We love meeting and connecting with other runners -- it's one of the reasons we started this business, and is one of the deep meanings behind the unusual name for a running brand "OnlyAtoms". We met fellow runner and run blogger Jen Haught, who's based down in Garner, NC, and wanted to hear here interesting running story. Read all it here on "A Runner's Life", where we ask runners 7 questions and get some interesting answers...
Describe what RUNNING is to you, in 5 words or less.
How did you get started running and/or what inspired you to run?
I’ve run on and off since junior high, but I really got into running when I heard about Team in Training in 2009. A family friend passed away from Acute Lymphoblastic Lymphoma and I wanted to do something to honor his memory (you can read his story here) . So, I signed up with Team in Training and decided to run the Disney Half Marathon. Since then, I’ve tried to do at least one half marathon a year.
Your favorite running moment? (anything -- achievement, event, people, race, place, etc)
I have two actually. The first one is from the Disney Half Marathon in 2009 when my aunt and uncle, who has since passed from cancer, came to cheer me on. I came flying through Cinderella's castle and there they were. I was so excited to see them.
The second moment was just recently at the TCS NYC Marathon. I have tried numerous times to finish a marathon and I finally did with husband and parents cheering me on in November. It was an amazing feeling to finally cross that finish line and be able to call myself a marathoner!
Who/what do you think you'd be like today if you did NOT run?
Most people run to release their frustrations and anxiety , when I run it’s a challenge. I feel frustrated and anxiety sometimes because it is such a challenge for me, runs are never easy for me, but that it is what I like. I like that I really have work hard to accomplish something, and if I don’t accomplish my goal, I try again and again and again if necessary! The release of frustration and anxiety comes AFTER the runs or races for me. So, if I didn’t have running I’d be a person that would back down from challenges and just give up after failures.
Why do you keep on running? and running and running...
I like the feeling of accomplishment after a run, no matter what distance. After having two knee surgeries and being told I probably wouldn’t be able to run long distances, I feel pretty damn lucky that I can even run at all.
What is your favorite post run/race indulgence?
Promised Land Chocolate Milk
Oddest, most unusual, weirdest running experience…
I’ve had a few, most involve animals. I run in the dark a lot so possums and deer have scared the crap out of me on numerous runs. I have an unhealthy fear of birds and a few running partners have had to shamelessly forged ahead into a huge flock of geese while flapping her arms to protect me (thank you, Rachel!). My husband also had to take my arm and run with me through a HUGE cloud of seagulls while I closed my eyes and tried not to cry to get to the other side of the park. I also remember a very cold run when my running partner and I headed out for a ten miler and we stopped to have a drink and our water in our fuel belts had froze!