Every few weeks we pick one inspiring dailymiler to be featured on the blog. This gives us a chance to learn the stories of members of the dailymile community. Check out past dailymiler’s of the week or nominate a dailymiler for a future post!
Jodi H. is a runner from Avon, Ohio and she’s certainly a woman with a plan. The first thing I learned about Jodi was that she had passed out during her first marathon and that despite the setback that led to a DNF she pushed forward and again set her sights on the big 26.2. Since then she succeeded in conquering the marathon distance and in the past year, Jodi ran 12 half marathons in 12 months. But she isn’t ready to quiet down for 2013! She’s looking to tackle some time goals, run a certain mileage each month, and to create habits in other areas like cross-training (along with other health-related endeavours). I had the chance to ask Jodi about that fateful first marathon experience, her goal-setting advice and touch upon a few other topics below:
When did you start running?
I ran in high school and through my sophomore year of college (age 20). I then would run from time to time at the gym but I found my way back to running in February 2009 and have been running ever since.
What’s your favourite thing about running?
If I had to pick just one thing I would have to say the feeling of accomplishment after completing a run.
Do you prefer to run with others or solo? Why?
I honestly like both. There are days that I live for my “therapy” runs on the trails with friends and there are days that a good solo run does amazing things for my soul.
What are your plans for 2013? Do you make New Years Resolutions? Can you give advice to others trying to stick to their goals?
I would direct you to my blog for my plans for 2013: http://www.runjodirun.blogspot.com.
I do not make New Years Resolutions, but instead I create a “to-do list” for the year. As far as others trying to stick to their goals, my best advice is to keep a record of it (dailymile, excel spreadsheet, etc) because it will help keep you accountable and honest. Also, take things one day at a time and breathe.
What has been your favourite race thus far?
My favorite race was the 2011 Columbus Marathon. I had a great race and finished in 4:10:11 which was 5 minutes ahead of my goal. I also had wonderful support from my amazing friends which made it that much more memorable. Most recently, my favorite race was the Savannah Rock N Roll 1/2 marathon as I walked all 13.1 miles with my best friend! It wasn’t about the time on the clock that day, it was about enjoy time with a friend.
I learned that you passed out while running your first marathon. What happened, and how did that fuel or sap your motivation to retry the monster distance?
Yes, I passed out at mile 25.52 of my first marathon. I woke up in an ambulance and finished my race in the ER. I later found out that I was dehyrated and lacked the necessary electrolytes and salts needed to be successful in the race. My first run back I was terrified but I made it and that was a great thing. I went back to the same course a year later to “conquer the demons”. Thankfully, I had the support of my amazing friend Dave. He helped me through that race as I had anxiety attack after anxiety attack on the course. I did finish it just under 6 hours and swore I would never run the Cleveland course again. I am happy to say that I ran the 1/2 marathon there in 2012 and I officially conquered those demons!!
What’s your favourite race distance and why?
The 1/2 marathon is my absolute favorite. It is long enough that I don’t have to run as fast as I would in a 5K or 10K and it is short enough that I can maintain a decent pace throughout. The fact that I ran a 1/2 marathon every month in 2012 confirms my love for this distance!
What’s your favourite part of using dailymile?
I love the accountability of it. It keeps me honest and I love all of the support from everyone.
Does style matter when you dress for runs and races? Do you have a favourite outfit?
Style doesn’t really matter to me. As long as I am dressed properly for the weather, I am happy! I honestly don’t have a favorite outfit but I do have a favorite shirt. It is an Under Armour shirt and it says: “Don’t Be Last”.