Pam Sanders – July 2016 Runner of the Month


1) How long have you been a runner and what sparked your interest to begin running?

I started running on-and-off while I was in college in the 1980’s.  As with many, it provided a means of weight loss and control was the initial reason that I started running but I found that it was a great way to manage or ease stress.

2) Where are some of your favorite places to run? I live in Ocean City.

I love to run here but I also enjoy running as a way to explore a new city or area that I may visit.

3) What is your “fuel” of choice (aka pre/post workout meals, supplements, etc)? What are your favorite recovery foods after running?

I do not have any real regimented pre or post workout meals or routine but before a race I do get extra rest and like to indulge in some of my favorite meals of pasta and pizza.

4) What are some of your goals/accomplishments as a runner?

In addition to countless 5k races, since I started running them in the early 1990’s, over the past four years I have completed two half marathons per year and I would like to fit a third one and do a Rock and Roll half in the near future.

5) What are two hobbies outside of running you enjoy doing?

I have relocated permanently to the beach because it is all about the beach.  When I am not running I like to travel, hike, bike, kayak, read, and simply relax on the beach.

6) What do you love most about running?

I like the stress relieving properties but since I have been a member of the OCRC and run in more events, I love the encouraging atmosphere and social culture that the sport provides.  Also, I can do it anywhere I go.

7) What’s your most embarrassing running moment?

This is an interesting question.  I would have to say, when I was twelve years old I played softball and I was the catcher on the team.  I typically wore sweat pants over my uniform shorts, in the event that I had to slide.  During one game, I failed to tighten the cord, so while rounding the bases to third base, the pants ended up around my ankles and I had to slide head-first into third base.

8) How do you juggle busy life/running?

Although I don’t have children, in my opinion I do have a very busy life of work, family, and volunteer roles.  In the end, it is all about prioritization.  I know that I need to run for stress relief and fitness; therefore, I actually have appointments on my calendar to run, yoga, etc, which includes acting as the lead runner for the Saturday morning runs in Ocean Pines.

9) What’s your favorite race and why?

 My favorite length race is probably the 10k run, because I feel that I don’t really need to train, but I also love to run races with friends to encourage and be encourage.  The running club is a great way to stay connected and be motivated.

10) What are your favorite stretches after running?

I do some very basic stretches and lunges before I run but I often forget to stretch after I run.  My mantra is start, finish and don’t get hurt, so to say the least I run slow. I am fortunate to have not suffered too many injuries but periodically, I strain one of my shins.

11) What part does running play in your life?  (Are your loved ones runners?)

My boyfriend does support me in my running endeavors and my brothers introduced me to running but this is manly a sport that enjoy with friends.

12) Why did you start running (aka, health, family, friends, or something else entirely)?

 See question Number One.

13) What is your favorite cross-training activity and why?

My favorite cross training activities is yoga and bicycling.

14) What is your biggest accomplishment or what are you most proud of in your life outside of running?

Although we all have challenges, in general, I am proud of how I have lived and live my life day-to-day, but if I had to actually point to one accomplishment it would probably be completing my graduate work, while working full-time, and caring for my elderly father.

15) What advice would you give a newbie runner?

I would give the advice to simply stick to it (the commitment) and find shoes that feel comfortable, provide the proper support for you and motivate.  The new runner needs to just put one foot in front of the other, over and over again, and know that one day they will see results.


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