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10 Questions with Rae Mohrmann

1. At what age did you start running competitively?
When I was turning 30

2. Why did you start running?
I was divorced & the biological clock was ticking. I really thought I would get married again & have more kids but it wasn't ( & never did) happen so I started running, inspired by a movie about Kathy Switzer. I always did love running.

3. How many miles do you typically run in a week?
30-50 miles, which probably not as many as most people training for marathons because I am a fitness instructor & figure that all of the classes I teach has to count for some of the mileage(otherwise I get too tired & can''t recover).

4. What is your favorite brand of running shoes?
Mizuno. I ran in Nikes for a long time & they quit making the ones I used so I tried on every shoe in the store & chose the Mizunos for comfort & have worn them for about the pst 8 yrs.

5. Do you listen to music when you run? If so what do you listen to?
No, I don't. When I atarted running, it was the only time that I was ever alone. It was my mental health time, or time to think. I've always used it as such or else I run with others & like to talk & listen.

6. Where is your favorite place to run?
What I love about running is that I can just go out my door & I'm "there"to run. I also enjoy Forest Park. We are so lucky to have such a great place in STL. I never tire of being there.

7. What is the farthest distance that you have ran?
Shortly after my best marathon in 2002, I ran a 50k in Blue Springs, MO. I checked that off my list then!

8. Have you had any injuries related to running?
Haven't we all had a little plantar fascia problems? Otherwise, I feel that by teaching different things(aerobics, water exercise, Spinning & yoga), it gives me a great opportunity to cross train & thus pretty much be injury free.

9. What has been your most memorable running experience?

Many people have asked what is my favorite marathon & I respond that it is any time I have run Boston because it is an opportunity for an every day athlete like me to feel like an Olympic star. That being said, it was my honor to take care of Deena Kastor when she was in STL for the women's Olympic qualifying trials. It was fun to be in her presence & then also to talk with her about going to Athens,Greece because I have run the marathon there. I have met so many wonderful people while running, renewed old friendships, been humbled by athletes far better than I. Running has helped me build self confidence & thus handle other things in my life. It has also helped me to be healthy. Sorry. It has been so great that I can't narrow it down to one experience.

10. What advice would you give to beginning runners?
Just set a goal & go for it! Everyone isn't going to run a marathon. Everyone doesn't run for the same reason. Then, start slowly to build a good, solid base. I cringe when I hear about someone who hasn't run at all before say that they are going to run a marathon in a few months. They usually end up getting hurt & then decide that running is bad for you. No one decides to just be a major league baseball player. You work your way up to it. It requires lots of drills & practice. Same with running. I advise people not to attempt marathon training until they can fairly easily run 10 miles. Then they are ready. Also, run with a group. Some will be your pace. Others will be faster & that gives you something to strive for. Others will be slower & that will build your confidence. Fitness is a life style. It isn't jsut a few hours of running or working out per week.

A Special Thanks to the St. Louis Track Club

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