Holiday shout out to Caitlin, a hockey playing, figure skating runner! What? Did you just read figure skating? Yes. Yes you did! without further introduction, enjoy!
What is your favorite sport?
I have three: running, hockey and figure skating.
If you are a runner, what is your favorite race distance and why?
The only race distance that I've run to this point is a 10K, which I love because I can really push myself for the whole race and not feel like I'm completely dying by the end. I'm signed up to do my first half marathon in May, though, and I think that's going to become my favorite. I love longer distances. My legs normally need a few miles to really warm up (unless I have the adrenaline of a race), and I love how I feel after 8-10 miles. Strong, confident, and able to keep going!
How long have you been running?
What is your favorite holiday movie?
What advice would you give to someone who has never run a race?
I would say to start fueling up two-three days before so that you can take full advantage of the extra energy. Eat something (if you can), like an english muffin and peanut butter, so you have some fuel, and drink water ahead of time. Don't forget to use the potty before the start. Use the adrenaline you feel from the crowd and your surroundings...and have a blast :)
What is your favorite race memory?
My favorite memory thus far is my first 10K (Great Race in Pittsburgh). I felt so strong and excited right from the start, surrounded by people who love to run and hearing the crowds cheering us on, and I just flew. I left any doubts behind me as I crossed the start line, and I ran for the joy of running, unconcerned with what anyone else was doing. I knew I was going faster than I have before, but I couldn't believe it when I reached the finish line and saw my time: 46 min 40 sec. My family was right across from the finish line, too, and they started cheering when they saw me. I couldn't stop smiling from what I had done (PR by farrrrrrr), and it was awesome to be able to share that and celebrate with the people who love and support me no matter what.
What are you most thankful for this season?
This is a hard one, since I have so many things to be thankful for, but I'll try to narrow it down. I'm thankful for my family. They have loved and supported me from day one, and without them, I wouldn't be here today. I'm thankful for my boyfriend, Joe. He's my best friend, who has truly been the one to encourage me to go after what I want, no matter how scared I might be, and he has been so encouraging every step of the way, that I often wonder how I got so lucky in a guy. I'm thankful for my health, which allows me to do all of the things that I love to do. I'm thankful for running. It has taught me how to love my body and believe in myself like nothing else. And I'm thankful for the blogging world. It got me started in my pursuit of a healthy, happy, balanced lifestyle almost two years ago, and the encouragement and kindness I've received since starting my own in the beginning of November is absolutely astounding. It makes me smile every day and gives me a place to be myself, which is pretty priceless.
"Be yourself, everyone else is taken"
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