It’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!
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was sidetracked when I required knee surgery, and the prestigious ballet school that had awarded me a full scholarship rescinded the scholarship when I had my surgery.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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to have some more interviews – and everyone would love to read about you!