I first ran for distance when I was about 7 years old, training for soccer. Just a few laps around the goal posts each practice, but I dreaded it. However, the more and more I was forced to run, the more and more I actually enjoyed it. I have always been fearlessly competitive and at a young age running was something that I was able to beat a lot of other people at in practices and competition. Since then, my love for running has only grown exponentially. Running is one of the few sports where skill and talent are severely outweighed by dedication and consistency. Distance running, specifically, is a true testament to putting in the work, living a healthy and balanced lifestyle, and really challenging yourself mentally to fight through fatigue and pain. It is one of the only sports that regardless of external competition, you can always race against yourself and the clock.
My favorite SBR Sports product is the Skin Slick. For the longest time, I used Vaseline to prevent blistering and chafing on my skin during long runs. Skin Slick is the longest lasting product that I’ve used! I spray it on my feet before I put on my socks/shoes and on my thighs and underarms. The spray bottle makes application much less messy than vaseline-based products. The bottle is easy to transport and does not leak or leave residue inside my track bag —living in Louisiana, I’ve had one too many bags ruined by melted solids or lotions.
How many pets do you have?
How many pairs of (running, or cycling) shoes do you own?
How many miles do you run a week?
Competing in my first ocean race 25 years ago and not being aware of the huge set of breaking waves bearing down on me at the finish line. I was rolled underwater for a good 30 seconds and thought I might actually drown, in spite of being in the lead at the time. I was happy to exit the water still breathing, but not as happy to be in 2nd place. It was a humbling moment that shapes the rest of my ocean swimming career to this day.
The only child I currently have is a 16-week old creme colored miniature poodle named Beignet. She is named after the famous New Orleans donut, pronounced Bin-Yay! I cannot even imagine how extra I will be when I finally do have a human child because Beignet is spoiled beyond measure. I tell her I love her and that she is the cutest puppy in the world about 50 times per day.
If I was stranded on a deserted island I would take the entire Harry Potter series, a really solid pair of running shoes, and I would take with me my boyfriend (and whatever his 3-items would be —hopefully more useful to survival than mine!)