This week's runner of the week is Brianna L. from Lubbock, Texas. She's a college student who fits her runs in between classes! She loves using the WalkJogRun GPS app to track her workouts.
Favorite Candy: I'm a sucker for anything chocolate! I've tried to get myself into dark chocolate to help reduce the calories, sugar, and fat that milk chocolate brings, but it's just not the same.
Favorite Quote: “If I fall eight times, I shall rise nine.” [It] describes every aspect of my life perfectly.
WalkJogRun: Tell us about yourself and how you got started running!
Brianna L.: I started running in the sixth grade during athletics, and it was one of those things where if I was going to be forced to run, I would make sure I was the best at it. I found myself an upperclassmen to run with during the period, and we would always be the first ones to cross that finish line. This lead to running track for six years, cross country for two years, and leisure running after graduation. I never considered myself a runner, and actually, I claim to hate it to this day. But if you ask anyone they will tell you I am a runner through and through.
WalkJogRun: What helps keep you motivated to run?
Brianna L.: My stress motivates me to run as well as my desire to stay fit. If I have a hard day or get into a fight with my family or friends, I turn to running. Pushing to see how far I can go, how long I can fight the desire to quit, helps me prove to myself how strong I can be and always helps me get through a stressful day. It is also the best calorie-burning workout you will find, helping me offset all the fast food that comes with college life.
Tell us a bit about your racing history and about your training.
Brianna L.: My racing history is mostly school related. Ten cross country meets a year, along with ten to fifteen track meets, equal a lot of races. And my training reflected that. Being the long distance runner I was, I had the pleasure of getting up early every morning to go workout (lucky me) as well as working out with the normal athletic classes after school (again, lucky me). Because I also played basketball, that season always cut my two running seasons in half, and I lost a lot of training time because of it; but my quickness improved because of all the stop-and-go work that comes with basketball. Since graduation a year ago, my training has taken a backseat, but I am gearing up to begin training for a half marathon in about a month. This will mark the beginning of my post-high school career!
WalkJogRun: How much are you running per week? How many would you like to be running?
Brianna L.: I try to run 4-5 times a week, which is about twelve to fifteen miles. I'm hoping to reach twenty-five to thirty in the next three months and thirty-five to forty in the next six!
WalkJogRun: What's your favorite distance to run?
Brianna L.: I'm a mile runner, have been since the sixth grade, but seeing as how that makes for a poor workout, I usually enjoy a challenging four-mile run.
WalkJogRun: What are your running goals?
Brianna L.: My main goal is to be the best runner I can be, which entails running a marathon! Before I graduate from Texas Tech, I plan to have two marathons under my belt as well as multiple half marathons.
WalkJogRun: Do you enjoy any other sports besides running?
Brianna L.: Basketball, basketball, basketball! I've played since the third grade, and it has always been a passion of mine! The physical contact as well as team aspect always gave me something running couldn't and helped me deal with long, grueling track seasons. The sprints from basketball help on my 800m time as well! Two birds, one stone.
WalkJogRun: Do you listen to music while running? If so, what are the top songs on your playlist right now?
Brianna L.: I do when I'm alone, it helps motivate me to keep going when I get tired! My top songs at the moment include Nirvana's “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and anything by Blink 182. Actually, anything 90s alternative is at the top of my playlist. There's something about that 90s angst that gets me pumped for a long run!
WalkJogRun: What's the best piece of advice you could offer another runner or a newbie runner?
Brianna L.: Don't give up! Rome wasn't built in a day and you won't be an endurance runner overnight. Also, don't compare yourself to others. Just because someone can run seven miles without stopping doesn't make you any less of a runner! If you stick with it, you will one day be that person that others admire! Just remember to start slow to prevent injuries, and never give up on yourself!
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