Meet Tera H., one of our Wearsafe Running Ambassadors.
Tera has been running for the past 3 years and is currently training to run her first full marathon this fall! Learn more about her running routines, goals and her first hand review of the Wearsafe personal running safety device.
Council Bluffs, IA
Where to find her:
Follow Tera on Instagram: @thalverson23
Favorite song to run to?
Run solo or with others?
I love to run solo to get lost in my thoughts, but I also love running with my daughter! It's so much fun to have that time with her.
How long have you been running & why do you love it?
I've been running for three years now. I love it because every run is a challenge for me. I have severe asthma and when I can fight against it, it makes me feel so strong.
What was your biggest achievement as a runner? What obstacles did you overcome to get there?
I'm a slower runner and have had a goal of breaking a 3 hour half marathon. It took me two years but the moment I did it is one I won't be forgetting. I was lucky to start running with a pacer and when I told him my goal he made it his goal to get me there!
If you could relive any race you’ve done in the past, which would it be?
San Lorenzo River Trail Run in Santa Cruz, CA. I would just love to run through the Redwood Forest again. It was breathtaking!
Are you training for any upcoming races? If so, which one(s)?
I'm always training for something. My husband and I are both runners, and we have a race just about every weekend! It gets crazy, but we are forever training!
What’s the biggest race on your bucket list?
Right now, the Route 66 Marathon in Tulsa, OK. It'll be my very first full marathon. I'm terrified and excited all in one. I just can't wait to cross that finish line!
Favorite way to fuel up: Before, During, & After?
I don't usually eat before I run, but I love to take Health Warrior Chia Bars and some Nuun with me during my runs. If I run a big race — then after is a burger! If it's just a regular run, then I usually make myself some avocado toast and eggs.
What’s your go-to spot for awesome running gear?
I love a good running skirt, so I do a lot of shopping with Skirt Sports.
"The soul of the land can best be felt by the soles of our feet."
What's your favorite brand of running shoes?
What are a few of your favorite running blogs?
I love reading race recaps — so anytime a friend on IG posts their recap I read it.
“#flatrunner is ready the The Longest Day event- to raise funds and awareness for the care, support, and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association.”
What are your running essentials?
How has Wearsafe changed your fitness routine?
With Wearsafe, I'm not afraid to explore new paths. I don't have to sit and plot out my route before I leave home (to make sure my husband knows which direction I'm heading). Now I can head out the door and go wherever the wind and my feet take me. I love having that freedom.
What’s your favorite thing about Wearsafe?
I love how small and discreet it is and I also love that if you need to send a Wearsafe Alert the map literally shows exactly where you are at! I've tested it a few times in some really obscure places and my husband was able to locate me each time!
"Today is my day, today I will seize the day, I will explode with positive energy and be all I can be! Why? Because I CAN!!"
What’s your favorite way to wear your Tag?
I like to wear it with the clip attachment and I clip it onto my sports bra under my shirt. It's so small that it doesn't interfere with my movement.
What are your running goals for 2017?
My biggest goal is to run my first full marathon. I'm super ready to do it this November!
Where do you look for fitspiration?
There are so many amazing runners on Instagram that I follow, but my main inspiration is my four kids. They definitely make me want to push harder and do my best.
What was the best training advice you ever received?
Run your own race! I know what paces I'm capable of running and I can't worry about what other people are doing.
What advice would you give to new runners, or people just getting back into running?
Take it one mile at a time. One day at a time. Don't get caught up in what other runners are doing. You know your body and what you are capable of doing. Every mile counts, and it doesn't matter if it's fast or slow. It's all the same mile.