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Wearsafe Running Ambassador Spotlight: Debbie W.

Meet Debbie W., one of our Wearsafe Running Ambassadors.

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Debbie has been running for the past 25 years and has completed 27 marathons — and counting! Learn more about her running routines, goals and her first hand review of the Wearsafe personal running safety device.

Name:
Debbie W.
 
Age:
59
 
Home Base:
La Quinta, CA
 
Where to find her:
Check out her awesome blog:  coachdebbieruns.com
Follow Debbie on Instagram: @coachdebbieruns
 
Favorite song to run to?
I actually love to listen to books when I run!
 
Run solo or with others?
Both! I run solo most of the time, with my husband when our schedules line up.
 
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How long have you been running & why do you love it?
I started running in 1992! I guess that's 25 years. I love that it keeps me healthy in mind and body. Plus I'm a bit competitive, so I love that aspect too!
 
What was your biggest achievement as a runner? What obstacles did you overcome to get there?
I've run 37 marathons with a personal best of 3:16. I also have exercise induced asthma, which can stop me at any time.
 
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Debbie crossing the finish line with her husband at the Honolulu Marathon 1996.
If you could relive any race you’ve done in the past, which would it be?
I'd love to relive my first marathon, which was in Honolulu in 1996. I have such great memories from that one!
 
Are you training for any upcoming races? If so, which one(s)?
So far this year I just have a few half marathons on the schedule. The first is the San Diego Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon on June 4. I was at the first ever Rock 'n' Roll Marathon back in 1998, so it's the 20th anniversary both for the race and for me!
 

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 “One last #runrocknroll photo… recap coming tomorrow!”

What’s the biggest race on your bucket list?
I would love to do Boston. When I was younger I qualified many times, but many years and injuries later, I'm not sure if I could do it again. Still, I'd love to try.
 
Favorite way to fuel up: Before, During, & After?
Before is usually a banana, during I use Nuun for hydration and either GU or my homemade gel. After I'll start with a smoothie, then move on from there.
 
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"Good morning, Sunshine! 
What’s your go-to spot for awesome running gear?
I usually get my shoes from Road Runner Sports. I wear Skirts Sports (I'm an Ambassador) and I love everything about them.
 
What's your favorite brand of running shoes?
 
What are a few of your favorite running blogs?
 
What are your running essentials?
Aside from my Mizunos and Skirts, I need my Garmin, my Road ID, and of course, my Wearsafe Tag!
 
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How has Wearsafe changed your fitness routine?
Since I feel more confident when I'm running with Wearsafe, I'm able to get an earlier start and get in better runs during the week.
 
What’s your favorite thing about Wearsafe?
The sense of security I feel, plus the ease of use.
 
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“...I'm a little off the beaten path for this adventure, so I was sure to wear my @wearsafelabs Tag. It is #nationalsafetymonth after all...“ 
What’s your favorite way to wear your Tag?
I usually clip it on my sports bra or skirt.
 
What are your running goals for 2017?
To stay healthy, and enjoy my running. I'm past the age of setting PRs, so I just run for the joy of it now.
 
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Where do you look for fitspiration?
I get a lot in inspiration from the blogs I read. My husband, who is 10 years older than I am and is still going strong also inspires me.
 
What was the best training advice you ever received?
Don't underestimate the importance of recovery. This is when you recharge and get stronger.
 
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What advice would you give to new runners, or people just getting back into running?
Take your time! There is nothing wrong with combining walking with your running.
 

Stay tuned for our next Wearsafe Running Ambassador Spotlight! To learn more about #TeamWearsafe and #ReclaimYourRun, email us at ambassadors@wearsafe.com!

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