking lot where you had to park.  (Only race day packet pick up)  No problems.

There are port-a-potties at the parking lot – but, registration was an hour and a half before race start.  I asked the person in charge if there were bathrooms at the start.  “Good question.  I don’t know”.  OK, first problem.

Is there a gear check at the start?  “I don’t know.”  This is from the supposed person in charge.

Decided not to chance a gear check and just got on the bus.

After the bus dropped us off – we meandered to where we thought the start was.  The race started at the Springhouse (pictured above).  The start was on the path “between the 2 cones”.  We did find a bathroom in the building that houses the indoor tennis courts.  So, no problem there.  Plus, there was a water fountain in this building – which was good since there was none at the start.

The race started on time precisely at 9:00.  The path that the race started on was a little jumbled – good thing there was only about 100 runners.  They want to double the runners next year – if so, the start will probably need to change.

The Greenbrier

 

The race course itself was beautiful.  We ran by the front and then out around the paths of the golf course. We ran down a path by the creek and by some of the grand houses there.  It really was a beautiful place to run.

Next glitch was no food at the finish.  Nothing but water.  Someone asked one of the race officials and they said that The Greenbrier was supposed to supply some snacks.  The ball was dropped somewhere because there was nothing.  During the awards, someone dropped off some boxes of granola bars (in the boxes in the case).  Nobody really knew if we should dig into them or not.  Plus, many people had already left.

This was a nice race overall – with a few little things that need to be tweaked.  Mile markers along the course, food at the finish and awards.  Age groups went only 2 deep and 50+ was the highest it went.  But, these things can be worked out.

Hopefully, this race will be back – and the glitches worked out.  It was a beautiful course – not everyone gets to run around The Greenbrier!

Run Happy!

Judy

 

 

 

 

Our Next Awesome Runner Interview – Lauren Estilow

Lauren EstilowIt’s time for another interview with a totally awesome runner.  Today we get to learn more about Lauren Estilow.  Lauren is a fellow streaker and has been running as long as I have.  As I read about her – I found that we also have much in common!

Here’s Lauren!

1. How long have you been running?  I’ve been running since May, 1975. My Running Streak started on October 15, 1999.

2. How many days per week do you run?  I run everyday, I’m a Streaker!

3.  How many hours do you work each week?  I don’t have a job outside of taking care of my family, which is round the clock! I have a Special Needs daughter still living at home, I must be home when she is at home.

4. What time of day do you run?  I run in the mornings as soon as my daughter gets on the school bus. I’ve always been a morning person, anyway. It’s the best time of the day to run, before life gets in the way and possibly interferes with your run! When she is not in school I run before she’s up, starting at 5 am if it’s a long run day.

5. How many miles each week do you typically run?  If I don’t run at least 60 miles per week, I’m cranky!

6. Do you ever have problems fitting your running in with your schedule? How do you deal with any problems?  No. No matter what my plans are, I get up early enough to get my run completed. I’m always training for the next race, and I am very serious and competitive in my racing. If I have to get up in the middle of the night, then that’s what I’ll do. Training is high on my priority list.

7. How did you start running?  My planned career as a professional ballet dancer was sidetracked when I required knee surgery, and the prestigious ballet school that had awarded me a full scholarship rescinded the scholarship when I had my surgery. A month later, all healed up, I needed  to find a replacement for the intense six days a week I spent at ballet, which at that level is similar to running a hard half marathon every class. My mom suggested I take our rambunctious, young Labrador Retriever out running, and I was hooked.

8. What was your best run ever?  So many great runs, but my most successful race was a Broad Street Run 10 mile race, which I ran in 1:06:10. Many years ago! Can’t run that pace anymore, but I still am competitive in my age group, so I’m happy.

9. Do you have any running quirks?  What are they?  Only one- my running shoes must be lined up perfectly, all in a row.

10. Do you have a favorite place to run?  Where is it?  Living near Philadelphia, I am lucky to have many options. On Sundays, you can usually find me running on Kelly Drive, one of the most beautiful places in the city. It’s along the Schuylkill River, with artwork, bridges, and rowers to watch.

11. Do you have a favorite race?  What is it?  Philadelphia Marathon and Rock and Roll Philly!

12. If you could run anywhere in the world – where would it be?   It’s not so much where I’m running, but who I’m with. I ran alone for 36 years, now I have a fantastic group of friends that I run with, and as long as I’m having fun with them, I don’t care where we run! We run throughout Philadelphia every Sunday, it’s always an adventure!

13. Do you have a dream race that you’d like to run?  Chicago or London Marathons or Half’s.

14.  Have you ever been injured?  What was it?  How did you deal with it?  I’ve had many over 39 years. ITB, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, hamstring issues, probably some more that I’ve forgotten about! Luckily, I’ve been able to run through every injury. There may come a day when I have an injury serious enough to end my Streak, but I will try to be thankful that my Streak lasted as long as it did. And then I’ll be back at it! I am an eternal optimist!

15. Do you have any running goals?  What are they?  (If you don’t mind sharing)  Two goals – to BQ again, I qualified when I was younger, but had to skip Boston due to raising a medically fragile child. Also, to keep training hard, and having fun. Because that’s what’s important!

16. Do you prefer to run alone or with others?  I run alone 5-6 days a week, and I enjoy my time alone with my thoughts, listening to great music. But whenever I can, I love to run with friends, it’s like having a running party! We make it fun!

17. Do you have a running hero?  Can be living or not?   Every runner to me is a hero, for getting out there. We all have different goals, and lifestyles, and whether you run 20 miles a week, or 100, you’re a hero to me.

18. What is the most extreme conditions that you’ve ever run in?  Running in Lake Placid in a blizzard. Minus 10 degrees, and falling snow so thick my eyelashes kept getting coated and I couldn’t see!

19.  What is one thing that you will absolutely not run without?   My running shoes, and a piece of Big Red gum for a mid run treat!

20.  What 3 words would you use to describe your running?  Running’s my passion!

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Thanks, Lauren, for sharing!  I was in a business meeting in Philly several years ago.  A couple of guys that were with us also were runners.  We got up early one morning to run to the “Rocky steps”!  We did our best Rocky imitation when we got to the top!

I hope that everyone enjoyed learning about Lauren.  Remember, if you’d like to share your story – just drop me a line at judy@thestreakingrunner.com.  I’d love to have some more interviews – and everyone would love to read about you!

Run Happy!
Judy