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Catching up with Lindsay of Chasing the Kenyans

Lindsay D
The Basics: 26 year old engineering/construction firm buyer from Greensville, SC

When/How did you start running?
I started “formally” running in 10th grade when I joined the high school cross-country team. I had always been active in soccer, softball, gymnastics and basketball growing up.

Why do you run?
I run to stay in shape, but also because I love to race. Chasing PR’s never gets old! I also run to eat m&m’s.

When do you prefer to run?
I prefer to run in the early morning, but lately I can’t seem to respond to the early alarm clock. I’ve been running in the early evenings a lot and occasionally during my lunch hour.

When/Where was your best run ever?
My best races so far were the Disney half-marathon in 2008 and the NYC marathon in 2009. I ran strong PR’s at both of those races, and who wouldn’t like that? My best training runs were on the Bluegrass Pike in Danville, Kentucky. If you ever find yourself in the middle of Kentucky, check out the countryside in Danville.

What is your proudest moment in running?
My proudest moment isn’t mine at all. I’ve gotten my sisters hooked on running regularly and ran a few 5k’s with them. I volunteer for a local high school Cross Country team and they won State last fall.  I truly enjoy encouraging others to find their own running passion and helping them grow.

What is your biggest running disaster/embarrassing moment?
Hands down the day I had to drop trou on the side of the road. It was late afternoon and nature was calling. There weren’t even any trees or buildings to duck behind, I was fully exposed. Thankfully it was a country road and there weren’t any ill-timed cars, just cows.

What are your running goals?
I’d like to continue to get faster and run more mileage – and of course who wouldn’t want a chance to run in the Olympics? My two favorite race distances are the half-marathon and full, and I’d like to push the envelope in those events.

What is a typical dinner for you?
I am not the person to model nutrition habits after. If I could have it my way I’d eat m&m’s for every meal. When I’m not acting like I’m 6, I’ll eat veggies (all kinds – squash, peppers, broccoli, etc) with a carb (pasta, rice, sweet potato) and sometimes meat. I’m not vegetarian, I’m just usually too lazy to cook meat. If I don’t get to eat until late I’ll just have a bowl of cereal.

What do you bring to every race?
Outside of the standard running clothes/shoes, just my Garmin and some gu’s.

What is your favorite guilty pleasure?
M&M’s, of course. Sleeping in is good too.

What do you listen to when you run?
The sounds of the world around me – a passing car, squirrels rustling in the leaves, a rabbit burrowing under the bushes, kids playing in their yards, roofers putting a new roof a house… I rarely run with an ipod; when I do it’s on the treadmill.

What advice would you give to a beginning runner?
Don’t put too much pressure on yourself. It’s easy to get caught up in what others are doing, but make sure you’re running for you. Keep it fun – with music, running friends, or entering local races.

What is something most people don’t know about you?
Although I love to run, I could honestly lay around all day and do nothing. I am the laziest person ever.

Read more about Lindsay’s running adventures at chasingthekenyans.com.

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