Athlete Profile: Mara Prosolow

2017-04-01T19:30:50+00:00 March 16th, 2017|HRL Athletes|

How long have you been running?

I started my running journey in October 2015. I had my daughter in March 2015 and needed something to help get back “me”. Running is something I can do with my little monster. It has taught me so much about myself and is great for stress! I have the mind set of go big and push yourself.

Please list your favorite races and PR’s

Favorite: I think all races and “runs” have something special about them. I have really enjoyed the trail races I have done and now really getting into the Ultras.
PR’s
5k-24:45
10k-53:36
13.1-1:52:31
30k-2:51:45
26.2-4:11:24
50-12:18:00

What are your 2017 Racing plans and running goals?

My overall goal is to stay healthy and happy while smashing my other goals.

I have completed:

The Cow Run
The Sweetheart Fun Run

Now:

Badger Mountain Challenge 100 miler
Ragnar Turtle Bay
Hapalua Half
Hibiscus Half
PR my 5k
And whatever else someone ask me to run!

Any “bucket list” races?

I would really love to complete the HURT 100 and The Barkley! For road races I want to run a Rock’n Roll Marathon, Dopey Challenge, and the Marine Corps Marathon.

What is your average weekly mileage?

My mileage is all over the place. Usually I am between 25-50 miles. It’s hard to get all the training in with a baby, but I do what I can when I can.

What is your favorite workout?

I have a love/hate with hills. While I am doing the hill workouts I feel like death, but during my cooldown I feel like I am on top of the world. Like I can accomplish anything I want to! Like a total badass.

Favorite pre-race/post-race foods

I don’t carb load! I eat whatever is for dinner, I don’t eat same the same thing each time, I do stay away from high fiber foods!! One bad habit I have is over hydrating before my races, so I will have a couple salt pills and a pickle pop!

During my races I really love oranges, but tend munch on whatever my body is telling me to.

The after party! I usually celebrate with a drink or five, then pig out! I’m talking cake, pancakes, bacon, pizza!!

What is the piece of running gear/food/drink that you cannot go without?

Obviously water is one, I also need some type of electrolytes sometimes is salt pills, sometimes Skratch, and if all else fails Gatorade. Injinji toe socks have saved my feet! Vaseline is a new found favorite. I also always have my watch, headphones and music. Music pulls me up my walls when they hit. I wear a visor every run. My glasses bounces if I don’t, and hats are too hot! And last but not least GUM!! I have to chew gum while I run.

What is your favorite running moment or running quote?

I have few. During the Cow Run I started yelling at the grass. When I run long distances I start finding humor in all types of things! Every run I do has good times, bad times and a lesson.

If you want it, you got to work for it.

Come on legs we got this.

It’s all mental.

Describe your running before HRL and after.

Before I started running with HRL I was either over or under training. I didn’t know much about running, I was fighting common injuries like shin splits, my form was messed up, and I wasn’t really having fun while running. Now, I am injury free, I enjoy running, I love being out on the course and seeing all the other HRL athletes, it gives me a boost. My form is so much better which leads to better runs. I’m much confident in my running.

Why does training with Hawaii Running Lab work for you?

I love how HRL pushes me past what I think I can accomplish. Remembering back to the Tantalus Triple Trek I thought there was no way in hell I was going to get 2 full laps,let alone the entire race. I hadn’t trained for it, and this was a last minute decision. With Michael’s help and advice, I was able to finish with an hour to spare. Some of the workouts and long runs I have had to do during my training I thought Michael was trying to kill me, but I made it through each one and got stronger every run. Seeing how much progress I have made without injury is unbelievable and it’s all thanks to HRL’s guidance. It’s awesome being able to ask questions whenever I need to about a run or race coming up.

Do you have an Instagram/twitter handle that you would like us to include with your profile?

IG: @tink6913
Strava:Mara Prosolow