Our Sweat Pink Ragnar team for Los Coyotes this fall is as amazing as you’d imagine. We’ve gotten to know all the behind-the-scenes details for runners Jenny, Jared, and Sandra. The badass and inspiring roster continues on to Debbie from Coach Debbie Runs!
Debbie is an amazing runner and blogger, and fellow Sweat Pink’er. She’s always out hitting the trails and sharing great running tips for newbies and experts (and delicious vegan recipes). Get the inside scoop on her running history, preparation, and recovery!
When and how did you fall in love with trail running?
It really was a natural progression of living so close to so many trail options. Well, that and getting older and appreciating running on the softer surfaces. Once you’ve run in the natural beauty and peace of trails it’s hard to go back to the streets.
What’s your favorite trail you’ve run?
I guess it would be the trails near my home. There are so many different ways to explore, so that even if I run daily on my trails the run is always different.
What are your race day preparation rituals?
I always lay everything out the night before (even before #flatrunner was a thing!). I pack my bag, prepare my fuel, and know exactly what I’ll eat in the morning. That way I can wake up, get my coffee, dress and be ready to walk out the door.
How do you stay motivated to keep running?
I think I’ve gone beyond needing motivation to run. It’s just what I do. I could use a little motivation to run faster, but that’s a different thing.
How do you recover after a long run?
I try to start refueling right away, usually with a smoothie or recovery drink. I carry my water bottle everywhere and after long runs I make sure that I have plenty of nuun to drink up. I’m not as consistent as I should be with stretching and foam rolling, but I try. Oh, and a nap.
What’s one of your “best” or funniest running fail moments?
I’ve only dropped out of two marathons (out of 37), both times at Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego. Both times it was because of my exercise induced asthma. One of those times I stopped at the mile 16 aid station and was driven to the finish line by the Cloud 9 van that was used for that purpose. There were about four of us in the van, and when the driver dropped us off it was right before the finish line of the race. We had to go through the finish line, no other choice because it was on a military base and there wasn’t any way to get around it. So here I was, volunteers trying to put a finisher’s medal around my neck and I’m waving them away, saying “no, I didn’t actually finish!”
Follow Debbie’s run-ventures at @coachdebbieruns, and pin it for later.
Want to run Los Coyotes with us? Use the code RAGNARSWEATPINK for $80 off a standard 8-person team and $40 off an ultra 4-person team when you register HERE.