Spring – Summer Koltonski
30, Educational Diagnostician for DeSoto Parish Schools in Louisiana
How long have you participated in the sport? How did you get started?
I have been running since I was a junior in high school. After I graduated high school I didn’t work out for a year and I was really unhappy. Then, I decided to change my major to Health and Kinesiology and I was forced to start running again. Not only was I in better shape but I was a much happier person. I haven’t really stopped; running has been a constant in my life.
My first race, a 5K, was in 2008. I completed a lot of races that included 5Ks, 10Ks, half-marathons, and a couple of trail half-marathons. Several times I set out to train for a full marathon, but I always backed off and completed the half marathon. During this time completing a triathlon and a marathon was always in mind. But the swimming scared me! I even ordered books and tried training on my own but it didn’t work. I just didn’t believe I could swim.
Then, in the spring of 2012 I discovered NET and I decided to give the triathlon thing another chance. With Becky’s high expectations and no nonsense training, I successfully completed a sprint triathlon in September of 2012. I decided that if I could complete a triathlon, then a marathon would be a piece of cake. I successfully completed my first full-marathon in December of 2012. Now, I’m currently training for an Olympic distance marathon that is going to be held in June 2013.
What is your favorite race?
I love them all! Since I live so far out in the country I mostly train by myself, so getting to swim, bike, or run with others is wonderful. Each race is special in its own way.
Favorite Long Run/Race Nutrition?
Honeystinger Chews and Honeystinger Honey Waffles
Favorite Post-Race Food?
Starbucks Skinny Caramel Macchiato and/or pizza
Favorite Piece of Training Equipment/Gear?
My Garmin Forerunner 101, I am obsessed with keeping up with my mileage so that I can compare the data from year to year. My Garmin allows me to run or bike anywhere, anytime, no excuses.
Advice for other athletes?
Believe in yourself! There’s nothing more powerful than setting a goal, working hard, and accomplishing your goal. Also, don’t be afraid to try new things, just relax and have fun!
Since I’ve been training with NET (June 2012) I have accomplished more than I could ever imagined possible. Here’s what I’ve accomplished:
- Completed 1st Tri
- Completed 1st marathon
- Set PRs in 5K, 10K, and half marathon
- Took 1 min 4 sec off 5K time
- Took 5 min 1 sec on 10K time
- Took 9 min 14 sec of half marathon time (placed in top 5% of age group, top 10% overall)