Madeline, a.k.a. Maddie, is a first time mentor with Fleet Feet this season, and we are extremely lucky to have her! (Maddie, we are glad that you haven’t been able to shake your love of running.) Maddie trains at the Wade Avenue store.
Note: As this season winds down, there will be a break in the Mentor Profile series. However, it will be back in full force again soon, so stay tuned!
To learn more about Maddie, read on . . .
Where are you from?
A small town about an hour and a half from Raleigh called Bushy Fork.
Where do you live now?
What’s your day job?
I’m a lawyer for the Department of Justice.
For how long have you been a runner?
About 3 and a half years. Learning and growing every year.
Why did you start?
I decided to challenge myself to run a half marathon (it was the Bull City half that happens every October) for no particular reason, and it sparked a love of running that I haven’t been able to shake.
When did you start mentoring and why?
I started mentoring this spring. Running has been such a huge part of my life over the last few years, and it has helped me a lot not just physically, but mentally as well. I know the benefits it can have when you stick to it and push through the tough days, so I wanted to be able to encourage others to do the same. Plus, no runner left behind!
What is your favorite race distance?
Probably the half marathon, but I also really love 10k runs.
What is your favorite race?
That’s tough. I really loved the Richmond Marathon, but City of Oaks was also amazing as a hometown race. I run the Popular Brooklyn Half Marathon every year and it’s a blast, too. I can’t choose!
What is your favorite training run (speedwork, tempo, hills, Totem Pole, long, easy, etc.)?
I love the Totem Pole. It’s awesome to get to run past people and talk about their goals, achievements, favorite shoes, and everything in between.
What is your running shoe of choice?
It’s been the Nike Pegasus for a long time, but I’m thinking about switching it up.
What is your favorite running accessory–you don’t leave home without it?
My watch. If you don’t log a run, did it actually happen?
What is your favorite running weather?
40s-50s and sunny.
What is your favorite local place to run?
Downtown towards Hillsborough Street. So many different places to turn and switch up a route, a lot of hill work, and a ton of people watching.
Do you have a favorite place of all places, near or far, to run?
I love running in my hometown at my parents’ house. It’s so peaceful out there, and the scenery is beautiful. Almost no traffic except a tractor or two.
Favorite running experience/memory?
Probably my first marathon in 2016. My entire family was there, along with some family that lives in Richmond. It was also my sister’s first half marathon, which was awesome! I ran the race with my best friend, and couldn’t stop laughing when it was over – I couldn’t believe I had done it! It was an amazing experience.
The last race you ran?
Oak Island half marathon in February of this year.
What was your worst race?
Tobacco Road a few years ago. I ran the half without preparing and was miserable the entire time.
If you could run any race, which would it be?
The New York Marathon. I enter the lottery every year, so it’s going to happen eventually!
What is your most frustrating running injury?
I pulled my quad last year during marathon training and had to do the half instead of the full at City of Oaks. It turned out to be great, though, because I got to run a few friends in when they finished their first marathon!
How many days a week do you run?
Usually 4-5 days a week
How many miles a week do you run?
25ish, depending on the long run on the weekend.
What is your biggest running accomplishment?
My marathons! Or the runs that happen on days when I REALLY don’t want to – those feel like marathons sometimes, ha!
What do you like most about mentoring?
The people! It definitely makes every run feel like we are all in it together, whether we are running an easy 30 or a half marathon. Whether we are feeling great or awful, we get through it. No runner left behind.
What is one thing you are still working on improving upon in running?
Speed. And getting out of my head. I tend to be WAY too hard on myself when runs don’t go the way I want, and I’m not patient enough with myself. I’m working on getting stronger and faster, both physically and mentally.
What are your favorite non-running hobbies?
I love hanging out with my dog, traveling, spending time with my family and friends, reading, and writing. Oh, and concerts! Raleigh has an incredible music scene.