Lora Mays is the woman behind CrazyRunningGirl.com. Lora is an avid writer and clearly enjoys her time finding adventures through running! She grew up in Wisconsin and has since lived in Minnesota and Florida before achieving the lifelong dream of living (and running) in New York City.
Lora has been a runner since High School and has been a Marathon and race obsessive since 2006, and has a marathon PR of 3:31.44 set at the ING New York City marathon in 2010.
I decided to seek out an interview with her after reading her column as the Brooklyn Running Examiner and the Crazy Running Girl blog before I started my own blog. Lora’s writing was a great inspiration and opened the door to a virtual running community that previously I never knew existed.
When did you start running and did you have any particular reasons for starting?
I started running in middle school/high school. I was overweight and wanted to lose some of the weight… and ended up really liking the sport! In the summer between middle school and high school, I ran 5 miles a day and it took me about an hour… but it felt so good that I was able to do it. I ran in cross country and track in high school and then signed up for my first marathon the fall after I graduated from college.
If you could run with and/or race anyone, anywhere who would it be and where? Over what distance and on which surface?
I would love to run with Meb Keflezighi. He is such an unbelievable inspiration and role model for the sport. I would love to run with him in Mammoth Lakes, where he’s spent a lot of time training. Granted, I would have no chance in keeping up, but I could get some cool pictures of his back. It would be fun to do a mid-distance — like 10-14 miles with him. I would also love the opportunity to run with Kara Goucher.
Running wise, who do you look up to and who has inspired you?
Before I became part of the blogging/virtual running community, I was inspired by the better version of me. Running helps me be a better person across the board and I’m inspired to be that person daily by keeping up with my running. Since joining the online running community, there are SO many people who inspire me… people have such incredible stories and it’s incredible to hear why people run.
What are your favourite training conditions and are they the same as your favourite racing conditions?
I absolutely love running in fall weather — nothing better than 40s and 50s with overcast skies. (Maybe I need to move to Seattle?) I love being able to hit the road on a run in a long-sleeve shirt and shorts! As for racing, particularly for a marathon, these temperatures are great but I even like it a little cooler… like high 20s and 30s. Yes, I’m crazy. 🙂
What is your fondest memory of running and, conversely, your worst?
My favorite running memory is when I ran the Madison Marathon and qualified for Boston for the first time. I came across the finish line and didn’t think I qualified since the time was like 3:42 something (this is before they changed the time requirements). A guy at the finish line told me that I may have qualified so get my official time… my husband (boyfriend at the time) and I headed over to get my official time… when I saw I qualified by 12 seconds, I definitely cried a little bit.
My worst… oh boy. This is totally my fault, but my worst is definitely when I was sidelines for 2 months because of shin splints. My shin splints were so severe it hurt even when I was just sitting there. I had changed shoes and my shin started hurting after a 17 mile run and I just pushed it away and kept running… two weeks later, my shin was in the worst shape ever. I couldn’t wear heels because it made my shin hurt even worse. I learned a valuable lesson from this: listen to your body.
Where do you see yourself in six years?
This is a good question… I’m really not sure! In the past six years, we’ve moved from Minnesota to Florida for my husband to go to graduate school, and fulfilled my life-long dream to live in NYC by moving here two years ago. It’s been an adventure and nothing like I ever imagined. So what’s next? I’m not sure… but I’ve learned that as long as I have family, friends and health, wherever I am, I will be happy.