Hi I am Leah Weitzman, I'm 45 years young and live with my hubby, daughter, cocker spaniel and orange Tabby in Cincinnati Ohio. I work at a local hospital as a Medical Technologist ( we are the people that run all the tests the DR. orders). I began my running career somewhat differently. When I was 37 I wanted to try to get into shape, but was working 3rd shift. I started walking on my breaks and after a year I did my first 5k. I came in 3rd in my age group and was bitten. I took a year off due to a job change. At 38 1/2 I was sluggish and feeling 'belch' and the clothes were getting tight, so I joined a Couch to 5k at a local running store, with the intention of being in the walker group. Fortunately, I was misplaced into a running group, and at 38 1/2 I officially became a runner. Up until this time I never considered running an option. As a kiddo I almost flunked gym because I couldn't run a mile. I had played Rugby off and on through my 20's and early 30's, but running to me seemed silly, that was for skinny young things. I was old, fat, and tired. Thanks to some great running buddies( are there any other kind) and really great mentors, I'm still at it 6 years later.
Favorite distance? And /or favorite race you have run?
My favorite distance I would have to say is a 10k. Why because I always finish really strong in those and I just seems the right distance for me. I do however run anything from a .31 mi to a 13.1 miler. One of my favorite races is my home town race, The Cincinnati Flying Pig. The course is awesome, the crowd exuberant, and you can get a selfie with Elvis. The after party ain't to shabby either.
If you could go on a run anywhere, where would it be? Your ideal run?
There are two places on my running bucket list. The Key West 1/2. I'm a Parrot head and a margarita afterwards at Captain Tony's would make my race. The fact that its held in January and it would be just right temps doesn't hurt either.
Favorite pre or post run food?
After my runs I I would say my favorite food is a slightly green banana, but the beverage of choice is a beer with great running friends, Stout in the winter and Berliner Weisse beer in the summer.
Do you cross train?
I haven't in the past, but over the past year and half, I've been paying the price with injuries. Now I do!! For the past 6 months I have been taking a pilates for runners' class and it helps.
Do you use a GPS or track your mileage and if so, which one?
I really don't track my mileage per say. I have a Gramin 235 that I use, but I post it to Facebook only when I remember. So nothing official.
What have you learned/gained through running?
I have actually learned a lot about myself through running. I'm stronger than I appear. I have a stubborn streak ( I'm not letting being in a boot stop me from doing a 1/2. I don't recommend this BTW), and I actually enjoy exercise and getting sweaty. It makes me feel like I accomplished something no matter the distance. I have also learned to enjoy my runs, its not all about winning. A mentor of mine in the beginning said you are 99.999% guaranteed not to win the race so you might as well enjoy the run and I have took this to heart.
Your next running goal?
My next running goal is to break a 2hr 30 min 1/2 marathon. I have been trying for the past 3 years. I'm always on track until about mile 10 then I hit my wall. So I'm working on improving my form, strength, trying to stay injury free and getting rid of bad eating habits, so I can bust through it.
Find Your Blyss,