Each Friday my Running Inspiration Series will feature the story of an amazing runner. This week I am featuring my virtual friend Erika from MCM Mama Runs. Erika and I both share a passion for running and craft beer!! I am excited to share more about her running via the Q & A below:
How did your running journey begin? Although I had run off and on as a way to lose weight, I had never been a regular runner until after my first son was born. While he was a much anticipated and I was thrilled to finally be a mom, I found myself struggling with postpartum depression. I spent much of the first month of his life in tears. When he was 6 weeks or so, my mom pushed me to get professional help, but also suggested that I start exercising while I waited for an appointment. I got on our non-motorized treadmill and “ran” for a mile. It was hard and kind of miserable, but I felt lighter than I had in ages when I got off. It wasn’t an instant fix, but I slowly but surely ran my way out of PPD and somewhere along the way became a runner.
Why do you run? I run primarily for my mental health. Running keeps me on an even keel when everything else in my life is going sideways. There are lots of secondary reasons as well: the challenge, my race addiction, the social aspects, etc. but really I run so I don’t run away.
What is your favorite race and race distance? Oddly my favorite race and my favorite race distance are not the same. I love the Marine Corps Marathon. There’s something about it that calls me back each time. But my favorite distance is the half marathon. It’s long enough to be challenging, but short enough to not have the training take over my life.
What is your race day routine? I get up an hour before I need to leave the house, eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, drink a cup of coffee, and then get dressed to go in the outfit that I chose the night before.
What is your favorite piece of running gear? I love my Skirt Sports Happy Girl skirts. LOVE.THEM.
Do you follow any diet or take any specific supplements that complement your running? Nope. Unless you consider beer a special diet. ;o)
What advice would you give to a newbie runner? Slow down. When you are first starting, go slow and run at a conversational pace (with walk breaks if necessary). Concentrate on building your running endurance at a slow pace first.
What is your best running memory/favorite race? I’ve had so many amazing experiences, but high fiving Bart Yasso at the end of the Runners World race was definitely one of the best.
Erika, the mom behind the blog MCM Mama Runs, first began running to combat postpartum depression. What started as a few times a week, 30 minute commitment soon led to a half marathon and then her first full marathon. 5 full marathons, 59 half marathons, and a ton of other races later, Erika is well on her way to running a race in all 50 states. Join her on her blog where she talks about training and racing while trying to balance work, kids, pets, and her love of craft beer.
Thank you Erika for sharing your running story with us!!! Each week I am so inspired!! Check out the other Running Inspiration posts here.
If you or anyone you know has an inspiring running story and would like to participate in my Running Inspiration series, just send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org with Running Inspiration in the subject line. Or if you’d like to recommend someone please leave their name in the comments below.