Christal Ryles

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

It has been a very long time indeed since we posted an awesome runner, but the silence has been broken. We back on the streets with our #WCW

Q. Tell us a little bit about who you are and what you do for a living?
My day I am a Legal Assistant and also a Lifestyle Blogger and Writer. I launched my lifestyle blog over a year ago. I love writing blog posts and sharing them with others. 

Q. How do you balance your exercise regime and your professional life?
Time management is huge for me. Since I have a full time job, blog and train, things can get hectic. I make sure all of my workouts are in my calendar. By doing this, I never miss a workout and I am aware of what needs to be done. 

Q. When and why did you start running?
I started running 11 years ago in college to get healthy and to relieve anxiety and stress. Over the last year I have increased my long distance running to gain strength, clarity and wisdom.

Q. What motivates you to go out there, when you do not feel like it?
Thinking about how far I have come motivates me to get out there. I also surround myself with positive and motivating individuals. My running team, Movement Runners helps stay inspired and motivated. Knowing I will finish strong always keeps me motivated!

Q. What is the longest distance you have ran?
26.2 miles! 

Q. What gives you the confidence to run in the streets?
There is nothing like running in the streets. I love being out there on the pavement, feeling the air and seeing the people pass by. I feel connected with the city. I hope by running in the streets that I am able to inspire others to workout.

Q. What do you think about the lack of exercise among the youth?
Lack of exercise amongst the youth is really unfortunate. My parents made us get out and exercise and I am forever grateful for that. 

Q. What was your best running experience?
Running down Hollywood Blvd during the Los Angeles Marathon. The energy was amazing!!The crowd and the people made me feel as if I were a million bucks. Even though running a marathon was hard, that moment made it all worth it. 

Q. What was your worst running experience?
I tripped over a pothole and strained my left foot after a mile in. I was so excited for that run but I ended up limping my way back and not being able to finish. 

Q. How do you push through the pain?
I redirect my mind to not focus on the pain. I keep repeating to myself “It will be over soon”

Q. What advice can you give somebody who wants to start running?
Start off slow. Start with a power walk and increase to jogging. Do not feel intimidated by advanced runners! We all have to start somewhere. Just Keep Going!

Q. Which Social media sites are you on and how can one follow you?
I am on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and SnapChat.

Instagram: @Christal_Lauren

Facebook: Christal Ryles

Twitter: @ChristalLRyles

SnapChat: @Bravebird24


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