20 Questions, Miles of Answers
Meet Marcie! Her dream training partner is her brother Rick. Although they live across the country from each other they stay connected through Garmin Connect and track each other's progress.
Marcie just recently finished her 10th marathon and beat her previous PR by almost 7 minutes! However, her ultimate goal is to qualify for the Boston Marathon. "I was there to cheer my brother to the finish line at the 2013 Boston Marathon and not surprisingly it changed me forever. I feel such a personal connection to that event and with my recent marathon performance, that goal is definitely within reach!" Who is your dream training partner? What are your current and future goals?
Meet Jennifer! Her dream training partner is her chiropractor, "because he's a great guy, he's not scared of my black toenails, and I have such a crush on him." This is also Jennifer's second year participating in the TC Ultra Summit Challenge. She loves how it keeps her running competitively throughout the winter months and she's looking forward for the arrival of spring to really start training for her next race in the TC Ultra Summit Challenge circuit, the Red, White & Boom! Half Marathon. Who is your dream training partner? What are your upcoming races?
Meet Jen! Her favorite running route includes Skyline Parkway. "I live in Duluth so skyline parkway is exactly one mile from my house, but this mile is a steep hill! So I start my run going up hill for an entire mile, then do the next 3 miles on skyline before going back downhill and home. Its a nice 8 mile run." What is your favorite running route?
Meet Brad! This TC Ultra Summit Challenge participant's pre-race food consists of "A double decker peanut butter and raspberry jelly sandwich. Heavy on the peanut butter." His worst running experience happened while training at Lake Calhoun "I ran in some pretty high temps and didn’t take it very seriously. I ran in non-approved running gear (cotton!) and ended up having a heat stroke. I’ve learned my lesson and encourage other runners to learn about running in cold or hot temperatures." Do you have a ritual pre-race food? What is your worst running experience?
Meet Leah! Leah's best running experiences have been all three of her Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon races. "I ran with some of my best friends, my dad, and met new runners along the way. And the course of TCM is gorgeous!" She also runs for a cause as part of the group NF Endurance; a group that runs to raise money and awareness for Neurofibromatosis.
When Leah isn't busy with life as a pre-med student at the University of Minnesota, she is probably trying out a new class or activity using Groupon or Living Social. What have been your best running experiences? Do you run for a cause? What are you favorite non-running activities?
Meet Jessica! Her dream running partner is her running partner and partner in crime Jenny. However, Dick Beardsley would work too! You can catch Jessica after a race chowing down on her post race bacon cheeseburger with all the fixings and a beer. Who is your dream training partner? What is your post race food?
Meet Sara! Sara had always wanted to be a runner but didn't end up starting until she and a friend signed up for a 'Learn to Run' class. "Ten years and many marathons later, we're both still running!" When (or why) did you start running? Who (or what) keeps you motivated to continue?
Meet Matt! Matt's current goals include, "...to beat my marathon time from two years ago. I would like to, and think I can, crack the four-hour mark. I was pretty close last time. But just as important, avoid injuries during my upcoming training." What are your current or future goals? Any advice for marathon training for those looking to break the four-hour mark?
Meet Chris! She is currently training for the Fargo Marathon taking place in May. "My training for Fargo has been going well, but tough the last couple of weeks since my primary long runs are outside. With it being this cold, getting outside has been a challenge... This is my first spring marathon, so I'm told that winter training can be pretty tough." What challenges have you faced with winter weather training? Any advice for those that are running in winter or training for spring marathons?