October – Kelly Griffin

28; Speech Pathologist

How long have you participated in the sport?How did you get started?
I started Running 101 in March of 2011, and to be honest I didn’t think it would ever be possible for me to run more than 10 steps without passing out before then. 🙂 I tried to do a 5k program on my own the year before, but I never finished (in fact, I tried a lot of workout programs that I never finished before Running 101). So, I decided to add accountability and commit to run every morning of the week for Lent (I guess technically I was giving up sleep :)). That’s when Andrea McElroy told me about NET (Thanks, friend!). Since then I’ve completed 5k, 10k, and Half Marathon distances running, a Sprint Triathlon, and am training now for my first Full Marathon on October 28. I truly believe that having NET as a support group, the weekly emails and group runs/bikes/swims, encouragement, goal setting, accountability, fun, and friendship has been the reason I haven’t stopped since Running 101…and I don’t plan on it! 🙂

What is your favorite race?
Has to be my first Half Marathon at the Dallas White Rock Half and Full.

Running Shoe Brand?
Brooks are the bomb! I’ve tried out others but my feet just love Brooks!

Favorite Long Run/Race Nutrition?
Honey Stinger Organic Energy Chews – Pink Lemonade and Fruit Smoothie (Except I call them gummies to make them sound more like an every 10 minute snack…now if they would only make them in the shape of bumble bees!).

Favorite Post-Race Food?
Probably a cheeseburger and sweet potato fries.

Favorite Piece of Training Equipment/Gear?
It’s a tie between Carmin the Garmin and my polka dotted Lululemon bike jersey + bike shorts with reflective ruffles.

Advice for other athletes?
~Working out can be just as fun as you make it. I’ve learned to use anything I can to change my perception of working out from “work” to “fun”…buy a pair of running shorts you love, name your Garmin, make up goofy swim mantras, make an awesome run playlist, sing along and play air guitar while you run (yes, I have).

~Make it personal: run for yourself, run for new shoes, run for a cure, run for those who can’t (or swim…or bike…).

~Set up small goals as incentives, follow through, and reward yourself!

~Spread the “active” happiness: smile at the people giving you and your hydration belt funny looks (in fact, smile at anyone you pass…they’ll wonder what they’re missing out on!), invite friends to come with you (and don’t give up when they say no the first 5 times!), talk about your goals and how good it feels to do something healthy.

~Don’t limit yourself: Once I found out that if I made myself turn the voice in my head from “You can’t” to “You can!”…anything became possible. From 5k to conquering the bike again after 20 years of not riding, you can!

~It’s all about self image. To be honest, when Becky told me about athlete of the month, my first thought was, “but I’m not an athlete…athletes are the people we see on TV every weekend”. Then as I started answering these questions, I realized I am an athlete…something that wouldn’t have ever happened if I hadn’t gotten off of my butt and given it a chance…which brings me to:

~Get started and don’t let yourself stop. There will be days when you don’t wanna. Find a support group who will bug you when you really really don’t wanna (Becky;-)). Pick yourself up the next day and start again!

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