Run Long ~ Run Strong: How old are you?
Monica Briggs: 32
RLRS: Tell us a little about yourself (kids, married, job)?
MB: I am a working mom to a 1.5 yr old. I am trying my best to juggle work, motherhood and typical life “stuff” while getting back into a running routine.
RLRS: When and why did you start running?
MB: I started running in 2011 when a friend suggested that we do a half marathon together. I ended up the only one who trained for the race. Even though I have hated running previous to that training, I learned to love it. It was a great way to relieve stress and have alone time to myself.
RLRS: What keeps you motivated to train?
MB: I love the idea that running gives me something to improve on, whether it be run faster or longer.
RLRS: What are your hobbies outside of running?
MB: Predominately cooking and baking! I love trying new recipes or creating my own. Other items on that list are listening to podcasts and audiobooks, dabbling in a crochet project here and there, and learning about personal finance.
RLRS: What is your favorite race?
MB: Mad Half Marathon in Waitsfield, VT. Beautiful scenery, great pizza nearby for carb loading pre-race and a cool river to soak your legs in post-race! It also holds a special place in my heart since the second time I ran it I was pregnant with my son.
RLRS: What is your bucket list event?
MB: Great Wall Marathon
RLRS: What is the funniest thing to happen to you during a race?
MB: My friends like to joke about the long time I spent at the aid station of a trail half marathon. Didn’t necessarily happen to me, but it was about me. I guess I was pretty hungry and tired so I spent a decent amount of time going back and forth eating and socializing before heading back on the trail!
RLRS: What is your proudest race moment?
MB: Finishing my first 50k. It was challenging since I struggled with IT band issues towards the end of my training. I pushed through after getting my leg taped up at the med tent and got to the finish line! It wasn’t pretty but it was the longest distance I had ever completed.
RLRS: What is the one thing you wish you knew when you first started running?
MB: Cross train with weights, it’s so beneficial!
RLRS: What is your best piece of advice for new runners?
MB: Don’t compare yourself to others!