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10 Questions with Kaitie Vanatta
(A distance runner from Missouri University)

1. At what age did you start running competitively?
I started to run when I was about thirteen years old but I mostlly ran for fun and did some road races with my family. I started to compete on the high school cross country and track team when I was a freshman.

2. Why did you start running?
I started running really because I was curious and wanted to be a part of something that would not only challenge me but also make me feel good. My parents and my older brother are runners and it became something that we could all enojoy doing.

3. How many miles do you typically run in a week?
Typically I run anywhere between 35-40 miles but it depends a lot on what's best for my training and intensity for that particular time peroid. Because I'm not considered a high milage runner I supplement milage by cross training a couple times a week.

4. What is your favorite brand of running shoes?
As far as running shoes go, any brand that doesn't give me an injury is a good shoe for me! I typically wear Brooks but I race in Nikes.

5. Do you listen to music when you run? If so what do you listen to?
I am definelty a running purist, I rarely ever listen to music when I run except for the very few times I have had to be on a tredmill; one of my favorite things about running is being outside and taking in all of the sights and sounds.

6. Where is your favorite place to run?
I prefer to run on trails or on any type of soft surface such as dirt or grass.

7. What is the farthest distance that you have ran?
My longest run was right around 11 miles

8. Have you had any injuries related to running?
Coping with injury has become a part of my training, its something I try to avoid and prevent but over the years I have had my fair share of set backs related to injury. But I have learned that dealing with an injury only makes you appreciate your ability as a runner more.

9. What has been your most memorable running experience?
My most memorable running expereince goes way back to my first national meet in the Summer of 2006. I was at Golden West Track invitational in California running the 3200 meters at night under the lights. I will always remember the night because it was the only race I have ever felt competly "in the zone", not feeling any pain and compelty enjoying the competition, almost like I was in a dream.

10. What advice would you give to beginning runners??
My advice for beginning runners is to enjoy and apprecate your ability to run and to not get discouraged when you are challaged with adversity or setbacks; keep moving forward, take once step at a time and be patient!

To read more about Kaitie click on this link to go to her Bio page on the Missouri University website

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