October 2019-Heather Spencer

Q: Tell me a little bit about yourself. (Where you’re from, what you’re doing now…etc.)

A: I have lived in many states, but Rapid City has been my home for almost 10 years.  It has been a perfect place for my family to establish roots since we are all outdoor enthusiast.   My husband and I have been married for 29 years. We have three amazing sons.

Q: How long have you been running and how did you get started?

A: I started running when I was in elementary school as cross training for gymnastics.  I picked it up again in college for a stress break and exercise. In my late 20s, I developed an over-use injury that required a semi-permanent break from running.  18 years later, Tami Petersen shared her enthusiasm for the Runner’s Club. She persuaded me to give it a try. It is now 4.5 years later. I am hooked once again.

Q: Would you rather run with a group or alone?

A: Both.  I love the group runs.  The interactions and fun of the group ARE priceless; plus, the support and encouragement is limitless.  I know if I can make it to the group run, I will be glad I went. My solo runs are great for clarity and for honing in on technique.

Q: Do you prefer roads or trails? 

A: Both.  I love running in the trees and along a twisting trail out in the middle of nature.  I also love leaving my front door on foot, getting some fresh air, and not having to watch my step.

Q: What is your favorite distance or race?

A: 5-6 is my favorite distance for going out for a run.  8-13 for a race.

Q: How do you stay motivated when you don’t want to run?

A:  I sign up for a race.  Then I commit myself by telling the runners group.  They will provide all the motivation and accountability anyone needs.

Q: If I didn’t run, I’d …

A: Walk, hike, bike, paddle board, etc.

Q: What do you find to be the most rewarding thing about running?

A: The feeling of accomplishment and serenity after each run.

Q: Do you have a pre-race ritual?

A:  Use the bathroom, headphone check, warm up, use the bathroom

Q: What are your running goals for the future?

A:  55k at Antelope Canyon in March.  Please let this winter be easier for outdoor running than last year.

Q: Who inspires you most?

A: My husband for his unyielding support and understanding, The Amazing Wild Bunch Group and the entire Runners Club. I am inspired by so many people.

Q: What advice do you have for new runners?

A: Look for the reward in every run.  Whether it is simply that you got out there or that you got a personal best.