By Emily McLaughlin
This week I checked in with Robyn from Run Pretty Run Fast, a blog about “running fast with style.” I’ve been following Robyn’s blogging about race training and favorite running gear for some time now. Recently, I reached out to ask the genius behind Run Pretty Run Fast a few questions about where she find motivation in her day-to-day life. Read on to see what Robyn had to say:
What made you start blogging?
I was working on a leadership book for a class I was teaching and it had us list our talents and passions. My list was remarkably short. Outside of running what else was I doing that I was good at and passionate about? Well I loved writing but was I any good at it? Not so sure but this leadership talked about the importance of practice and to me that clearly made sense with running so why wouldn’t it make senses with writing? So the blog was born!
What was the inspiration behind Run Pretty Run Fast?
I struggled with naming my blog for a while. I sought friends feedback… and nothing. How does one name their blog?! Then one day I saw someone use the hashtag #runprettyrunfast and I just knew it was the prefect blog title. I love running fast but I’ve also always loved style and fashion so it seemed like a good fit (though most of my post really are about running).
What is your favorite piece of running gear (practical, fashionable or both)?
Do I have to pick one?! I have three go to brands right now: Oiselle, lululemon and Nike (I am from Eugene). I’m obsessed with Oiselle’s Lesley Running Tight and distance shorts. The Lesley Tight’s material is perfect for colder running and holds-up really well in the rain and the fit is super flattering. The distance shorts are the most flattering shorts I own, not too long not too short and also great in the rain. It’s my go to short for any workout with lots of pockets and great range of motion for fast days.
lululemon has my two go to pieces: the racer back tank and all sport bra (you don’t even want to know how many of these I own). The cuts are simple and the colors are great and the function can’t be beat (I mean it’s hard to find a good flattering sports bra right?). I also love the tanks because they are nice and long (and lulu will hem them if they are too long for you).
Finally I’m in love with Nike’s Pro line long sleeve and short sleeve shirts. I have to size up in them or they are way too tight but I love the length and the fabric is the prefect about of st retch and weight. The line is very flattering (but again I’d recommend sizing up or they might be too tight- they are supposed to be a base layer).
Do you have races planned for 2013? What are you training for now?
Right now my plan is to run the Eugene Half in April and Ojai full in May. I’ve been sidelined with and injury for most of February and part of March so we’ll see how quickly I bounce back! This summer I’ll run some local races and of course relay races (my favorite). I plan on running Ragnar NWP, will hopefully land on a Hood to Coast team and then I’m looking at a few other Ragnars. Depending on how Ojai goes I’ll most likely race a fall marathon but that’s still a bit TBD.
Who (or what) inspires you most? Is there a person you look up to? Is there a quote you like to live by?
My dad has always inspired me. He started running when he was 40 and he couldn’t run around the block. By the time he was 55 he was running sub 3 hour marathons. In high school I used to run with him and his masters running group, they are some of my most cherished memories.
The other two people who have inspired me are Harland Yriarte and Cathie Bellamy Twomey. Harland runs a running camp (Steens Mountain Running Camp) for high school kids that pretty much changed my life. My first trip to camp was after I found out I had cancer. It was easily removed but I was still struggling with it. He taught me that life was hard and we all had obstacles to overcome and that we could sit there and feel sorry for ourselves or get up and over come them… I chose the latter. My second summer at camp was 8 months after nearly dying from a misdiagnosed ruptured appendix and I continued to learn what it meant to work hard and fight for something.
Cathie’s a former world-class runner that helped me high school and college. She’s incredibly inspirational and often time believed in me more than I believed in myself. She was always there to talk me through my doubts and push me to be the best runner that I could be.
I’d say my faith in God and Jesus is what really grounds me though. I might be hard to explain but I really do think running is a gift. I’ve met so many amazing people and friends through running and learned a lot about myself. It’s also been a great outlet for me. There’s nothing like and early morning run before the world is awake. It’s one of my most favorite times of the day. I try to have fun on my blog (I think humor is medicine for the soul) but I think I’m able to have fun because I know it’s a gift and I’m thankful for it.
Thank you, Robyn, for sharing your story! You can follow Robyn’s journey on her blog, Run Pretty Fun Fast. Stay healthy, stay happy, stay motivated, everyone!