Adrienne Knight

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Q. Tell us a little bit about who you are and what you do for a living?
A. I'm Adrienne. I'm a part-time Online Copywriter for Salt Lake Magazine by day, and I bar tend at night.

Q. How do you balance your exercise regime and your professional life?
A. I'm lucky, I have a pretty flexible schedule during the day, so it's pretty easy for me to integrate running with work.

Q. When and why did you start running?
A. I started running really recently – last March. I started because a friend of mine, an avid runner, encouraged me to do so. I don't do it for exercise – to me the physical benefits are awesome but secondary. The primary reason I do it is for meditation. I really Zen out when I run, or I really struggle. Either way I use it as an opportunity to train my mind.

Q. What motivates you to go out there, when you do not feel like it?
A. I guess what motivates me is knowing that I'm going to feel so much better about whatever it is that's causing me to not want to go, if I just go!

Q. What is the longest distance you have ran?
A. A half-marathon, 13.1 miles.

Q. What gives you the confidence to run in the streets?
A. I'm just in my zone, I don't really think about it I guess.

Q. What do you think about the lack of exercise among the youth?
A. I think it's really sad and very dangerous. I think it has horribly damaging ramifications not only on children's physical health, but mental and emotional health as well.

Q. What was your best running experience?
A. My best running experience was when I ran 10 miles for the first time without stopping or walking once. I was with my friend Drew, who got me into running. We were dead silent after we hit the 8 mile mark, which was previously my furthest continuous distance. There was just this understanding that speaking might jinx it or something – you know runners and their superstitions lol! Anyway, as we approached the car and my Garmin beeped 10 miles, we just started laughing and high-fived and hugged, no words needed! Such a great feeling.

Q. What was your worst running experience?
A. I ran headlong into running (pun intended!) and ran way too much way too fast. At the end of my first month (I'd run 85 miles) my knee started to hurt. I hoped it'd just work itself out but it kept getting worse. I continued to run on it. About two weeks after it started I went out to run. It was a beautiful frosty morning. About a half mile in my knee just buckled. I cried and cried as I limped back to my car. I was really afraid that I “just wasn't built for running,” a common myth. That was my worst running experience.

Q. How do you push through the pain?
A. I just remind myself that it's temporary. As you settle in to your run it gets better.

Q. What advice can you give somebody who wants to start running?
A. Don't get discouraged early on. Running is HARD. Way more people would do it if it were easier. Give yourself credit for each little victory, because they're YOUR victories. Stick to it. It takes time to get better. And don't increase your mileage too fast!

Q. Which Social media sites are you on and how can one follow you?
A. I'm not huge on social media, I only really use Instagram. I have a running account @runningtofly

My best running shoes are...
... Asics

I love running because…
... It makes me feel strong

Injury is … 
... F*cking annoying!!

My body is… 
... Stronger than I give it credit for

My running playlist has… 
... Running water, wind in the leaves, crunching gravel, birds...etc. I don't ever listen to music when I run.

I hate running when…
... It's HOT

Pain is…
... Temporary

The road… 
... Is an invitation

Sweat is… 
... Satisfying!

In the future, I would like to run… 
... The Canyonlands Half Marathon

Indie means… 
... Free, independent, joyful

I do not like runners who…
... Look down on or scoff at runners who aren't as accomplished as they are. We're all in this tribe together and whether it takes you 12 minutes or 6, a mile is a mile.


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  1. It is quite good that you have such flexible time for you to have some exercise because it is important to have exercise on daily basis as it keeps us fresh and energetic but I do use to go to an osteopath to get of my anxiety because i do not have that much flexible time to exercise.