Blyss Running Champion ~ Meet Liz K.


I'm so happy to write that the Blyss Champion series will continue in 2018! I love so much hearing your stories and feel certain others do as well.
This month we meet yet another Liz! That's 3 Liz's in the past year. They may have the same name and love for running, but their stories are so different. All have different backgrounds, reasons for running and are pursuing different goals, but the common denominator for them and all of us is our practice of running and what that gives to each of us.
Liz came to Blyss Running via Facebook which was a nice surprise for me because sometimes I wonder if anyone sees any of the BlyssRunning posts! She owns a couple of skirts and some shorts, but her 'go to' skirt is the Trail Skirt.
Meet Liz.....

When and why did you start running? What’s your story?

I'm a mother of a 6 year old daughter & married for 8 years. When not working at my full-time job in the insurance industry, I enjoy my personal space and dedicate a few hours a week to my hobby of running. I picked up running over 30 years ago after I went on a 2 mile run with my older brother who was training for acceptance into the Marine Corp. & I hated it. Although, something about running that day with him seemed to challenge me & soon I was running 5Ks. In those days, there was no bling at the finish line! It was only in the last 17 years that I enjoyed running longer distances (anything over a 5K). I've completed 2 full marathons, 36 half marathons, numerous 10-milers, 10Ks & 5Ks.

I ran my last full marathon in San Francisco in which I did fundraising for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The reason I chose The Society is because I lost my mother to blood cancer in 2007. Furthermore, my dad was diagnosed with Lymphoma in 2008 & is now a 10-year survivor. Since then I've participated as much as I can to help raise funds & awareness of blood cancers through running.

I have a personal lifetime goal of running a half marathon in all 50 states & to complete 100 half marathons. I don't have a time limit, a desire to compete against others and I don’t try to keep up with others because running is my own pace, place of peace & where I can test my own limits to see what I’m capable of in each race I do. I call it the “3Ps of me!”  I may be 98 years old when I'm done, but that’s all perfectly fine by me as long as I’m able to keep running—fast or slow.

When I'm not running & spending quality time with my little family, I enjoy gardening & cooking new recipes from my many cookbooks from chefs off the Food Network. 

My favorite Blyss Running piece is the black (Trail) skirt that got me through a very rainy San Antonio half marathon that I participated in with Kathrine Switzer. In addition, I wore it to the Virginia Beach half marathon last September. They are made with great material & simply stay in place in all the right places with no movement.

{ with Kathrine Switzer }

If you could go on a run anywhere, where would it be? Your ideal run?

It’s a toss up between 10 milers & half marathons. My favorite race was my first full marathon in 2006. My mom got to see me finish & was my biggest cheerleader throughout the whole route! 

If you could go on a run anywhere, where would it be? Your ideal run?

My ideal run would be along an oceanfront anywhere in the world but with a flat course. 

Favorite pre or post run food?

Pre & post for half marathons: egg whites, toast & 2 tbs of peanut butter; crackers or pretzels, any type of electrolyte drink & if the race offers it—a celebratory beer 🍺 

Do you cross train?

Yes, weights & cardio boot camp on DVD & lots of stretching 

 Do you use a GPS or track your mileage and if so, which one?

Garmin 235

What have you learned/gained through running?

I’ve learned that intervals (run/walk method) do not make me any less of a runner! Most of all, always try to have fun, enjoy the pre & post race festivities & stop to check out the scenery around you. Take pictures of your adventures & look back on them to see how far you’ve come! 

{ Virginia Beach Half }

Your next running goal?

To run a half in at least 3 new states in 2018. 

 

Find Your Blyss,

Alyson

 


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