Turning Back the Clock

As winter arrives the days get shorter!  For some of us our routines go uninterrupted, for others we switch up our workouts, perhaps from morning to evening or in some parts of the country you might just take the season off as the weather is too cold.  I am curious as to the longest one has taken off from exercising?  We all do it as life has many chapters, from school to work to raising a family and its not always easy finding time for ourselves.

My next story is about a wonderful lady I met online, by way of Twitter,  as she stopped running for 20 years!

Meet Beth Kar!beth_with_dog

I started off by asking Beth when she started running and if she had an inspiration, Beth replied ‘I started running as a teenager as my parents were the inspiration because they were a part of the 80s running craze. I was 13 and I ran a lot with my mom and dog.  I ran through high-school but then I stopped for about 20 years.  My son had autism and I often found him running off and I realized I could not keep up with him, plus I gained a lot of weight.  I didn’t make the time to exercise as I worked 60 hours per week.’

‘2012 was my first year back and I did what I called combo runs – 2 mile run followed by a 2 mile walk, 7 days a week.  I kept building up my strength and I kept running with my mom,’ Beth replied.  I went on to ask Beth if she tracks her workouts, Beth responded ‘I live in the City of St Joseph as it has a great parkway system.  I run every day and I use my Garmin in tandem with MapMyRun.  I recently ended up in the hospital with a perforated ulcer and since June I have been rebuilding.  Last year, 2014,  I ran over 3400 miles.  During the winter of 2013/2014 we had a lot of snow and I realized the slower I went the further I could go.’

i35challengeI then asked Beth about her favorite events, Beth responded ‘ My favorite races are the I35 challenge as its back to back races in Kansas City and Des Moines Iowa with beautiful views and rolling hills.  Its a great way to see parts of the city that you would never have noticed, plus you run around water and bands along the way.  My second favorite is the Lincoln as it was wall to wall with people cheering and there was a guy playing eye of the tiger on a accordion – I did the half Marathon.’

Beth went on to tell me, ‘Next year I plan to run a full marathon, the Lincoln, as I just turned 45 and I have set my sights on Boston.’  I then asked Beth to share more about her inspiration/drive with running, Beth replied ‘The inspiration I get from running is the feeling it gives me as it rejuvenates me and I get to run with nature, meet new friends at events where I ended up with a ton of facebook followers and we all started running together.  I also get inspired by others when I see them meet and exceed their goals’, Beth replied.

I then asked if she met someone new to running or walking, what would she tell them, Beth said ‘Be consistant, no distance is too small.’  I then asked Beth what she typically thought about while running. ‘I’m hyper aware of things around me, looking at nature as it gives me energy and I am not afraid to get lost, which I tend to as my sense of direction isn’t the best,’ Beth responded.  ‘I have a band of runners, no formal running group but a facebook group with friends where we meet up to run and grab coffee afterwards’.beth_friends

I went on to ask Beth if running has helped her with her career, Beth replied ‘I am a city clerk with the government and running has made me more confident.  A final lesson that Beth wanted to share with others,  ‘I’ve been on IB Moultrin for forty years and that is what gave me stomach issues that caused the ulcers – a lesson I share with others,’ Beth stated.


Thank you for taking the time to chat with me Beth and good luck with the training and exceeding your goals for 2016.

You have certainly given me insight into a couple more events that I might check-out.   Stay Healthy!



If the Shoe Fits – wear it!

big_shoesI always loved that saying: If the shoe fits wear it!  Did you know the origin of the phrase dates back to the 16th Century?  What I also found interesting is the expression is often used when something derogatory is said about a person who then complains to a third party.  Well I guess phrases can mean many things depending on the moment.  With my next guest the phrase truly means something positive, she not only runs, but she inspires others and educates them on the benefits!

Meet Shawanna White I started off by asking her when she started running and why, Shawanna replied ‘I was encouraged by my high school coach in 1996, who saw me in the office one day and asked me if I wanted to run track. I said he would have to ask my grandma. My grandma said ‘yes’, but only if he brought me home, because it would be too late to ride the bus and there was no family car to be used.’


I then asked Shawanna about her favorite event(s), Shawanna stated ‘ I love the marathon. I can’t believe I just said that, because I used to think people who ran 26.2 miles were crazy. Guess what, I am crazy as well. I love the distance, because it’s a challenge to see how fast I can go for a long period of time. All that walking with my grandma and aunt is paying off.’ Shawanna went on to tell me about her running ‘I usually run 7 days a week but sometimes I take a day off when I am tired. I use running2win.com to track all runs and races. In 2014 I completed 22 road races which is a low number but I had to take it easy because I had hip surgery in the Spring of 2013′, Shawanna replied.

‘My goals for 2015 are to PR in a marathon, and run a sub 18 minutes for a 5k. I am still getting after it. I was really close in the Bunny Hop 5k(Columbia,SC) in April when I ran 18:06. I am running City of Oaks in Raleigh on November 1st where I PR’d back in 2012 with a time of 2:52:38.

sI went on to ask Shawanna what keeps her inspired ‘I am inspired by every runner (beginners, mid-pack, elite, masters). I love to hear about people accomplishing their goals, because it gets me excited about my goals. Chasing times, chasing distances or chasing people are all things that runners have in common. The beauty is that we all have a story that will inspire others so for me it’s all who share in this sport. Just too many to name,’ Shawanna replied.

I then asked her if someone was new to running or walking – what would you tell them, Shawanna replied ‘I would tell them to get a good pair of shoes and start out slow’, remember if the shoe fits wear it :-)!

I asked Shawanna what she typically thinks about while she is running, Shawanna replied ‘ On easy days I typically think about life, work, family, and my running goals. On hard days I am focused on making my assigned times for the workout.’

shawannaShawanna stated, ‘I am an ambassador for the Skechers Elite Team and  I have a coach that does all the thinking for me about training.  I don’t really have a nutrition plan that I follow. I just make sure to have a balanced diet with all the essential nutrients.

To conclude I asked Shawanna if staying active helped with her career, Shawanna replied ‘YES! I am a Physical Education teacher so it helps to live the part that I am trying to encourage others to do.’

Be sure to follow Shawanna’s journey on Facebook @ peachrunner!!

Thanks Shawanna and good luck completing your goals for 2015!!!