New Balance and RootsRated have teamed up to profile runners making a difference in their communities. We asked each of our runners a series of questions to learn a little more about what running means to them, where they like to run and what are some of their running goals.
Betsy Sloan, 38, and mother of two, began running because she was 'ridiculously uncoordinated' for other sports. She's since rarely missed a week for the better part of 25 years.
Do you belong to any running groups? Formal or informal?
I have been a member of an informal running group for 11 years now. We have run two 'Hood to Coast' races and one 'Reach the Beach' together. I look forward to every Saturday and Sunday morning when we meet up. Everyone talks and we catch up on each other's lives. We have great parties, and they are the best people in the world. It is the best way to start my weekend.
I run trails every Sunday morning with my running group and the yellow trails at Percy Warner Park are my favorites. Recently, with the time change, we've not needed headlamps and the trails are perfect.
Morning runner or after work?
More and more, I am starting to be a morning runner. With children and work and obligations at home, there is just not a lot of choice but to get it done early.
Treadmill. Yes or No?
The treadmill has to happen on occasion. It makes me value the outdoors for sure. I think that anyone who runs has to realize that a treadmill will sometimes be a part of training.
Do you run year round? Winter-outside or in?
I absolutely run year round, but on a rainy winter morning, I usually hit the treadmill.
Favorite pieces of gear?
Honestly, right now it's my New Balance Fresh Foam shoes. They are meeting all my running needs and they are absolutely hip enough to wear with a rolled up pair of skinny jeans. It is fabulous to be able to look chic with them at the airport and pop out the door of the hotel for a run. I also love peanut butter GU, and it is a staple for my long runs. I also love my Garmin 910XT.
What's your routine? Describe. Coffee first? Out the door fast or slow transition?
My morning routine is a cup of iced decaf coffee that I brew myself at the beginning of every week. I mix it with chocolate coconut water and it is a little bit of heaven at 5AM. I don't do caffeine, but oh how I love coffee.
Favorite post race / long run activity/approach to recover?
My favorite recovery activities are swimming and yoga. I swim 3-4 days a week and I have seen my running injuries virtually disappear since doing so. I religiously take a yoga class after my long runs on Saturday.
Bucket list races?
My bucket list race, that is not really a race at all, is the Rim to Rim, across the Grand Canyon. Also the StumpJump, the Bell Ringer, some of the Seven Sisters series and sometimes I get interested in the Flying Monkey!