A Runner’s Story: Charity Wright
Posted by Jenn F. on Wednesday, April 25th, 2012
Today we have a conversation with Charity Wright, not-so-average working mom and super runner. Charity has been seriously getting into half marathons and marathons, so let’s talk about how she runs!
Healing Feet: How long have you been running?
Charity Wright: I ran track and cross country in high school and college, but post college, life got the better of me and I stopped for the most part. The interest was always there but there were a few stops and starts until July 2011. I decided to run my first half marathon then and started training seriously for it. In short, I am sort of a newbie–but am totally in love with the sport and what I’ve accomplished so far and cannot wait to cross the finish line of my first full marathon this fall.
HF: How do you motivate yourself?
CW: I am motivated by other runners. Reading running blogs, interacting with the running community online and just seeing other runners out there is often enough to make me lace up and get out the door. Writing about running also gives me an outlet for my obsession – without boring my non-running family and friends to death.
HF: Do you have any foot care or footwear secrets to share?
CW: Shoes. It’s all about the shoes. In my previous running life, I never invested in a really good pair of running shoes and paid for it. Shin splints, IT band syndrome, sore ankles…all a result of not having a proper pair of shoes. Every runner is different so educate yourself on what works for your body and have a pro fit you with a pair of good shoes. First and easiest step to a long, injury free running career. I am partial to Brooks; they’ve kept my feet moving and injury free so far!
HF: What is your strategy for preparing for races and marathons?
CW: I like training plans. A lot. For my first half, I used MarathonRookie and found that following a plan really works for me. It helps keep me accountable and organized. As a single working mom, planning is key for me to accomplish my goals and getting it all planned out in advance makes that happen for me. For subsequent training cycles , I’ve used Runner’s World Smart Coach app to develop my plans. You enter several variables and it develops a plan for you; which takes a lot of the guess work out and keeps me training smart so I stay injury free. But I always like to have a goal to work toward. Right now, that is completing a series of half marathons this spring and then switching my focus to training for my first full marathon this fall.
HF: Has your health improved in any noticeable way since you started running?
CW: Absolutely. I used to be a smoker. When I quit 3 1/2 years ago, I gained about 50 lbs. Since I started running, I’ve lost nearly 30 lbs. I also started to view food differently. A lot of women have love/hate relationships with food and their bodies. Running has taught me to look at food as fuel rather than something negative that might make me fat. I also am a chronic migraine sufferer. Since I started training, the frequency of those migraines has significantly dropped — from a couple a week to maybe once a month, if that. Huge difference in quality of life for me. I also sleep better too. So many positive changes!
HF: Do you have any health/nutrition tips to share?
CW: I am not an expert by any means, but I think keeping it simple is key — eating healthy doesn’t need to be super complicated. I focus on the basics for the most part…I try to get enough sleep, drink LOTS of water, and eat clean. I don’t have a lot of time for cooking, so I really just try to make sure my kid and I are eating as much veggies/fruit as we can, keeping the meats lean, and staying away from food that is too processed. Beyond that, thinking of food as fuel for my running helps me make better choices.
HF: What is the #1 secret that you feel every runner should know?
CW: Running is more mental than physical. So much of the ability to do something lies between our ears–telling yourself you can do it when you feel like you can’t. If you can push past that voice you often find out things about yourself you never would have known. And that it all counts. Not to be cheesy, but whether it’s a 14 minute mile or a 6 minute mile– it ALL counts. My favorite running quote sums this up nicely….”Your biggest challenge isn’t someone else. It’s the ache in your lungs and the burning in your legs and the voice inside you that yells ‘Can’t’. But you don’t listen. You just push harder. And then you hear the voice whisper ‘Can’. And you discover that the person you thought you were is no match for the one you really are.”
So true. Thanks for the inspirational thoughts, and best of luck with that marathon training, Charity! To find out more about Charity and her running life, read her blog and follow her on Twitter @mamabird7789.
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