EBR Rock Star: Kyran Pittman
Yay for the first in our EBR Rock Star interview series! Today we’re chatting with Kyran Pittman, who is running her very first 5K (go Kyran!) this Saturday and is part of our Fall Fun Run. She needs a little advice y’all.
1. When and why did you start running?
I began a 5K training app on August 31 of this year, the evening of one of the hottest days of one of the hottest summers in Arkansas recorded history. I’d been cooped indoors by the heat for weeks, and things were about to go the way of The Shining. I just had to get outside and move.
Beyond that impetus, running a 5K is something I’ve been wanting to do since turning 40 a few years ago, as a mental and physical affirmation of strength.
2. As a new runner, what item has been a must-have when it comes to training?
Sneakers. My 5K training app. An engrossing audiobook. I haven’t really gotten into gear, because it might become an intimidation and a distraction. But once I have my first 5K under my belt, I’ll probably reward myself with something that says I’m a “real” runner now. Like one of those dorky looking visors.
3. You’re gearing up for your first 5K ever — go you! Do you have any questions for the community as you prepare for this maiden voyage?
Yes! I got some great tips from my blog readers on this post, but the whole thing is still a mystery to me. Should I carry water? Do I do my warm up walk before, or at the start of the race? Will all the other runners circle me and laugh if I have to walk?
4. What’s your favorite pre or post training snack or meal?
I usually run in the morning after I’ve had a couple of cups of coffee. I grab some wheat toast with peanut butter and drink a little water before I go. I notice my appetite seems to have adjusted to keep up with my new level of activity. If anything, it’s over-compensating. So much for the hope that running would give me a metabolic pass to all the carbs I can eat.
5. Are you inspired by any running bloggers? If so, who?
Kristen of Motherhood Uncensored comes to mind first. We buddied up on a workout program a few years ago, from which I dropped out within a few weeks, while she went on to run 5K. I followed Dooce‘s marathon training with awe, more now that I know what it feels like to run one thirteenth of that distance. I’ve enjoyed following Angela’s 5K progress on Fluid Pudding. And I love Black Hockey Jesus‘ soulful, trippy writing about distance running. I picture him running through the Nevada desert like John the Baptist in sneakers, his head in a cloud of bees.
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Kyran Pittman is the author of Planting Dandelions: Field Notes from a Semi-Domesticated Life, and a frequent contributor to Good Housekeeping magazine. She lives in Little Rock, Arkansas with her husband and three sons, and she blogs at PlantingDandelions.com.