Runner of the month - April.
Every marathon runners dream is to qualify for Boston Marathon, it's not an easy journey but the dreams can be accomplished.
We talked with WeRunSF runner Kelly Colyar how to accomplish dreams and become the very best of yourself.
What inspired you to start running?
"I have been a runner since I was six years old. My parents were both competitive runners and I remember attending my older sister, Katie's track meets and being inspired with her speed and love for running. I will never forget competing in my first track meet in the 2nd grade and winning my first race, the 200 meter dash! Ever since that moment I knew I had a passion for running.
Running has always been my escape and something that has helped me come out stronger from all the highs and lows that life has thrown my way. There is no other time that I feel more alive than when I am running because it is a comfort for me because at the end of the day it is something that I can control and keeps me striving to be the best. Running is who I am and who I will always be (God-willing that I’m physically capable!). It's my personal moment to feel my heart, my soul and the real life. Running is a great way to test my personal limits and there is nothing I love more than competition. The feeling of running has always encouraged me to follow my heart and never quit on my dreams. My Father always said to me before track meets in college that I should never give up on something that I can't go a day without thinking about no matter how out of reach it may seem. I have held those words close to my heart and kept that in mind while running the Boston Marathon."
When did you decide to start running marathons?
"I attended Ohio University on a Division 1 volleyball scholarship and competed on the track team for 2 years. I enjoyed competing and thought what better way to continue my running career after college than to partake in some Marathons. My first Marathon was in Cincinnati, Ohio and I crushed it! Ever since that race I wanted to compete in more Marathons and continue to push myself so that one day I would run the Boston Marathon! I did exactly that!! I ran my first Boston Marathon on Monday, dreams come true!"
You absolutely crushed it in Boston this year - 3:11:44 what's your secret to success?
"My boyfriend Jamin, training, and competitive drive! Running in 2 half marathons each month for 7 months leading up to Boston made all the difference. I also had an extra push when I was in Boston. On Monday morning my boyfriend, Jamin completely surprised me by showing at the Dunkin Donuts for my pre-marathon coffee! I could not believe he pulled off the surprise and flew out from San Francisco to support me. When I saw his face I was in complete shock. I knew that I had to run out my heart for him. He inspires me every single day and because of that I wanted push myself to make him proud. I ran Boston for him and thought of him the entire way thinking about how lucky I am to have him cheering me on. My end goal is to always make him proud and that is exactly what I set out to do! I knew Jamin would be waiting at the finish line ready for a big sweaty hug so I made sure I gave everything I had to finish as quickly as possible. I truly believe that having his presence made all the difference and will always be grateful for him and all he has done to help me reach my wildest dreams."
How many miles per week you run and are there any special workouts you do?
"80 miles a week! I will run 10 miles M-F and my long runs will be Saturday and Sunday. M-F I will split up my miles and do 5 miles at 5:30AM and 5 miles around 7pm or whenever I am done with work for the day. The more miles I run during the week the better I feel for my longer runs on Saturday and Sunday. I prefer morning runs but night runs test my limits because I have less energy."
What do you like to do when you are not running?
"Playing volleyball and spending time with my family and friends. I love attending church on Sunday and watching sports. (Go Dubs)"
Who is your biggest inspiration?
"My biggest inspiration is once again my boyfriend Jamin :) He is the most motivated and hard working person I know. He inspires me to be a better person and handle difficult situations with always finding a silver lining. I would not be the person I am today without the unconditional love my boyfriend gives me each and every day. He has been my best friend through all the ups and downs of my life. He believed in me when I didn't believe in myself and pushes me to be the best version of myself. I am forever grateful for my boyfriend at the Boston Marathon and know that my performance is a direct reflection of him due to the encouragement he has given me."
What advice would you give to people who are just starting with running?
"My advice is to find a running friend! I have a best friend that I always share our runs and we compete with each other every day on our nike apple watches. Find someone who is a stronger runner than you to keep you motivated. Having a running friend makes it more fun and gives you a special relationship and that is extremely rewarding."
Thank you Kelly for this interview and we wish you happy trails and hope to see you at our next event.
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