Yes, the SARA HALL.
Photo credit: Brian Fitzsimmons
This Sara Hall (her bio- read it, in all of it’s glory).
Sara Hall is one of the nation’s elite female distance runners and runs every race with purpose. Hall won the 2012 American title at the USA Cross Country Championships and took home a gold medal at the 2011 Pan American games in the 3000-meter steeplechase. She is a stellar road race athlete and has won several prestigious races including the Drake Relays Grand Blue Mile and the US National Road Mile Championships. She finished first in the 1500-meters at the Millrose Games and is a two-time world team member for the United States at the world indoor track and field championships. The seven-time Stanford University All-American had an impressive collegiate career, finishing third in the 2003 NCAA Women’s Cross Country Championship where she led her Stanford Cardinal to a team title.
Hall is married to Ryan Hall, an Olympic long distance runner and fellow Cardinal All-American. The Halls founded The Hall Steps Foundation in 2009 to raise money through their passion for running to fight poverty through better health, and continue to use their desire to help others guide them as they hit the pavement with purpose.
She is pretty. And tiny. And su-weet. So very nice, charming, friendly, and free with running advice.
Plus, this girl runs FAST.
You can imagine that I was a tiny nervous to interview her, after
wogging jogging walking running the Muscle Milk Light ZOOMA Texas Women’s Half Marathon back on March 31st. I mean, here I come, all sweaty, stinky, and gasping for breathe. OK, I wasn’t really gasping for breathe but I was HOT and TIRED.
We introduced ourselves and away our running conversation went. I peppered her with a
million several questions about running and she pretty much reaffirmed everything that I had read previously.
- Everyone’s gotta start somewhere. If you aren’t ready to run right away, then start with walking and eventually add in some running segments (can we say Couch 2 5k anyone?!)
- Hydrate hydrate hydrate, especially with the good ole Texas heat.
- Get a good pair of running shoes and fitted properly.
- Pick a training plan and do it.
- Eat properly (this is the hard one for me). Also, make sure to fuel properly before a long run.
- If you want to get faster, then you have to have some faster training runs.
- Sara’s No.1 tip for a new runner is to have fun! Enjoy the process and celebrate the journey that you’ve worked so hard for (I love this).
We talked about her family, her mom starting to run, her husband and how they juggle their training schedules.
I’m positive she shared so much more but my brain was pretty mushy by the time we chatted.
She was SO nice.
Sara is currently training for the Summer Olympics in the 3000m steeplechase– qualifiers happen in late June. Can you join me in sending her some major running mojo? I think she would do an excellent job representing the United States in London!
Also, don’t forget- you still have time to register for Run the ‘Hood 2012!