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Running has given me the mental and physical strength to move forward in life. It has provided a sense of freedom and empowerment to assist me in conquering my daily challenges. To me running is the key to many solutions. My best thinking has been produced from a good run. It is my go to thing to feel better about myself and about this thing we call life.
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I run because it is the quickest way to feel revived and alive! It allows for a sense of freedom that I have not experienced from any other sport. Knowing how great and alive I will feel at the end of my runs is my main motivator.
I usually run early morning. But at times I like to change things up a little and attempt to confuse the body by running at different times of the day. If a long run is on schedule and my legs are still sore from previous runs, I will break up the mileage and run the larger portion in the morning and leave a few miles for the end of the day. A good headlamp and the NoxgearTracer360 vest comes in handy during the early morning or late evening times
I usually am a road runner, but when I want more of an ankle workout, I will hit the trails. I truly enjoy the Norwalk River Valley Trail that is located in Wilton, CT. It brings beauty from the tall trees, challenging rolling hills and several bridges that tend to flex a little which provides cushion to the legs and feet at just the right time.
I tend to change up my sneakers. I go back and forth between the and the Hoka One One Cliftonv6. Switching between brands of sneakers allows for different pressure points and muscles to be activated
My running goals are to increase my weekly mileage to 40-50 per week. I am now at 30 per week.