I am so excited to share with you this month’s Running Inspiration Interview with Anne from one of my favorite dietitian/running blogs – Fannetastic Food. Seriously, she is such an inspiration for me as a private practice dietitian, a runner, and a very successful blogger! If you have not checked out her blog, seriously do! But first, read her interview below 🙂
Tell me a little about yourself
Hi! I’m Anne, Registered Dietitian with a nutrition counseling private practice and healthy lifestyle food/fitness/travel blogger at fANNEtastic food. I work for myself full time, doing a combination of my private practice, the blog, and some group collaborations, like my Joyful Eating, Nourished Life virtual intuitive and mindful eating program and my Nutrition for Runners program.
How long have you been running?
I didn’t fall in love with running until my mid 20’s! Before that, I was always active, but with various sports. I remember having to run 2 miles once for tennis practice in high school and complaining SO much about it!
What made you decide to start running?
I used to run occasionally in college and the years after, but it wasn’t until I found a running buddy that things really clicked for me. My friend Ashley and I trained together for my first 10 miler in fall 2009, followed by my first half marathon (<- recap) in summer 2010 – and I realized that running was not only something I loved but also an amazing way to spend lots of undivided time with a good friend. Now, many of my closest friends are my running buddies – nothing beats that quality time together!
What is your favorite thing about running?
Getting out in nature and enjoying fresh air and beautiful scenery with a good friend – especially at sunrise. This sunrise I blogged about back in 2013 was the most gorgeous one I’ve seen on the run to date. Some of my other all-time favorite run dates: running the Cherry Blossoms (I live in Washington DC) and running the DC Christmas Tree Lights!
How many races have you done?
So many! My race medal and bib holder is kind of overflowing – racing is so fun and addictive! I’ve done almost 20 half marathons and 3 full marathons, as well as a bunch of shorter races (and some mud runs/obstacle races). You can see all my recaps and PRs on my running page.
What was your favorite race and why?
Probably my first full marathon, the Richmond Marathon, (<- recap) in fall 2013. It was just one of those magical races – I felt amazing and finished strong and proud. There’s nothing like the feeling of crossing a finish line of a race.
What was your most memorable race or running experience?
That’s a tough one! I just ran the Marine Corps Marathon (<- recap) this fall, which was very memorable because of how hard it was – I crashed and burned hard and had to really struggle and dig deep to make it to that finish line. Sometimes I think the tough races and runs are the ones that matter the most, though – they prove that we can do anything we set our minds to.
What is your favorite race distance and why?
I love a good 10k, 10 miler, and half marathon. Those are my sweet spot – not too crazy long, but still a very good challenge. I think I’m retired from full marathons for now. 🙂
Are you currently training for any races?
Not right now – I’m considering a half marathon in the spring, but haven’t decided yet. For now, I’m enjoying just running for fun and “training for life”!
How has running made an impact on your life?
Running has taught me that I’m tougher than I think. It has also really driven home the importance and the power of positive thinking, both when running and also in normal life. If you think something will suck or will be hard, it will be – basically, you can’t change circumstances, but you can change how you react to them.
What kind of nutrition strategies do you use to facilitate performance and/or recovery?
Fuel early and often! Once you hit empty on the tank it’s hard to get back from that – so you want to be really proactive. One of my favorite running fuels is my homemade nut butter stuffed salty dates – you can throw them together right before heading out the door, and they are a delicious combination! I ate so many of those while marathon training this fall. My homemade sport drink is also worth trying. 🙂
Anything else you want to add?
Please come check out my blog and say hello – I share quick meal ideas, easy healthy recipes, and lots of running and fitness related adventures. 🙂 Happy running, friends!