Hi Running Buddies!
It's time for our next installment of the RunGingerRun Buddy of the Month! Today I have my buddy Jeremy Heath from Arizona for you to meet. He's a super fun guy and I'm pretty sure we have the best (read: hilarious) side conversations during #Bibchat :) While we have never met in person, yet, we both have a great time being #BibRavePros together.
1. Tell us a little about you and your background. Do you have any cute pets named Janie? :) Jeremy and Janie!
I'm a runner, blogger, and adventure seeker living in the desert! My passion for running extends beyond just getting outdoors and logging the miles. I've created my own running group of AZ runners with a social media addiction. (http://runeattweetaz.com/
I run to meet new people, learn from others, and help guide those who need it! Also, I run to keep my baby girl, Janie, happy! She's my pup but she's also my speed coach! :)
2. In 140 characters or less, how did you start running?
I started running when I got into college as a way to lose the Freshman 15. I lost that PLUS some! But as I started running more, I realized that I had finally found my passion!
3. I see that you recently got to meet and run with Bart Yasso! How did you manage that and how was it? Jeremy and Bart Yasso!
I entered an instagram contest with the San Francisco Marathon for a chance to win lunch with Bart Yasso. Before the lunch, there was a shakeout run with Bart and everyone was snapping their pics with him. I had tweeted him days before that I wanted to get a RUNNING SELFIE with him.. he actually remembered me and recognized me, and said "lets go take it"! And thus my running "bartie" was born. He really is an awesome guy and it was an absolute on honor to meet him.
4. How did you come up with your blog name and what made you want to start blogging?
I wanted to start blogging b/c I have a lot of friends and family ask me questions about my running. I thought it would be a good way to tell my stories and share my experiences so others could learn along the way. But it's ended up teaching ME a lot too! I wanted to focus on the "everyday" runner, b/c I am by no means an "elite". Thus I came up with the name "Confessions of an Amateur Athlete".
5. What's your favorite race or PR of all time? Brag a little!
Hmmm... I've loved ALL the races I've done, but my favorite PR was 3:46 for the Phoenix Marathon. I had been trying so hard to break 4 hours and when I finally did, I was fists in the air triumphant and felt like a rockstar! That's what tackling your goals can do. Leave you smiling and crying at the same time.
6. What's your favorite race distance?
Most people will tell you their favorite distance is the half. Mine's the FULL. I know, crazy, but I guess I just love the torture!
7. You run and train in Arizona, do you have any special tips for running in the heat?
Early morning runs, salt tablets, stay super-hydrated.... and I'll wet a mesh hat and throw it in the freezer before my run.
Helps to keep my head cool for a while. Also, I'll make Popsicles out of Cocogo or Gatorade to cool myself down post-run.
8. What's next for you running wise?
I've got a couple of other half marathons the rest of this year, but they're mostly "for fun". My next running goals are to PR in the Rock N Roll AZ half-marathon in January and 3:30 for my next full marathon. Fingers crossed!
9. How can we connect with you on social media?
Leave a comment and tell Jeremy Hi! Also - have you been able to run with anyone famous?