Runner Wall: Brittany Haynes
Marathoner, NYRR Runner, and Proud Dog Mom.
City: New York, NY
Dream Racecation: Marato Barcelona (Spain)
DESCRIBE YOURSELF AS A RUNNER.
I’ve always enjoyed running for fitness, but in the past couple years have become more competitive. In 2015, I joined the NYRR club team Dashing Whippets. NYRR does an amazing job of supporting the running community in New York City, and most weekends you can find me in central park participating in their races. I’ve placed both 1st and 3rd in my age group in the 4 mile distance in 2015. I ran my first marathon last year (NYC) at 3:31:08 and am signed up for 2016 with the goal of a PR.
DO YOU RUN WITH OR WITHOUT MUSIC?
Usually with. I’ve tried without, I can recognize the benefits of focusing on breathing and stride. But my preference is definitely to have a good beat to run to.
WHEN AND WHY DID YOU FIRST START RUNNING?
I’ve run recreationally for a long time, mainly to stay in shape. My dad was a competitive runner in his prime and suggested doing a race together. We ran a 10k in the fall of 2013 and I ended up doing really well despite no formal training. My dad then pushed me to do more competitive races, and I really ramped up in 2015 by training for and running my first marathon.
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST RUNNING CHALLENGE, AND HOW DO YOU PUSH THROUGH IT?
When you start running all the time, something ALWAYS hurts. So juggling the need to log miles for training with the potential of facing injury is a huge struggle for me. It’s a balancing act.
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST PROUD RUNNING-RELATED MOMENT?
Hands down, the 2015 NYC Marathon. For 2 reasons. #1 – I got in by fundraising for a breast cancer charity, and my mom is a 2x survivor, so you can imagine that it made it an emotional experience. Less importantly, I was coming off of a foot fracture injury I suffered at the end of 2014 that put me in a boot for 5 weeks. My goal was to spend 2015 recovering and getting back into my running groove. It was huge that I made through training injury-free and surpassed my own expectations for the 26.2 mile race.
WHAT DO YOU TREAT YOURSELF TO AFTER A RACE?
There is nothing better than a good brunch after an early race, drinks included of course! It’s fun if you know other people who participated and you can recap the race with a group.
DESCRIBE YOUR PERFECT RACECATION.
I’ve always wanted to participate in a Ragnar race, which is basically an ultra-distance relay. Many of them span an entire weekend so you camp and spend a lot of time with your teammates. I generally race solo, so I think experiencing that type of comradery would be a different experience and could be a lot of fun. Also they are generally trail races, so some of the locations seem really beautiful.
WHAT ADVICE OR TIP WOULD YOU OFFER OTHER RUNNERS?
Keep it fun. Most avid runners have a love/hate relationship with the sport. Remind yourself why you love it so much on a regular basis. Reinforcing positivity will only make your running game stronger – a lot of it is mental!
WE HAVE ALL THOUGHT TERRIBLE THINGS DURING A RACE – WHAT IS THE WORST THAT HAS CROSSED YOUR MIND?
I ran a summer time 10k last year and it was incredibly hot and I was under-hydrated. I was getting really dizzy and seeing spots towards the end of the race. I thought I was going to die. It took everything I had stop myself from passing out, and I ended up hanging out in the medical tent chugging Gatorade for an hour after the race was over trying to feel normal again.
GIVE A RACE A SHOUT-OUT – WHAT’S BEEN YOUR FAVORITE RACE, AND WHY?
Bay to Breakers in San Francisco. If you don’t know of it, google it and you’ll see why. I ran in a tutu.
WE DO MORE THAN JUST RUN – SHARE SOMETHING NON-RUNNING RELATED ABOUT YOU.
I’m a proud dog-mom. I have a 10 year old shih-tzu/yorkie mix named Jack.
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