TSR Runner of the Week-Tara Schneider

By: Kayla Dodd

Congratulations to TSR Runner of the Week Tara Schneider! She has been on her running journey for 5½ years now and loves it! Her first race was the Ironton St. Joe 5k in August of 2012. Her current 5k PR is 22:36, her 10k PR is 50:46, her Half Marathon PR is 1:53:15 and her Marathon PR is 4:29:59. One of Tara’s running goals is to someday qualify to run the Boston Marathon!

When asked what motivates her to run Tara said, “In the beginning, I ran to lose weight. Now running means a lot more to me than just being in shape. I started a Run Club at the school where I teach. The students at Dawson Bryant and my two daughters are my main motivators. I want to be a good role model for them.” She said that the weirdest thing that she has seen while running was during her first marathon, in Louisville Kentucky; there was a gentleman running the race without shoes or socks.

Tara’s upcoming race calendar is full! She said that she is currently on a half marathon streak!! “I ran the Gatlinburg half marathon in September and the Nationwide half marathon in October. My plan is to keep the streak going by running the Marshall half marathon in November and the Country Music Highway half this December.”

Her dream races are the Boston Marathon and the New York City half marathon. Her favorite running/motivational quote is, “Walking out the front door in the hardest part.” Tara’s best experience from running was when she ran the Nationwide Children’s Hospital half marathon. She said, “Each mile honored a child that had once been a patient at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. They were there with huge smiles and high fives.”

Hokas are her favorite brand of running shoes and her favorite piece of running gear is her flipbelt! She said that she uses her flipbelt to keep her keys and phone safe while she is running. Her furthest distance that she has ran was a Marathon (26.2 miles)!!

When asked what advice she would give to a beginner runner she said, “You can be a runner. So many times I hear people say they would love to run but they can’t. Anybody can be a runner. That is the great thing about this sport. You don’t need a special talent or skill. Just keep putting one foot in front of the other and you got it!”

Running has benefitted Tara in many ways over the years. Running has taught her that anything is possible. She said, “I know with hard work and dedication I am capable of doing anything I set my mind to.” Congrats to Tara on all of her running accomplishments. Team TSR will see you at the finish line!

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