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FFFC Runners’ Series – Meet Julie


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FFFC: Please introduce yourself to our readers (i.e. your name, occupation, hobbies, etc.).

Julie, Management Analyst for the Social Security Administration. My main hobby is coaching college cheerleading. I spend most of my free time at practices, games and competitions. I also enjoy reading when I have a spare moment.

FFFC: When did you start running regularly?

Hmm…last Spring, I think?

FFFC: What inspired you to start running?

RAMONA!!! And the fact that I needed to get my butt into shape.

FFFC: What do you like most about running?

Running makes me feel so accomplished when I’m finished. I’m tired and sweaty, but I know I’ve just done something so good for my heart and body.

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FFFC: What do you consider the greatest challenge with this fitness routine?

Finding the time to maintain a consistent routine. That, combined with the fact that I hate running on a treadmill, really limits my running options.

FFFC: Where do you prefer to run?

Outside! Running on a treadmill is soooo boring.

FFFC: What is the furthest you have run?

5 miles

FFFC: Do you run with any special running groups or partners?

No…though I am trying to get my husband into running.

FFFC: What are your current running goals?

I want to start running races. I’m planning to run my first 5k in March and I would LOVE to work up to a half marathon. (We’ll see how the 5k goes first lol).

FFFC: What other training do you do besides running?

Mostly classes offered at my gym (Body Step, Cycling, Pilates, Body Pump and occasionally Tae Bo).

FFFC: What has been your biggest accomplishment to date?

Losing almost 15 pounds!

FFFC: What is next for you?

One of my New Year’s resolutions is to get more consistent and begin running races. I’ve already got 5k distance running on my own, so I want to test that out in a race. Once I’ve got that under my belt, I plan to start working on a 10k training program.

FFFC: How can readers learn more about your running journey? (i.e. Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, etc.)?

Umm…facebook?

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FFFC Runners’ Series – Meet Kelly!


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Featured Fitale Runner
December 4, 2012

FFFC:  Please introduce yourself to our readers (i.e. your name, occupation, hobbies, etc.).

KT:  Kelly Tribble Spencer, wife, mother, and wannabe superwoman with far too much on my plate. I am a government mule (work for Social Security Administration). I enjoy swimming, bowling, card making, and wine (especially drinking the wine). Lately I have become addicted to the various apps on my iPhone. I am going to start deleting them – they’re serious time wasters!

FFFC:  When did you start running regularly?

KT:  I started running in April 2012 with a program called “FIT” which is Females in Training.

FFFC:  What inspired you to start running?

KT:  My son is a cross country runner. You almost have to be a runner to be a spectator at a cross country race. After attending a couple of races, I knew I wanted to be able to run so I could catch him throughout his races and cheer him on.

FFFC:  What do you like most about running?

KT:  Like? Well honestly, I am not sure how much I like running. I like the changes in my body. I like that I am stronger. When it’s nice outside, I like looking at the world around me. I like the little nods I get from other runners – that nod that says we are part of an elite group.  I love that I can watch my son’s entire race. I can run and catch pictures of him at 3 or 4 spots on the course.

FFFC:  What do you consider the greatest challenge with this fitness routine?

KT:  Winter is my greatest challenge. This is my first winter running and I am not a happy camper.  I am just beginning to adjust to the cold weather. It’s pretty hard on my knees, my breathing, and my skin. I will be ecstatic when warmer weather returns.

FFFC:  Where do you prefer to run?

KT:  Outside in the open, fresh air. Treadmills are the devil.

FFFC:  What is the furthest you have run?

KT:  Should this be farthest? 8 miles. I know it will seem like a small number to elite runners. But I am super proud to say 8 miles. I’m going for 10 tomorrow.

FFFC:  Do you run with any special running groups or partners?

KT:  I started with a group and that really helped me get going. We ran from April to July, when I ran my first (graduation) 5K.  I started running with Black Girls Run in August, the day after my 42nd birthday. Someone told me about BGR and I was intrigued – mostly because the stereotype is that black girls DON’T run. So I showed up to one of their runs and have been hanging in there ever since. I also went back to my first group for a fall session.

FFFC:  What are your current running goals?

KT:  To run faster, longer, and stronger.  To do that I just keep adding on the mileage slowly but surely.

FFFC:  What other training do you do besides running?

KT:  I just started some strength training via a Boot Camp class. The exercises are phenomenal, but I hate getting up early and going to a class. So I purchased all the equipment for home and have been doing the workouts in my family room! I’d love to go to a yoga class. I am famously inflexible and it has become worse since I started running. So, I am quite embarrassed to do a yoga class. Actually, I’d like a yoga personal trainer for one or two months just to get me set on a regular path.

FFFC:  What has been your biggest accomplishment to date?

KT:  Running is my biggest accomplishment. As a person who has been fairly thin (but not very fit) all of my life, I have never stuck with any type of fitness regimen for longer than a couple months. I didn’t pick something easy, I chose running.  Just being able to say, “I am a runner” is a huge accomplishment for me.

FFFC:  What is next for you?

KT:  A half marathon – actually 2 of them.  I am registered for one in April and another in June.

FFFC:  How can readers learn more about your running journey? (i.e. Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, etc.)?

KT:  I have a blog where I post about life in general http://freetobekelly.blogspot.com/  I find it really quite witty when I re-read my posts. Honestly I am terrible at posting, though I  have promised myself that I will do better in 2013. Maybe if someone actually reads it, I will get better with writing.  My run app posts my runs automatically on my Facebook page and I generally post my accomplishments and challenges there as well. Now that I think about it, I really should document this journey. It’s been awesome!

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Welcome to the FFFC Runners’ Series


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This month Femme Fitale Fit Club will be offering a new series of weekly interviews. Welcome to our Runners’ Series! We are excited to bring you four interviews this month from runners at all different levels. I recently read about the following benefits of running on http://www.active.com. Check out these ways that running can make you healthier:

1. Research shows that running can raise your levels of good cholesterol while also helping you increase lung function and use.

2. For women, running can actually help to lower your risk of breast cancer and reduce the risk of having a stroke.

3. Running is one of the best forms of exercise for losing or maintaining a consistent weight.

4. Running can force your body to exert excess energy and hormones thus relieving stress.

5. Running can provide a noticeable boost to your confidence and self-esteem.

6. After only a few minutes of running, your brain will start to secrete hormones that naturally improve your mood thus treating forms of depression.

We hope the information provided in these interviews will answer your burning questions about running, encourage you to try the sport, or perhaps empower you to step outside of your comfort zone! We know there’s a LoLo Jones or Carmelita Jeter residing inside each of you so………………..come out, come out WHEREVER you are! 😉


Ramblings of a Road Runner


That’s my newest race Bling Bling…compliments of completing the Baltimore Running Festival Marathon Relay on Saturday, October 13th with my Team Southern Soles! There were 27,000 people from around the country and 24 other countries out there getting their run on!!!  So much positive energy in the air from those who were running their very first 5Ks to those who were running to qualify for the coveted Boston Marathon!  The race started at Camden Yards and proceeded through Druid Hill Park and the Baltimore Zoo down to the Under Armour Headquarters around the Inner Harbor through Patterson Park over to Lake Clifton High School around Lake Montebello and back to Camden Yards for the finish!  PHEW!!!  The prize to the top finishers was $25,000!!!  I had a chance to chat with the Race Co-Founder, Senator Catherine Pugh, while cheering others on at the finish line and she told me that they started the race in 2001 with only one category and around 6,500 runners.  It has since grown by leaps and bounds in runners and into four categories:  5K, half marathon, marathon relay and marathon!  There is also a Kids Fun Run…truly something for everybody at this one!  For all the future FFFC runners out there, this race is definitely one to consider for 2013!

Me with Sen. Catherine Pugh, Co-Founder of the Baltimore Running Festival

And now I’m currently at 451.95 miles and 9 races completed for the year!  Next up:  10. Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K on this Sunday, October 21st.  Please still consider making a donation to my fundraising for…

As a St. Jude Hero, I have committed to raise $500 for the kids of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  Will you help me support St. Jude by donating today? Please click the link below to help me meet my fundraising goal!  Thanks for all consideration given!!! http://fundraising.stjude.org/site/TR/Heroes/Heroes?px=2013286&pg=personal&fr_id=3631

I’m out!  Be-Beep!!!  😉

 Ramona is a wife, mother and fitness fan!  A dedicated fitness buff, Ramona is committed to staying in shape using a variety of methods and constantly challenging herself.  She is currently training for the St. Jude Memphis Marathon where she will be running her 2nd Half Marathon this year.  Her previous was the New Orleans Rock & Roll Half Marathon in March 2012.  Good luck on your race Ramona – Femme Fitale is rooting for you!!

 


Ramblings of a Road Runner


Submitted by: Ramona

I set a goal at the beginning of the year to run, walk or crawl 624 miles and 12 races in at least 5 different states in 2012.  I’m currently at 441.8 miles and to date I have completed the following races:

1. Presidential MLK 8K – January
2. Rock n Roll New Orleans Half Marathon(LA) – March
3. DC’s Cherry Blossom 10 Miler – April
4. Philly’s Broad Street 10 Miler(PA) – May
5. Metro Delta Torchbearer 5K – May
6. Baltimore Women’s Classic 5K – June
7. Black Girls Run! Drive to End Hunger 5K(GA) – September
8. Great Prostate Cancer Challenge One Mile Fun Walk(with my son & men from my church while honoring my dad who is a SURVIVOR!) – September

For the month of October I have three races:  9. Baltimore Running Festival Marathon Relay(MD), 10. Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K and 11. Marine Corps Marathon 10K.

Some of these races are also training runs for me as my last race for the year will be 12. St. Jude Memphis Marathon – Half Marathon(TN) in December.And with this race, the states challenge will be MET…God willing and the creek don’t rise!  🙂  

As a St. Jude Hero, I have committed to raise $500 for the kids of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  Will you help me support St. Jude by donating today? Please click this link to help me meet my fundraising goal!  Thanks for all consideration given!!! http://fundraising.stjude.org/site/TR/Heroes/Heroes?px=2013286&pg=personal&fr_id=3631

7 miles on tap for me this weekend in the Baltimore Running Festival.  I’ve never run this race before but it’s Baltimore’s BIGGEST at 27,000 runners.  Hoping for a FUN TIME for me & my relay team!  Please wish Team Southern Soles(representing TN, GA & South Cacky Lacky) some Fun, Fellowship & a Finish in the upright position…that’s what matters to me in this racing game! 😉

 Ramona is a wife, mother and fitness fan!  A dedicated fitness buff, Ramona is committed to staying in shape using a variety of methods and constantly challenging herself.  She is currently training for the St. Jude Memphis Marathon where she will be running her 2nd Half Marathon this year.  Her previous was the New Orleans Rock & Roll Half Marathon in March 2012.  Good luck on your race Ramona – Femme Fitale is rooting for you!!

Thank you for sharing your inspirational story with us!


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