These week's spotlight is on Kim of Book Worm Runs (here). Stop on over to her blog and say hello after you read her interview! I love that Kim and I have a goal in common...you will have to read her answers to see what I mean! :)
Jodi: How long have you been running?
Kim: I started running in January 2009 using the couch to 5k program. When I started I could barely run for 1 minute at a time!! I definitely credit that program for getting me hooked on running. There is nothing like seeing progress week after week to keep me motivated!
Jodi: Why did you start running?
Kim: In 2008 my husband and I decided to start trying to have children. Unfortunately I went on to suffer 3 miscarriages and was subsequently diagnosed with a chromosomal abnormality. I was told that the likelihood of me carrying a healthy pregnancy to term was slim to none. Needless to say my husband and I were devastated. The miscarriages really took a toll on us mentally and I slipped into a deep depression. When the New Year (2009) came I decided I wanted to reclaim control over my body and my life. I decided to start running not only for my mental health but also because I wanted to prove that my body wasn't a complete failure. That I could still achieve goals that I set my mind to and that my body was still capable of doing amazing things even if carrying a baby was not one of them. Running has been my saving grace and really was instrumental in pulling me out of my depression.
Jodi: How many years have you been racing?
Kim: My first race was a 5k in May 2009, just 4 months after I started running. My Mom is a breast cancer survivor so I decided my first race would benefit breast cancer research. I raised over $300 and ran my first race dedicated to her! I have since gone on to run 6 more 5k's, 3 10k's and a Half Marathon :o)
Jodi: What is your favorite distance to race and why?
Kim: Honestly, anything other than a 5k!! I am really short and run really slow so I am just not built for the speed that the 5k requires! I definitely prefer the longer races because I don't have to run at full speed and I really feel like I earned that medal! LOL!
Jodi: What is your favorite race memory?
Kim: It would have to be running my very first 5k and coming around the corner with 1/2 mile to go and seeing all my family and friends there cheering for me! It was amazing to know I was going to finish my first race and that all the people I loved were there to see me do it! :o)
Jodi: What is your least favorite race memory?
Kim: I don't really have any bad race memories!! I honestly have had awesome experiences at every race I go to! I always go and have fun no matter what. I feel truly blessed to even be able to run and be active so even if I am having an "off" day and am not running the best I am still having fun!
Jodi: What is your proudest running moment to date?
Kim: For sure it is crossing the finish line at my first Half Marathon :o) I trained really hard all summer to run that race and every moment was amazing. I will never forget rounding the corner and seeing the finish line and just bursting into tears! :o) So many emotions were rushing through me it was overwhelming. I was so extremely proud of myself that day!
Jodi: What one item do you absolutely have to have with you on a training run?
Kim: My Garmin!! I am addicted to that thing! LOL! Also, I love my Camelbak. It got me through those 90 degree long runs this summer! :o)
Jodi: What is your favorite fuel during a race?
Kim: I have always just used Gatorade! I find it works the best at giving me that extra push and also quenches my thirst. As I start to train for my Marathon, though, I will have to experiment with other fuel like Gu.
Jodi: What is your favorite post race snack?
Kim: Chocolate milk!! I also love eggs...either scrambled or an egg sandwich :o)
Jodi: Who do you admire most and why?
Kim: I really really admire and am in awe of people like Matt Long who have suffered a horrible tragedy and who have emerged from that tragedy and done something amazing. I only hope I have the spirit and the will to do the same thing if ever I am in their position.
Jodi: Do you have a favorite quote?
Kim: I have a few but my absolute favorite is from John Bingham: "The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start".
Jodi: Finish this statement, when I run I feel ________.
Jodi: What is your current goal?
Kim: To run the Cleveland Marathon in May 2011!!! People have asked me why I want to run a Marathon and I always tell them that once I run a Marathon I know there is nothing I can't conquer! :o)
Because you can never have enough race pictures, here are a few more of Kim!!
1st 10K- August 2009
2nd 10K- June 2010
2nd 10K- June 2010