Running Inspiration: An Interview with Sarah Turner

Long-distance runners spend hours training every week, and months preparing for their next race. It can be challenging to stay inspired when you really need to go the distance.

That is what inspired our new series where we interview inspiring long-distance runners who have set and achieve huge goals for themselves. This weeks interview is with avid runner, Sarah Turner.

How did you first get into running?

I ran a bit when my kids were younger… not sure why I stopped. But I went years without running. Then before my 40th birthday, I made myself a checklist of things to do – one of those things was to do the Couch to 5K training program again. And another was to run an actual 5k. Somehow, once I finished that first training program, I kept going… and instead of running a 5k that year, I ran a 10k.

When did you run your first half-marathon?

I ran my first half marathon (I’ve never done a full) this April.

What inspired you to run your first half-marathon?

Busting through goals and setting new ones is a big motivator to me. I had done a 10k and a 15k – the half seemed the obvious next step.

How many marathons have you run?

I’ve run two half marathons.

How often do you run?

I run 3 – 4 times a week.

How many miles do you run per week/month?

I’m trying to rebuild after taking two months off from a massive case of shin splints. I’m currently around ten miles a week in my training program as I prep for Ragnar Del Sol this February.

Describe the training process for a marathon. How did you prepare- both mentally and physically?

Training programs are key – my first half, I used the Nike Training Club app. The second half, I did a plan with Another Mother Runner. Having a plan is essential for me so I can schedule my runs, my life. Mentally preparing is harder. I get intimidated by long runs, and have to quiet my brain and tell myself, “Don’t think, just go.” (Another big thing? “Trust your training.” Doesn’t matter if I’ve done all the work, my brain is still freaking out on race day!)

What do you find to be the most rewarding thing about running?

Finding out that I’m capable of doing so much more than I thought – it’s the only thing in my life where I can see the results so immediately: set the goal, do the work, achieve. If only more of life was like running.

How do you stay motivated when you don’t feel like running?

That whole “Don’t think, just go” philosophy comes into play again. Often, I’m fine once I start moving. But I give myself permission to scrap it if i’m hurt – there’s only so much we should really have to push through.