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Running with Soul: Meet Nicole (#7)

Featured Runner: Nicole! 

 How many years have you been running?

About 2 years

Little bit about yourself:

I live in NYC - land of the fast paced, so it's really no wonder why I started running. Back in January 2012, I found myself feeling sluggish and full of excuses not to workout - so I challenged myself to live a healthier life. At the time, I could barely run a mile, so I started running with a friend of mine who I compare to the Energizer Bunny - he could just keep going and going while I was huffing and puffing. But that little bunny helped me push myself, and now I've completed a half marathon and am training for my first full marathon! I used to hate running, and now, I don't think I could live without it!

 Who or what inspires you to run?

So much. I'm inspired by the feeling I get after completing a great run. I'm inspired by the ability to explore new neighborhoods, parks, beaches, and paths. I'm inspired by the sound of my feet hitting the pavement and the music driving my pace. I'm inspired by other runners and the people that cheer on the sidelines. But most of all, I'm inspired by the fact that I have the ability to simply run.

What is your running mantra?

Just keep going! (Energizer bunny inspired)

What is your favorite running/fitness blog?

There's no way I can just pick 1, so here are of few:
No Meat Athlete
The Lean Green Bean
Better With Veggies

What has been your most memorable race?

My most memorable race would have to be my first half marathon, the NYC Half in 2012. I worked so hard and learned so much while training for that race. The crowd and the other racers were incredible, and crossing that finish line was the most amazing feeling. I don't think I've ever felt so proud of myself :).

What is your dream race? (Besides Boston)

My dream race is the Walt Disney World Marathon! I'm running it in January, and I can't wait!!

What are you currently training for?

I'm currently training for my first full marathon (Walt Disney World Marathon)!

What one piece of running gear can you not live without?

My running shoes! I'm currently running in Asics Gel Cumulus 15s, and they are amazing. I loved my old Adidas, too. I couldn't run without my shoes :).

If you could share any words of advice/encouragement to a new runner, what would it be?

When you're just starting out, don't try to do too much too soon. Aim to do a mile with run/walk intervals (run for 2 minutes, walk for 2 minutes) until you can build up to running a mile without stopping. Once you're comfortable running one mile, try to keep going! Do a mile and a quarter, then a mile and a half, etc. Give yourself a mantra or something you can say to yourself to stay motivated. When you feel like you have to quit, repeat that mantra to yourself (Just keep going, one more minute/mile/lap, you can do this!, etc). Running is a lot more mental than physical sometimes!

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Thank you so much Nicole! CONGRATS on completing the WDW Marathon! Such an amazing accomplishment. We look forward to a recap of the amazing experiences you had in Florida!

Be sure to check back each week as another runner shares their journey of running with soul. 

Happy Running!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the feature! The Marathon was amazing - beyond words :)