Meet Erin, one of our Wearsafe Running Ambassadors.
Finding herself often training at night, Erin runs with Wearsafe to stay safer on solo runs. Learn more about her running routines, goals and her first hand review of the Wearsafe wearable running safety device.
Where to find her:
Follow Erin on Instagram: @fitsoupy
Favorite song to run to?
I ditched music a long time ago, but I like to chat and dance to other people's music if it is loud enough.
Run solo or with others?
With my running family! I’ll explain later.
How long have you been running & why do you love it?
I've always been an athlete, but I was never a runner. I started running/racing consistently 3 years ago because running was (and still is) the hardest solo workout for me. I've stayed with it for so long because of the people I've met and the fun we have at races. Nothing beats the accountability of my running clubs.
What was your biggest achievement as a runner? What obstacles did you overcome to get there?
Definitely my first marathon in April 2016. It was a huge hurdle for in all aspects, but my biggest obstacle was really myself. I really didn’t care how I crossed that finish line — I knew I was doing it.
If you could relive any race you’ve done in the past, which would it be?
I would love to relive my half marathon PR (personal record) at the Mayflower Brewery Half in Plymouth, MA. I ran this in their inaugural year, and it was on a hot day in June with tons of hills and cold beer at the end. I ended up with a PR, feeling like an absolute beast crossing the finish line (despite the conditions) and taking almost 20 minutes off my half marathon time from the year prior. It was just a great feeling.
Are you training for any upcoming races? If so, which one(s)?
I always have an upcoming race. Races help me keep in running shape and motivate me to be a better runner. My big one this year is the Chicago Marathon in October, though. I'll be running for Team Fox and raising funds and awareness for Parkinson's. Any race between now and then is just a stop on the road to Chicago.
What’s the biggest race on your bucket list?
The Boston Marathon! I've proved to myself that I could finish a marathon. With my recent commitment to Team Fox I've proven to myself I can handle the fundraising aspect of Boston (since I wouldn't qualify). With those being my two biggest hurdles, I know I'm prepared to take it on in the future.
Favorite way to fuel up: Before, During, & After?
During, I'm all about the Powerbar gummies. The orange ones are addicting and I may or may not snack on them on a random Wednesday afternoon.
After a race, I grab my Recover drink from Beachbody , a banana and/or Cape Cod chips (the salt!) before I have a full meal. Those kill any immediate cravings I have and prevent me from eating a 3,000 calorie meal.
“Defender against daylight savings time ⚡️♂️ @beachbodyperformance”
What’s your go-to spot for awesome running gear?
I love Charles River Running in Norwood, MA. I’m there every week for our Thursday Strong Run Club and it is so hard NOT to buy anything. Charlotte Walsh, the owner, is always on the lookout for unique and sometimes fashionable gear. Charles River Running is actually how I was introduced to Wearsafe!
What's your favorite brand of running shoes?
“The way most women feel about a new pair of Louis Vuitton's, I feel for a new pair of @hokaoneone's. Slightly different heel though @charlesriverrunning #hokaclifton3”
What are a few of your favorite running blogs?
I am a huge fan of Kelly Roberts of Run, Selfie Repeat.
What are your running essentials?
Fitbit, Wearsafe, motivational bracelet for those "I can't even" moments, a hat, and running pants with pockets.
“Representing @wearsafelabs tonight at @charlesriverrunning Ladies Night, then off to run the track with @laurenleonardhealth! #wearsafe #reclaimyourrun #teamllh #charlesriverrunning”
How has Wearsafe changed your fitness routine?
I am not a morning person, and I work during the day. Any of my training runs are mostly at night, so Wearsafe has definitely empowered my solo runs. Not only do I feel safer when I need to do a training run alone, but my family feels at ease knowing they’ll be contacted immediately by me if I were in any trouble.
What’s your favorite thing about Wearsafe?
The Tag itself isn’t heavy or large, so you don’t feel like it’s a nuisance while you run. I love that you can clip it anywhere on you and that it stays. When I first bought it, I wore it on me all the time (even at work) and sometimes forgot it was even there.
“Solo hill workout tonight. But am I really solo with my #wearsafe tag? Not really. I also love that my running buddies are jumping on board with this. @wearsafelabs #reclaimyourrun”
What’s your favorite way to wear your Tag?
I typically clip it to my waistband.
What are your running goals for 2017?
I lost a lot of my speed when training for my marathon last April, so I would love to cut down on my mile time and be able to take at least 30 minutes off my marathon time.
Where do you look for fitspiration?
I am a part of accountability groups where I watch my fitness friends share their personal progress. My running friends post almost daily in our private Facebook groups or share their workouts on their personal pages. I also follow runners/fitness experts on Instagram — I love reading about everyone's success stories and what worked well for them.
“Super team, super race, Super Sunday #letsgopats #fckcancer #runningbuddies #sundayfundayrunday”
What was the best training advice you ever received?
Don’t try to make-up a day or redo a bad day. When I first started running I was constantly stressed out if I didn't have a great run or if I was sick and had to skip a run. I felt like I was going to fall behind, which wasn't the case. Bad runs will happen, sickness will happen, injuries too. Take everything as it comes, be flexible with yourself, and trust in your foundation & training. You'll get through it!
What advice would you give to new runners, or people just getting back into running?
Connect with a local running community or group! There are so many amazing running clubs out there that it shouldn’t be a problem. I've learned that running doesn’t have to be a solo workout. Even if you don't have someone at your pace, starting with a group and having them for you at the end is great motivation to finish. You pick each other up when you need it the most and it’s amazing how quickly strangers can become your running family.
Stay tuned for our next Wearsafe Running Ambassador Spotlight! To learn more about #TeamWearsafe and #ReclaimYourRun, email us at email@example.com!