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Always a Runner: Meet Ambassador Sharon Hanks

Posted on November 08 2017

When did you start running?

I started running in high school but back then I was only a sprinter and hated any type of long distance. Anything over 200 meters was hard. It wasn’t until college that I ran longer distances (5k’s & 10k’s) and that was sporadic. It wasn’t until after I had my first child that I really got into running and doing more races.

What inspires you or what do you enjoy most about running?

The people I follow on Instagram inspire me. They all have something that makes me think, wow! As to what I enjoy about running, there is so much. I love the feeling of accomplishing something that I never thought possible (like when I finished my first full marathon). I love that it makes me feel good, I love the runner's high. I love that I have made great friends due to running. I love that it is my "me" time and I love that I am a good example for my kids.

What was your first race?

My first real race was probably the St. Patrick’s Day Dash in Seattle.

What's your favorite race day memory?

My favorite race day memory was running my first sub 2 half marathon with Hubby.

Do you have a running mantra?

When running and things get difficult, I like to think to myself “you got this”.

Gels, Chews, or No Fuel? (Or other)

I like to drink Generation UCAN before a long run or race, and then hydrate with Nuun on the course.

What is your best advice for race day?

Don’t try anything new and try your best to not start out too fast.

What is your best advice for training?

Try to stick to the training plan and run you slow runs slow and hard runs hard.

What do you think anyone new to running should know?

Running can be very hard at first but keep at it and it will get better. Just don’t give up.

What's your favorite thing to do after a race or a run?

I like to eat! :) Also, if traveling, I enjoy site seeing with the fam. Walking around lots helps with recovery.