TSR Runner of the Week-Heather Adkins
By: Kayla Dodd
Congratulations to TSR Runner of the Week Heather Adkins! She has been on her running journey since 2009 and is loving it! Her first race was the Run for Your LIFE 5k in Portsmouth, Ohio in 2009. Her current 5k PR is 27:00 and her half marathon PR is 2:15 and she has also completed a marathon!!
Her current running goal is also a long term goal and that is to continue running well into her future years. She said, “I also want to motivate others to run, walk or even bike. Get Moving!” Heather said that her friends and family definitely motivate her to run.
When asked what one of the coolest and/or weirdest things that she has ever seen on a run she said, “During one of our practice runs for the Marine Corp Marathon (MCM), it had just gotten dark and a car drove by and egged us!”
Heather continues to run and train and will participate in upcoming races this summer on some of her free weekends! She stays busy with her kids and summer ball, so finding free weekends for races is tough right now but she also hopes to run in the Marshall Half this year in November! Her dream race is the NYC Marathon in New York, City.
Her favorite running/motivational quote comes from her running group at church, and on the back of their shirts is Hebrews 12:1, “And let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”
When asked her best experience from running she said, “Finishing the Marine Corp Marathon (MCM) 2015 and running the Emerald Isle Half in North Carolina in 2016 with my 2 sister in laws and having the rest of our family at the finish line.”
Her favorite brand of running shoes are New Balance and her favorite piece of running gear is her shoes!! “I’m definitely a minimalist when it comes to running, but I guess I’d have to say my NB shoes are my favorite piece of running gear and I have a Garmin 405 that my husband bought me several years ago.” Her farthest distance she has ran to date is 26.2 miles at the Marine Corp Marathon!
When asked what advice she would give to a beginner runner Heather said, “Don’t give up. Just keep running, it’ll get easier, I promise!” Running has benefited her in several ways. “Although running can be exhausting at times (in a good way of course) I feel like it gives me energy and helps to keep my body feeling young.”
Running benefits us all in a huge way and for heather, running has changed so much over the years for her. “I remember when I decided that I was going run a 5K, I had to wait several months for the event because there just weren’t that many 5K’s. I trained several weeks and when I got to the race I only knew a couple people. But now, you can pretty much pick a race any weekend and there are so many men and women of all ages, including children, participating and that’s what makes running great!” Congrats to Heather on all of her running accomplishments. Team TSR will see you at the finish line!