Our Runner of the Week is die hard distance runner, Liz Van Savage. This 49 year old from Shreveport, La started running as a kid when she ran cross country for school and with the exception of brief college weight gain and three pregnancies as down times, this running momma hasn’t stopped her stride at all! Suffering from an IT Band injury a few years back and looking for solutions, Liz read Born To Run by Christopher McDougall and after months and months of training into her 5 Fingers, her injuries had disappeared. Check out what this barefoot bombshell has to say to our running questions!
Favorite place to run? North Shore Maui along the sugar cane fields
What shoes do you run in? New Balance Minimus trail shoes/Saucony Kinvera
Favorite & least favorite workout? It really changes everything if I don’t have enough sleep
What does the voice in your head say when you want to give up? “´Sister, you’ve put the miles in. You’re tough. You can do this. Do it for the kids. You’re not a quitter”
Guilty pleasure? Buying running outfits- I wear them everyday, but I do have alot of shorts, tops, compression socks,shorts, tights! Crazy, I know
One piece of training gear you can’t live without? My shoes! I just love shoes :)
Who or what do you look to for motivation? Hands down it’s other runners. They’re just a truly great group of people. High 5’s all around!
Pet peeve of other runners or races? At the start of a race, some over zealous runners have pushed or elbowed me to get past! Ouch! This has only happened a couple of times and I like to think I passed them at the 20 mile mark!!
Do you have a bad habit? I have to remember sunscreen!!
Favorite pre race/workout snack? Coffee with lots of milk
Favorite electrolyte replacement? Only in marathons: gatorade
Favorite post race/workout meal? Going to Whole Foods for a ginormous salad
In your opinion, what is your biggest achievement? Qualifying for Boston
Lifetime goal? To run for as long as I can – maybe get in Runners World as the oldest runner on record!!
What’s your secret weapon? Sleep, diet and consistency Oh yes, and remember to have FUN!