This week's runner of the week is Stephanie C. from Drogheda, Ireland. She's a full-time student, part time assistant and an active musician. She's also a runner! We are inspired by Stephanie because she always tweets about her workouts through her WalkJogRun training diary. We've learned that the 10k is her favorite distance to run. She's very committed to her running and always finds the time to fit in her runs.
Favorite Candy: I can't resist a KitKat Chunky Peanut Butter! They were only a limited edition but they were the best! I hope they make them again! (hint!) :)
Favorite Quote: “I choose to live, not just exist” -James Hetfield, lead singer of Metallica, one of my all time favorite bands! It reminds me to live life to the fullest and to do what makes me happy and to follow my heart, wherever my path may go
WalkJogRun: Tell us about yourself and how you got started running!
Stephanie C.: I started running properly about 4 years ago, I was keen to lose about a stone and half in weight, I just got addicted to running from there! I found it [helped me] de-stress and made me feel so much better about myself! It's a great way to take a breather from the books, just head out and run! I come back to the studying with a clearer head! In 2012 I have become more focused on running and as part of my New Years Resolution. I have promised myself to be more active, hence why I have only started keeping track of my running online since January!
WalkJogRun: What helps keep you motivated to run?
Stephanie C.: The results! I like being trimmer, I like having tone in my legs, I also like being able to run. Staying physically fit means a lot to me! I have found more recently that keeping the online diary with WalkJogRun is really motivating! The feedback I get on Facebook every time I share a diary entry is great, my friends get behind me and support me with their comments and likes! I find that motivating! Also the fact you guys at WalkJogRun on Twitter actually reply every time I tweet a a session, it's really nice to get a tweet, everything helps!
WalkJogRun: Tell us a bit about your racing history and what are you training for, if anything?
Stephanie C.: I haven't done any racing but I do take part in the Flora Women's Mini Marathon in Dublin every year without fail, this year will be my 8th time taking part! It's a great day out and I like the fact everyone raises money for their charity of choice, it's not just about the fitness, it's about a cause greater than yourself. This year I'm running for Irish Autism Action as I met a little boy recently with autism who touched me, he is the sweetest child and I felt I should give something back to the great charities that help children like him and their families so much. Every charity is a great charity! My training is always focused on the Women's Mini Marathon, even though it's all about the causes, I do see the event as a little personal challenge! I also run in the Boyne 10k, a new lovely 10k route around Drogheda, my local town. Someday I'd love to run a real marathon! The furthest I've run in one go was 16 miles, I would love to train for a full marathon, perhaps next year!
WalkJogRun: How much are you running per week?
Stephanie C.: I run about 30-40 ks a week. I'd love to get out more! As a student holding down a part-time job, i do find it tough making the hours to get outside and run. Now that the clocks have gone forward and the evenings are brighter for longer, it's safe for me to run after college hours!
If you'd like to nominate yourself or another runner to be the “Runner of the Week,” please visit the details page here. We have a text chat training Q&A with Coach Jenny on Friday. If you'd like to attend be sure to set yourself an email reminder!