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Robin L.

Robin L.

Tell us a little about yourself (kids, married, job)?
I am divorced, have 2 boys and I run a day center for people with Alzehimer’s/Dementia and special needs adults. I live in Athens, GA – home of the UGA Bulldawgs.

When and why did you start running?
I ran some in high school and jogged with friends to try and stay fit. I really started running when I started working as a Social Worker in a trauma Emergency Room to deal with the stress of that. I’ve been doing it ever since, so about 9 years. First I ran to deal with stress (and still do) then I got really into the mud races and ran competitively there and about 2 years ago moved into the ultra running world.

What keeps you motivated to train?
Having a run schedule helps get me motivated to get out the door. I also try and remember that some runs are great and some are…not great. This year I have been working on focusing on the positive….I get to do this, I get to be out in nature. It’s a struggle to not focus on the negative but I’m working on it. So many of my clients would love to be able to do a 1/3 of what I can do, I try and remember that.

What are your hobbies outside of running?
I love the gym so I lift weights several times a week. I like to read when I have time. My boys are involved in activities so between work and Mom duties it keeps me busy. Most of my friends are not runners so spending time with them is a great break from running.

What is your favorite race?
Probably my 1st 50 miler (my pic is from that). My race got cancelled due to COVID so a friend and I went and ran some beautiful trails. I think it being my 1st 50 miler and doing it with a friend and no race hype, aid stations, etc made it really special.

What is your bucket list event?
There are so many great races I can’t pick. I want to use racing as a way to go new places and see new sights. Stealing from Courtney DeWaulter “It’s really cool to see where your feet can take you”.

What is the funniest thing to happen to you during a race?
I face planted in a puddle. I jumped up and looked around (of course) to see if anyone saw that. There was no one around. I didn’t realize though, until I got in my car, that when I fell I splashed mud all over my face. So everytime I passed people they would ask if I was ok and I couldn’t figure out why. It wasn’t till the race was over I realized I basically had a mud mask with sweat lines.

What is your proudest race moment?
My last 50 mile race – due to COVID got rerouted to an out and back. I LITERALLY passed my car 6 or 7 times. It was so hot, raining, humid, awful! But I didn’t quit and finished. I hated that race but I didn’t quit.

What is the one thing you wish you knew when you first started running?
How hard increasing miles feels and that is totally normal. Having already been a runner I was not prepared for how sore I would be sometimes. I remember telling my friend I think my body is not made for these miles. I just needed to give it time to adjust.

What is your best piece of advice for new runners?
It feels hard for everyone but if you keep going it gets better. Especially in the first 2 miles – they are liars.

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