Tell us a little about yourself…
My name is Kim and I’m a run-a-holic. Seriously… it’s an addiction. Running has never been something that has come easily to me; I’m not one of those naturally gifted runners with the body built for it and the speed and metabolism that comes with it. So, for me, I’ve constantly had to struggle for it. I FEEL each and every mile, so for me to say I love running, I must SERIOUSLY love running! I think it’s because I have to work so hard at it – to constantly keep myself in motion to maintain some semblance of fitness – that really gives me this deep sense of pride in being a runner. If it were easy, I probably wouldn’t love it as much, right?? But there’s something about the journey, the therapeutic time to myself while each mile passes by to work out problems in my head…I’ve never found another activity like it!
How long have you been running?
I have been running since my sophomore year of high school, when I was (very reluctantly) forced into joining the cross-country team. My mom had this rule that all her kids had to be in a sport while we were living at home – we could pick whatever it was, but we had to do something physically active! Since all the sports at my school were very competitive, I ended up on the only team that didn’t make cuts: cross country. And I literally was the WORST. This is not an exaggeration. I couldn’t run a mile without stopping or throwing up, and it was very common for me to end up dead last during a race. But for some reason, I fell in love with it! The more that people tried to discourage me from running (pick a different sport/you’re ruining your joints/your body type just isn’t built to run/as long as you run you will be in pain), the more I wanted to prove them wrong. Sheer stubbornness and pride got me through it, and I got stronger, and faster, and loved it more! I started running full marathons in 2007 and haven’t looked back ☺
Please list your favorite races and PR’s
My marathon PR was a 3:57:55 at the Eugene Marathon in 2013.
Favorite races? I have a list:
- Portland Marathon – for the race swag, free beer and all the amazing FINISH LINE FOOD!
- San Francisco Marathon – their strict wave-start corrals keep things organized and minimizes congestion, plus there’s nothing like running in the road bed over the Golden Gate Bridge!
- Eugene Marathon – super flat race and you get to finish in the legendary Hayward Field with the big stadium clock counting down your time and video broadcasting your finish like a track star!
- Kauai Marathon – by far the friendliest race I’ve ever run – the whole race area of Kauai shuts down for the marathon, so people come out of their houses to set up impromptu aid stations, give the runners free hose or sprinkler showers, and cheer for all of us!
What are your 2017 Racing plans and running goals?
My goal for 2017 is to qualify for the Boston Marathon by the end of the year – I need to achieve a 3:35:00 finish time to make that happen. I’m working with Michael Garrison & HRL on a year-long training program to increase my speed and endurance to attempt this (super steep!!!) qualifying goal at the California International Marathon on December 3rd. Wish me luck!!!
Any “bucket list” races?
QUALIFYING for the Boston Marathon 😉
The Midnight Sun Marathon in Tromsø, Norway
Reykjavik Marathon in Iceland
Patagonia International Marathon in Chile
Barcelona Marathon in Spain
What is your average weekly mileage?
About 25 miles, plus cross training right now.
What is your favorite workout?
I really enjoy my long runs when I don’t have to worry about my speed or distance. I also really like Fartleks! (Maybe because I also just really like saying that word? Possibly…) I dread doing strides, hills or intervals, but they also provide the biggest improvements in my performance.
Favorite pre-race/post-race foods
I have a really hard time eating anything before I run. I like to make homemade energy balls with chia seeds and peanut butter, and those sit in my stomach pretty well. Post-race I always crave the same thing: a big burger, fries and a donut. I admit, that’s all I can think about the last few miles of my race! Haha
What is the piece of running gear/food/drink that you cannot go without?
Currently a big fan of the assorted flavor Sports Beans for mid-race fuel. I also like Honey Stingers and Nuun (lemon-lime). Currently having a shoe crisis since they stopped making the shoes I’ve been wearing for the last few years… it’s going to take some trial and error.
What is your favorite running moment or running quote?
My favorite running quote is actually a Peruvian proverb that goes “Poco a poco, se va lejos” which translates to “Little by little, one goes far.” I really believe in applying this to all elements of my life, not just running! But for running specifically, it’s really applicable; when things are tough and you want to give up, it reminds you that you literally just need to put one foot in front of the other, and eventually you’ll get through to the finish. Not every race or every run is going to be perfect, but it is truly a testament to our truest self that we can dig deep and utilize our mental fortitude to carry us through the journey when our body wants to give out.
Describe your running before HRL and after
I’m still fairly new to HRL – just started training with Coach Garrison in late 2016. But just in these past few months, I’ve already seen major improvement in my endurance pace and overall fitness level! I am confident that if I keep up with my training (happy and healthy), I’ll be able to accomplish my very steep BQ goal at the end of 2017!
Why does training with Hawaii Running Lab work for you?
I am currently on a “Let’s Talk” Plan with Coach Garrison. Training with HRL works for me because I’m a very independent runner and have a very unstable schedule that makes it hard to consistently run at a certain time of day or in one particular location. By having the flexibility of a 4-week training plan catered to my own specific goals, I’m able to work my training in around my ever-changing schedule, and still incorporate the other kinds of physical activity I enjoy like yoga, spin and weightlifting on cross-training days. My plan also works when I travel for work (I am currently in Portland for several months) so I can still get my training done, logged and reviewed by HRL. I also so deeply appreciate how responsive Coach Garrison is; whenever I have a question or find out some schedule conflict might be coming up, he works with me to keep me on track! I really love my schedule; I don’t feel as though I have to be a slave to the program, but it does keep me accountable, knowing that I am paying for my training and that Coach is keeping a constant eye on my progress. ☺
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Anything else that you would like to add?
Nope, I think I’ve blabbed on enough as it is…. I can’t help but nerd out about running! 😉