Twin Cities in Motion

20 Questions, Miles of Answers- Rachel Mike

posted on Wed, Apr 23 2014 9:59 am by TCM Staff

1. Name: Rachel Mike

3. City: Rosemount, MN

2. Age: 19

4. Profession: Nursing Student at Winona State University

5. When (or why) you started running: Most of my family runs so I have been on the sidelines of races almost my whole life. I have always wanted to be there next to them but just recently worked up the motivation to start seriously running. 

6. Best Run/Running Experience: Finishing my first 5 mile run after breaking my ankle 10 months earlier. Best feeling in the world!

7. Worst Run/Running Experience: I decided to go out for a run when I knew a snow storm was on its way. My route was a five mile loop around Lake Winona and the weather turned really cold and windy right around mile three so there was no turning back there. I just had to keep pushing through the conditions and it was awful haha

8. Dream Training Partner: Carrie Tollefson!... or if I could get all of my friends to run, that would be so much fun! (I have only been able to get a few to go on runs with me so far... I'm working on it!!!)

9. Training Shoe: Brooks!

10. Favorite Running Route: I have a six mile loop starting at the front door of my dorm and going around the beautiful lakes in Winona and then ending by making a loop around campus (I like showing off when I see my classmates haha)

11. Favorite time of Day to run: Between classes (usually around 11am).

12. Pre-Race Food: Usually nothing, but sometimes a banana  

13. Post-Race Food: Gatorade and an applesauce! (...and sometimes some ramen, typical college student!)

14. Favorite Running Accessory: My iPod! I love listening to music while I run but sometimes I listen to my professor's lectures instead. I feel like it helps me learn better!

15. Current or Future Goal: Finish my first marathon, Grandma's Marathon, in June and then hopefully go on to run many more!

16. Upcoming Race: A few fun 5k's with my friends, Med- City half marathon, all leading up to Grandma's in June.

17. Favorite non-running activities: Hanging out with my friends, hunting, fishing, water skiing. Basically anything that involves my friends and family!

18. Mode of Transportation: While I'm at college... my own two feet!

19. Pump up Music: COUNTRY! 

20. Advice for a Brand New Runner: Don't get discouraged when you have a bad run. Your next run could be the best one yet, you just need to give it time. Also don't expect to be able to run a marathon in your first week of training. Running takes a lot of time and effort so just stick with it :)

Check in on her training for her FIRST marathon on Twitter @raemike99!




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