Interview #9 Lisa Hamilton from The Conscious Runner
Lisa Hamilton is a Mom, accomplished runner, coach and founder of the website, “The Conscious Runner”, a site, and podcast dedicated to the art of ‘being a conscious runner’. But what exactly does that mean? As Lisa describes on her website, being a conscious runner equates to: “…feeling alive and vibrant and having an overall sense of well-being.”
And why is that important? Lisa states: “Instead of letting your run pass you by in a semi-conscious state, you are completely aware of what is going on inside and around you to help you become the best runner you can be.”
Lisa and I initially connected via twitter, but last year Lisa and I chatted about ‘conscious running’ on her podcast, Episode 16, which you can listen to via the following link: iTunes Link. As you can probably imagine I was eager to ask Lisa a few questions for LRY readers and Lisa kindly took time out of her busy schedule to give us an insight to her journey with running.
LRY: What inspired you to start running, and when did you first start to see yourself as a runner?
LH: I grew up a competitive swimmer. I was waiting for swim season to begin in college. My roommate ran cross country, so I figured I’d give it a try. From that point, I was hooked. I ended up not swimming my first two years. I saw myself as a runner when I took my first step.
LRY: What was the biggest hurdle you had to overcome when you were a beginner runner?
LH: I was injured all the time. I had these massive lungs from swimming, but a body that hadn’t acclimated to an impact sport.
LRY: Can you outline one of your favourite races so far and what made it memorable?
LH: One of my favorite races would be a half-marathon I ran in 2004. It was one of those races I paced perfectly. What made it memorable was how I felt while running it-total mind, body, soul integration.
LRY: Have you had any low points as a runner and how did you work out of them?
LH: I was unmotivated to run for a couple of years. It was a real struggle getting out the door. My thoughts have always been, if totality of it isn’t fun, don’t do it. I’d run a few months and then stop, run a couple more, etc.. What I discovered was it wasn’t so much motivation, but lack of inspiration. I had so many other things going on in my life at the time, I just wasn’t inspired to run. To reignite my inspiration, I joined a running club. Plus, being out of shape never feels good.
LRY: Do you have a mantra you use on training days or in running events and races?
LH: I say the Lord’s prayer.
LRY: What are your favourite things to eat & drink either before, or after a run?
LH: Bagels, bananas.
LRY: What do the final months of 2014 have lined up for you? And what are you looking forward to in 2015?
LH: Lots in the pipeline for 2015. Taking the site to another level. Creating more value.
LRY: What can we expect to see from The Conscious Runner in the future?
LH: Runner stories of personal transformation. A new book “How to Get in the Zone and Stay There” (haven’t settled on a title yet). Membership site teaching runners how to run, strength train, eat and get in the zone. All to get the most out of themselves and feel good while doing it.
LRY: Do you have any advice for newbie runners?
LH: The journey is worth more than the prize.
LRY: Finally – a few fun questions for you!
LRY: Tea or coffee? LH: Tea
LRY: Apples or oranges? LH: Depends, I like both. But since that’s not an option, I’ll go with oranges. Love that tart stuff.
LRY: Mountains or Oceans? LH: Oceans. Altitude scares me. I swear I can feel the earth spinning at heights above sea level.
LRY: Juices or smoothies? LH: Smoothies all the way! I’ll have 3 or more of them a week.
LRY: Track, road or trails? LH: Road for racing. Trails for training (I prefer softer surfaces).
LRY: Compression gear, or none? LH: None. Although, they do look pretty cool.
Thanks so much Lisa! Awesome to hear your words of advice and I can’t wait to see what is in store for The Conscious Runner in 2015, and read the new book once it’s published! Check out Lisa’s Facebook page for free runnings tips, advice and lots of inspiration and connect with Lisa on Twitter: @ConsciousRunner