One of the things I love most about running is all the other amazing runners out there! So I have been interviewing some of my favorite runners and sharing their stories with all of you!
Today, my Feature Interview is the cutest couple I know – Brian & Lindsey.
Brian and I went to high school and college together but after conducting this interview, I remembered that I actually met Brian in 8th grade when I thought it would be fun to run cross country (it wasn’t. My love for running came later in life). I met Lindsey when she and Brian started dating during college. And I am so glad they are still in my life today! They are seriously the cutest couple ever and they are perfect for each other.
Tell me a little about yourselves.
Brian – I’m 29 years old and work in transportation sales. I went to college at Indiana University. Go Hoosiers! I enjoy watching almost all sports especially Colts football, Cardinals baseball and IU basketball. I’ve been married to my beautiful wife for over 4 years now and the things we enjoy most are traveling and running!
Lindsey – I am 29 years old and work as a radiologic technologist. I went to college at the University of Southern Indiana. I live in Evansville, IN with my husband. We have been together for almost 10 years and married for 4 of those years. My birthday is a day before his. Yes, he married an older woman. 😉 I enjoy spending time with family and friends, and we LOVE to travel. Oh, and I’m a serious chocoholic.
How long have you been running?
Brian – I started running cross country and track in the 6th grade. I ran track from the 6th grade through my senior year in high school. I ran cross country through my sophomore year in high school and then I decided to player soccer my junior and senior years. I didn’t start running again on a regular basis until I moved back to Evansville a few years after college.
Lindsey – I actually hated running in high school. For soccer we had to do “the run” before every practice. It was only about 1.25 miles, but I thought it was the worse thing ever. I also did track in high school for 2 years. It wasn’t until late in college that I started running and really enjoyed it.
What made you decide to start running?
Brian – I started running track and cross country because I enjoyed it when I was younger. Outside of my school’s team competitions, my dad and I would run some of the local races. In college and shortly after I never considered getting back into running until Lindsey ran a half marathon. I remember how proud I was of her after her first half marathon and how excited she was. I lived in Minneapolis at that time and she lived in Evansville. That following spring I moved back to Evansville, and she encouraged me to get back into running and train for the Evansville half marathon with her that fall. I have been running regularly ever since then.
Lindsey – I started running shorter distances for exercise. I was in Nashville, TN one weekend and met up with a friend (Mallory) who had just ran a half marathon. Hearing her talk about the race, and the fact that she was still able to walk that night was enough to peak my interest. She told me that Evansville has a half marathon in the fall, and that there was a running group called Team 13 that puts on a 13 week training program. I signed up with Team 13, ran my first half marathon in 2009, loved it, and have been running since.
What is your favorite thing about running?
Brian – My favorite thing about running is that it’s an individual sport but can be enjoyed with the company of others as well. If you’re a competitive runner, you get out of it what you put in and don’t have to rely on others. If you’re a casual runner, you can still enjoy it just as much as an elite athlete. Anyone can run, it just takes the right mentality and willpower to start.
Lindsey – My favorite thing about running is that I can do it with my husband. It is something we both really enjoy. We don’t always run side by side (Brian is faster than me), but it is nice to share a love for running. When we do run together, Brian always pushes me to run better and faster, and he puts up with my whining. It’s nice to have him to motivate me. Since running with Brian, I have noticed an improvement in my times. Another favorite thing about running is the camaraderie among runners. I really like talking with others and hearing their stories, whether they are seasoned runners or new to the sport.
How many races have you done?
Brian – 10 half marathons, 2 marathons, 1 marathon relay, too many to count 5k, 10k, etc.
Lindsey – 11 half marathons, 1 marathon, 1 marathon relay, many 5k and 10k.
How do you support each other during your training and races?
Brian – If we’re both training for the same race we hold each other accountable to our training schedules. Whether we’re training for the same race or not, we help each other to stay motivated and reach our goals.
Lindsey – We both understand the training process. It can be very time consuming. We give each other time to do so. If we both aren’t running the same race, we are there along the side of the road in as many places along the course as possible cheering the other on.
Do you have a favorite race you’ve done?
Brian – If I had to pick a favorite race, I would say it’s the Bayshore Marathon in Traverse City, MI. It’s not because I ran the perfect race or hit my goal time, but rather because I struggled late in the race with cramping. I learned more about myself during that race than any other race that I’ve run. Aside from my personal experiences during the race, it’s tied with the Mount Desert Island course in Maine for the most beautiful course I’ve ran.
Lindsey – I don’t really have a favorite, but if I had to choose, I would choose my most recent race, the Mount Desert Island half marathon in Bar Harbor, Maine. I say this because it was one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. It wasn’t an easy course (very hilly and pretty cold), but it was beautiful. The course was along the rocky coast of Maine. It was October so the leaves on the trees were at their peak fall colors.
What is your most memorable running/race experience?
Lindsey – My most memorable race would have to be the Chicago Marathon in 2013. It was my first marathon, and I ran it with Brian and my sister, Jennifer. It was a perfect day for running. The crowd support along the course was awesome. It was 2 to 3 people deep pretty much the whole way. Brian, Jennifer, and I ran the whole thing together. It was probably one of the most difficult things I have ever done, but it was also one of the most amazing things I have ever done. And to cross the finish line with my husband right next to me was the icing on the cake.
Brian – As Lindsey stated, running our first marathon in Chicago and crossing the finish line together is an experience that I’ll never forget.
Do you have any running goals?
Brian – I want to be able to enjoy running as a lifelong sport. I don’t have a set number of races I would like to complete, but would like to be able to run healthy and injury free for a long time. However, I would love to be able to run all the World Marathon Majors, but I’ll just set my sights on the U.S. ones for now.
Lindsey – I eventually want to run another marathon. I’m not sure when that will happen, but one of these days, I will get the guts to sign up for another one.
Are you currently training for any races?
Brian – I currently don’t have any major races on the schedule. I’m going to see how training goes this winter to determine my next race.
Lindsey – I am not training for any races at the moment. I’m not one that wants to run a half marathon every other month. I like not having a training schedule all the time. I just like to go run whatever I feel like running that day whether it’s 3 miles or 7 miles. Having a training schedule is nice for motivation though. On days that are harder to lace up the shoes, it’s nice to have that race in mind to push through those off days.
What is your favorite race medal/memorabilia?
Lindsey – My favorite race medal is probably the one from the Mount Desert Island half marathon. It’s a lobster claw! How cool is that?
Brian – Ditto!
How has running made an impact on your life and/or relationship?
Brian – This may sound cliche, but I think running makes me a better son, friend and husband. I can take life’s problems into a run and come out of the run with a better mentality. On some days running is a way to tune out the noise of life and have that hour or two to myself. Other days, it’s great to run with my running group and enjoy the company of fellow runners. People often ask me why I run so much. Is it because it’s good for you? Although that is a benefit, that has never been the reason why I run. If I only did things because they were good for me, I wouldn’t each so much ice cream! 🙂 Running helps me focus, helps improve my mentality and has brought about some great friendships over the years.
Lindsey – Running has made me a better person. I really do believe that. Obviously, running is good for my health, but it is also good for my soul. I’m a much happier person when running is consistently a part of my weekly routine. After a long day at work or when life gets crazy, a run always helps me put things into perspective. When running, I can feel the stress being released from my body. Running 13 miles was something I didn’t think was possible, but after I put in the training and ran my first half, I was on cloud nine. Not only had I done something that I didn’t think was possible, but I also felt great. It was proof that I could do anything I set my mind to.
Seriously, aren’t they the cutest couple ever?
Who is your running inspiration?