Athlete Profile: Solange Saxby

2017-11-17T13:16:30+00:00 November 17th, 2017|HRL Athletes|

Tell us a little about yourself…

I grew up on the little red dot called Singapore. To continue my education, I moved to Colorado, which was one of the best decisions I could’ve made! To alleviate my stress (pursuing 3 degrees, working 2 jobs, full time student, paying my own bills) I spent a lot of time outdoors. It was during this time that I really got into trail running. Being out on the trails was therapeutic and re-energized me.

About year ago, I moved to Hawai’i to pursue my PhD. I married my best friend, and love the Hawaiian trails!

How long have you been running?

I’ve been running since I can remember. Running has always been a huge part of my family. Both my parents are avid marathon runners, and even met at a running club. So you can say, running runs in the family!

Please list your favorite races and PRs

Half Marathon- Horsetooth Half Marathon 2015: 1:38
Marathon- Boston Marathon 2016: 2:58:50
50 Miler -QuadRock 50 2015: 12:01:06

What are your 2017 Racing plans and running goals?

Peacock 55 miler
XTTERRA Half Marathon
Honolulu Marathon
HURT 100

Any “bucket list” races?

Running HURT 100!!!!

What is your average weekly mileage?

Currently around 50 miles per week

What is your favorite workout?

A hill workout, because what goes up must come down, and I love running down-hill.

Favorite pre-race/post-race foods?

I prefer my pre-race food to be light, usually a berry-yogurt smoothie. My post-race food will alway include a HUGE bag of Sweet Maui Onion Chips. I’m an addict!

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

The piece of running gear I can’t go without is my hydration pack. It’s my lifesaver during my runs, keeping me hydrated, holding my food, and storing my extra socks.

What is your favorite running moment or running quote?

My 21st birthday present to myself was saving up enough money to sign up for my first ultra trail race, QuadRock50. The furthest I had raced to that point was 26.2 miles, a marathon. Doubt definitely plague my mind as to whether I would be able to finish the race.

But, I will never forget the ecstasy I felt as I crossed the finish line.

Describe your running before HRL and after.

My “training” had never been structured. My moto had always been, just run. My biggest fear was that “training” would burn my passion for running, causing me to stop completely. But structure in life is good, and structure in running is also good. I realize that in the short time I’ve been with HRL, I have improved.

Why does training with Hawaii Running Lab work for you?

As a PhD student, there are never enough hours in the day. My time has become very limited and valuable. If I wanted to run HURT 100, I realized I had to train smarter. I needed help devising the optimal plan to help me run HURT 100. The personalized plan is perfect for my limited time.

instagram: roaming.saxbys (shared with my hubby)

Anything else that you would like to add?

I’m excited to see where HRL takes me!