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On 04/10/14, we will be celebrating our first anniversary with a weekend of running and shenanigans in our home of Manchester. The main event? A 9 mile alley cat race around the city - with a twist… Save the date. #SWRDmcr #StillWatersRunDeepmcr #TrueNorthernRunners #SWRDAlleyCat
Name: NANNA barlby
When did you become a runner? I started late - crawling 500m as an unfit 34 year old - then got to 3k and on to 5k. I stayed there long. Two years ago I did my first 10k race - and around that time I met @nbrorunning and the int. urban running community and jumped to 32k on a seemingly random but ultra significant pivot point #thatonesunday in NYC - that run opened me I was high for three days and ready for more. Since then halfs and full were mere repeats.
What’s your goal? eternal goal Consistency > progress
Why do you run with other people? I share my running and I have runs with others to push harder or smile harder - both crucial elements.
Do you feel most powerful running alone or with others? I love to line up with another runner and there is this perfect cadence. A unity. No matter how far the distance it’s an amazing feeling. I love a perfect run in solitude - the ones where you sink into your muscles and become all body - those runs are crucial to me too - it’s were I feel I build.
What do you expect from hood to coast? I will charge it as a big unknown. I’ve called my self a kamikaze-runner because I throw myself into challenges. I expect this one to be challenging on all aspects.
What’s your favorite distance? I like a good race - I am starting to see a point in loving the shorter distances.
What’s your mantra? ”Practical solutions for emotional distress” I hate writing it down actually - I am not a motivational quote lover - but I try to freaking live it every minute. It makes me aware of doing something to change the situation. act - works well in running as in life. scale it as you want.
When do you feel strongest? When I challenge myself. There are loads of fears of course. Some are fragile from the start some last for years. Simply ignoring fear instead of diving in to it is new for me. I force it now do it more deliberately. I pass through it like a haze. I changed my life actually. I feel strongest when I remember.
Who is an inspiration in your network and why? @JessieZapo in NY shaped my running heart and made it beat consistent. I love to see people surprise and kick ass like @lilengine who (at least to me) suddenly re-appeared as this complete Amazon on IG bad ass inspiration - @vestsigne started me as a runner - fought my mental blockade - @bupivacain gave me a whole new perspective on what women’s strength is. Every strong woman out there and the men who understand and support this concept of voltwomen - so crucial - #UOENO
What’s next? My spring has been weird. Allergy - bronchitis - weird breathing shit affected my running. I’ve been patient and done something to change it around so I really look forward to the fall. Not a specific race but a lot of races and running more up-beat - then progress upwards sideways all over. Omnipresent haha can we go now?
Name: Julie Hyld
When did you become a runner?
About a year ago i started considering myself a runner. I ran my first half in the spring of 2012, and before that I did a few social 5k’s, but never really raced, but I didn’t think of myself as a runner.
The same year I joined my running crew, NBROrunning and ran my second half, and I still didn’t consider myself a runner. The following year in the spring of 2013, I ran my first full marathon, and it killed me completely. I though I was getting closer to becoming a runner, but still didn’t really feel like one. The exact same year, I was doing Hood to Coast, and was inspired by so many runners, especially some one girl (french hottie called clemence) just really pushed the barrier of what i though was possible - when i got home, I was thinking about how to train, what to do, how to get faster - i was making goals and had ideas about what I could do.. I think at that point, I though of myself as a runner.
What’s your goal? Too keep making goals and to train to reach them.
Why do you run with other people? Because I forget that i run. Because they inspire me, and because I inspire them.
Do you feel most powerful running alone or with others? I feel most powerful running with other during training, but I also know, that in the end, when i’m racing it’s only me and I stand alone. When I reach THOSE goals, I feel more powerful than ever, and thats all me. But i’m not sure I would get there without my training and the people that keep inspire me.
What do you expect from hood to coast? Energy and great vibes - and hella lot of peanut butter.
What’s your favorite distance? half marathon
What’s your mantra? So when I run - when i’m almost dying, when it’s the hardest i ask myself “okay body - you’re tired, I understand, can we keep going? or do we need to stop? you’re not in danger, you’re just running” hahah, that’s my mantra to keep going during races.
When do you feel strongest? when i did things i thought was impossible.
Who is an inspiration in your network and why? the people around me that keeps pushing. Both the ones just training to complete a 10k, and the ones who just did 100k ;)
What’s next? hood to coast??
Name: leigh gerson
Runner? You bet
When did you become a runner? Almost 3 years ago but I started taking it seriously last summer
What’s your goal? Olympic trials
Why do you run with other people? Because it makes it less boring on the long runs; commonality of pain
Do you feel most powerful running alone or with others? Depends—there’s something to be said for a log run in the woods in the rain all by oneself but there’s also beauty in sharing that experience with other people. I like both
What do you expect from hood to coast? The best time ever. I get to go to te beach that my favorite childhood movie was filmed at, the goonies
What’s your favorite distance? 10k
What’s your mantra? The faster you run, the sooner you’re done
When do you feel strongest? No clue. After a track workout probably. I don’t really ever feel “strong” physically. I just have an amazing ability to endure pain
Who is an inspiration in your network and why? Mali Aguila @mali_ny -she’s just amazing. Y’all know her. She is strong and supportive and motivating and a great human being all around
What’s next? Everything
Name: Chelsea Bauch
When did you become a runner? I started running because I impulsively signed up for a marathon that fell on my 27th birthday. I was slow and stubborn and had no idea what I was doing at first. But after the race was over, I kept running. I ran to explore rather than to train. I ran because I liked the challenge not because I feared it. I ran because I kept discovering new things about myself as well as the people and places around me. I’m a runner even when I’m not running—which happens to all of us from time to time—because running is as much a mentality as it is an activity.
What’s your goal? My goal is to never stop exploring.
Why do you run with other people? When I run with other people, it’s not about how fast I’m going or how far or even how I’m feeling. It’s not about me at all. It’s about where I am and who I’m with and the adventure or misadventure that we’re sharing. I run with other people because it’s humbling and fun and challenging and puts everything else in perspective.
Do you feel most powerful running alone or with others? I feel more powerful running with others.
What do you expect from hood to coast? I expect to be inspired by eleven other women and by what we can do together. I also expect to feel very, very sore.
What’s your favorite distance? Half-marathon.
What’s your mantra? Do whatever scares you.
When do you feel strongest? I feel strongest when my legs wobble the morning after a long run.
Who is an inspiration in your network and why? I’m grateful to know so many men and women who have inspired me as a runner and as a human being, who have coached me and encouraged me, who have paced me across finish lines and milestones along the way. But of these many amazing muses, @JessieZapo, co-founder of @BlackRosesNYC, is the one who defined running for me. Over the course of three years and many miles running together, Jessie has shown me that there are no rules and no boundaries to running. She has inspired me to push myself against the metrics I need rather than the ones everyone else uses. She has taught me that running is a mentality as well as an activity. I’m grateful to have her as a constant source of inspiration and even more grateful to have her as a friend.
What’s next? I’m training to run the Chicago Marathon and the Nike Women’s Half-Marathon in October, and then the New York Marathon in November. I’ll probably sleep for a few months after that.
Name: Ana Farrington
Country: US of A
Runner? TRYING TO BE!!!!! (I’m even looking to hire a coach! I want to
get better at this!)
When did you become a runner? After graduating college (and retiring from D1 swimming) I took up running as a hobby. (2010)
What’s your goal? To run a sub 1:45 half and to complete my first marathon
Why do you run with other people? I love meeting new people and learning from others! I find that by running in a group I improve so much faster than if I run alone.
Do you feel most powerful running alone or with others? OTHERS
What do you expect from hood to coast? A once-in-a-lifetime experience!
What’s your favorite distance? 10K
What’s your mantra? I don’t want you to fear that, I want you to want that (quote from my college coach that sticks with me!)
When do you feel strongest? After a really killer workout. There is no better feeling of accomplishment than when you¹ve pushed your body to the limit!
Who is an inspiration in your network and why? I’m inspired by the people I work with. Seeing ordinary people accomplish extraordinary things helps me dream big and want to tackle lofty goals.
What’s next? Hood to coast! Nike Women’s 1/2 in SF, and hopefully a few races abroad in 2015!
Name: Preety Mudhar
Country: Toronto, Canada
When did you become a runner? Been running for almost 2 years but I’d only call myself that this year.
I started running in December of 2012 to see if I would like it but I only really got into it in January of 2014. I signed up for a race to give myself the motivation and a goal and I haven’t stopped since.
What’s your goal? My goal is to make running a life long journey. One that takes me places. One that is forever an outlet and a strong point in my life until I’m a little old lady. I hope to always be enriched by it. After I run my first full marathon in October 2014, I hope to work towards and qualify for the Boston Marathon.
Why do you run with other people? I always saw running as a solo endeavour and I’m so glad that I’m wrong about that. I started running with other people because my boyfriend is co-captain of our crew, Parkdale Roadrunners, and he was so encouraging for me to just try. I did and I don’t think I would ever want that to change. I run with other people because it keeps me going and I’m at a point where I get to keep people going. I love the sense of family. Everyone understands what it is like, the triumphs, the pains, the good runs and the bad. There’s a motivation and comraderie that keeps it fun and there is so much knowledge to be shared. I hear about races and training that I had never considered. I think that through running with other people, I have become a stronger runner.
Do you feel most powerful running alone or with others? I feel most powerful when I run with someone that I look up to in regards to their running and I can keep up. This of course transcends into the strength you feel when you are out there alone. Mostly though, when I take all that I learn from other runners, their words, encouragement, strength and I put all of that into a solo run, I get to feel a great strength, especially when I’m mentally able to keep going without someone next to me making that happen.
What do you expect from hood to coast? A true experience. In every sense. I can’t wait to experience the views. I can’t wait to meet my teammates and build relationships. I can’t wait to test myself and overcome preconceived limits. I’m so excited to be out of my comfort zone, running where I don’t know where the end line is and to be contributing my efforts to a team comprised of a lot of women that I look up to. It’s a race that I never thought I would get the chance to run and I can’t believe that I’m getting the chance to. I’ve never done anything like this and to do it on an epically beautiful route is pretty incredible.
What’s your favorite distance? 10k. 10k was my first race and it is always what I use as a measure of how far I’ve come. I like that it’s not too short so you can race with a plan but just long enough to keep testing yourself with it.
What’s your mantra? My mantra is to believe in myself as much as other people believe in me. Someone once told me that I should and I always tell myself that. I can get so nervous that I doubt how well I can do but I take all the belief everyone has in my ability and I channel it into a stronger belief in myself.
When do you feel strongest? I feel strongest when I look back. When I run routes that were once challenging or when I run down a street that I first started running on that was tucked away so that I wouldn’t be seen. When I revisit what once felt insurmountable and I conquer it, I feel so strong. When I take all of that and think that only two years ago, running wasn’t even on my radar, and I see all that I’ve done with it, I feel strong. I hope I never forget what it felt like to start because it helps me to see how far I’ve come and how much stronger I get every day.
Who is an inspiration in your network and why? Julietta. Julietta is in her late 40s and runs with us. She has a young daughter. She started running in the past few years. When I see her run and how much stronger she is every run, I can’t help but push myself more. Watching her be an incredible inspiration for her daugther motivates me to be a good example to other women and young girls. Her ability and determination coupled with her dedication to training and helping our crew be great, is so inspiring and has helped me do what I get to do every day.
What’s next? My first marathon!!! October 19, 2014 I run my first marathon. The thought when it passes through my mind gives me 10,000 butterflies in my stomach. I can’t wait for it to happen and for it to be over. It’s the next hurdle in my mind I can’t wait to move forward after it. Also, I’ll be spending my winter continuing my swimming lessons so that early next summer I can do my first Tri-triathalon. Also, I’ll be able to jump in a lake, swim out into an ocean, surf, jump off a boat. I can’t wait that through sticking with swimming lessons that a whole new world will open up to me in my 30th year of life.