Friday, April 24, 2015

Pittsburgh Running Blogger Spotlight: Haley

This weeks Pittsburgh Running Blogger Spotlight is on Haley from Run, Yinzer, Run!

I've always loved traveling, and I think I took up running as an extension of that. Running is the best, most intimate way I know to discover new things about either a new location, or a familiar place. In my "day job" I work in retail tech support. It's a fast-paced job where I am constantly interacting with people and, while I love my job, I think that's another reason I've taken to running. Running is a place where I can dictate my own pace, and get as much personal space as I need.

I've lived in the Pittsburgh area all of my life. I currently reside in the South Hills with my husband and Welsh Corgi. We love trying new food and beer, especially at local eateries, and are staunch Pirates and Penguins fans, season after season. I also love Disney, Marvel, Doctor Who, gadgets of all shapes and sizes, cycling, yoga, swimming, and good old fashioned Netflix marathons.

What is your favorite local race?
H: It has to be the Pittsburgh Marathon. It was my first marathon, and I plan on running it yearly until I am no longer able. The best thing about the Pittsburgh Marathon (and Half) has got to be the crowds! Not a quarter mile goes by without cheerful, motivational spectators. On top of that, I think it's a fantastic tour of the unique city neighborhoods, and a true snapshot of the places Pittsburghers live, learn, play, and work.

What is your favorite thing about running?
H: There are so many things I love about running. I love that running is a sport over which I have complete control of my own outcome. The effort I put in will yield results! I love using running to travel and explore and experience new things. I love the zen-like state I achieve when I turn my mind off mid-run. Too many favorite aspects to pick just one!

What is your favorite piece of running equipment?
H: My Athleta Be Free knickers are probably my favorite. There are several reasons I love them, but the most important has got to be the Pockets! Not just a tiny key-sized pocket in these babies! I comfortably fit my phone in one side pocket, as well as lip balm, cash, cards, my Honey Stinger Waffles, and so many other things.

What is your favorite running moment?
H: I loved the GNC Live Well Liberty Mile in 2013. It was the first time I'd competitively run just a mile since I was in high school, and it was amazing to see how fast I could be! Focusing on long distance races, you loose a little bit of that speed. The Mile was a great reminder that the speed is there, and that I might even get speedier!

I love following Haley's running and traveling adventures. You never know where she is going to be next! Plus, her dog is freaking adorable! Make sure you connect with her on Twitter and Instagram!

1 comment:

  1. These featured runners are fun! Like Haley, I love Athleta running bottoms!