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.