In this blog post, Women's Health's RUN 10 FEED 10 Austin Action Hero Jayme Lamm shares how she got started running, and why it's important to her to choose races that give back to the community.
WalkJogRun: Why did you decide to sign up for the RUN 10 FEED 10 event?
Jayme Lamm: I'm a sucker for an adventure or race of any kind, especially those that give back to our local communities. These races are a great way to stay in shape, get together with friends and do something good for a change. I try and use these kinds of races as an excuse to combine all those very important things in my life. Not to mention, it seems every race I do, no matter the distance, I set out to be a positive and healthy example for others, but I'm often pleasantly surprised at the those who end up motivating me.
WalkJogRun: Why is it important for you to run the RUN 10 FEED 10?
Jayme Lamm: It may sound silly, but social media has a lot to do with it. Aside from the simple and very important fact of giving back and staying in shape, I try and lead by example. I hope that many of my friends, or even acquaintances on Twitter can see the kinds of races I'm doing, see that I'm having fun and making a difference and hopefully they'll want to join in on this race or upcoming races. Too often charities focus on things far away that we may not see or feel very often, but the RUN 10 FEED 10 race gives back within our local community – to me that is huge. I feel like I'm making an immediate difference right in my own backyard. With each race signup, 10 meals are provided to someone going hungry within the city of Austin – being able to help out so close to home while running in such a beautiful city – is there anything better than that on a Saturday morning?
WalkJogRun: Which event are you participating in?
Jayme Lamm: I'm a Women's Health Action Hero for the Austin, TX race on Saturday, October 13th.
WalkJogRun: How did you get started running?
Jayme Lamm: Although I run many races each year, I'm not a very good runner. I grew up playing softball and other sports and running was always my punishment. It's hard to remember how great of an athlete I was many years ago and get beat by 70-year-old women in half marathons, but it keeps me going and pushes me!
WalkJogRun: Are you a morning runner or an evening runner?
Jayme Lamm: I live in Texas! I try to run anytime the temperature drops below 100, which lately seems to be never!
WalkJogRun: Have you ever run a 10k before?
Jayme Lamm: Yes.
WalkJogRun: Did you start with a 5k before moving up to a 10k?
Jayme Lamm: Yes.
WalkJogRun: How has your training been going so far?
Jayme Lamm: I guess since I run pretty often, I'm not really training (which may or may not be a mistake). I tend to aim to run at least 20 miles a week varying speeds and distances. Every day is a little different for me, some days I feel like Forrest Gump and could keep on running and other days I'm gasping for air at a quarter mile.
WalkJogRun: What's something you've learned since you started running that could help other runners?
Jayme Lamm: I really do believe you get out of something what you put into it – as cliche as it may sound, if you set your mind to run x-number of miles a day or a particular speed, work hard and make it happen. You may not always get what you wish for, but you'll certainly always get what you work for.
WalkJogRun: Do you enjoy any other sports or cross training?
Jayme Lamm: Like I said, running is not my thing. I'd much rather run around a football field or play softball or play tennis. Running is hard for me – maybe that's why it's so high on the list of things I try to do daily.
WalkJogRun: What are your fitness goals?
Jayme Lamm: Just to run a good race and stay healthy – those are always my goals. I try to finish without stopping, I try to run with a smile the whole way (although whenever those photographers snap photos I always have a goofy face going on) and I try to beat my best time – the last one isn't nearly as important as the first two for me.
WalkJogRun: What are you excited for the most about the Women's Health RUN 10 FEED 10?
Jayme Lamm: Excited to meet a new group of men and women that have goals similar to mine.
WalkJogRun: Is there anything else you'd like to share?
Jayme Lamm: Well, after this little interview I guess I better go run. I'm feeling rather lazy sitting here on the computer after all this talk about running and training! One of my favorite sayings is “Wow, I really regret that workout.” – said no one, ever.
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