As I have stated in previous columns, I meet runners from all walks of life and of all capabilities. They all have special stories, reasons for running, and of course, many useful tips to share. This time around, I met Amy Bel Bruno who is running the L. A. Marathon on March 21. Here are some of the highlights from our conversation:
In our previous email conversations you mentioned you will be running L. A. on March 21. Are you running for any particular cause? Or is running a passion of yours much like the rest of us?
Running is a passion and is why I’ll be out there with my fellow runners on race day. It’s a first for this L.A. course running stadium to the sea, so I can’t wait to be part of it. I have run off and on for many years, but after having my daughter four years ago, it was truly what helped me shed the baby weight and keep my sanity. Like millions of other working parents, sometimes the demands of “doing it all” can be overwhelming. I wouldn’t trade it for the world, but we all need a personal breather. For me that is a good run. When I lace up my shoes and head out the door, it’s me time. I think about so many things and always come home in such a better place. I can’t imagine not having that time.
As for running for a cause it’s next on my to do list, one of the routes I do on the weekends, I’ve seen groups training together that are running for various organizations and it’s inspired me to get involved in the future. I can’t think of a better scenario than combining something I love so much, such as running, with an opportunity to help others.
As a producer for a major network you must have a busy schedule. How do you find time to prepare for 26.2?
It’s been all about the planning. For me getting my runs in early is key. I have a 4-year-old who wants my attention from the minute her eyes pop open, so I try to slip out and log my miles before her or my hubby wake up. It’s been a little tough to juggle with work and the daily demands of life in general, but I love it. Everyone in my life has been so supportive from family to my co-workers. On our show taping days, the crew always asks me, “what was your longest run this week?” There’s also a few runners on staff, so we’re always exchanging tips with each other and comparing notes.
After a long, rainy winter here in SoCal, the Spring season is essentially upon us. What tips can you share with us for new runners out there that might be reading this?
We are so lucky to have such amazing weather and Spring is the best. I’d say just get out the door, once you’re out there, it’s hard to turn back. Have a good pair of shoes, sunscreen, energizing tunes and go at your own pace. I think that’s the hardest part in the beginning, worrying about if you’re going fast enough or far enough. That all comes in time, just fall in love with the peace and serenity that running gives and the rest will come.
Open mic: Feel free to discuss anything else with us that you might want to share. Any other races on the calendar? Favorite events, gear, music? Pre- / Post-race preparations, rituals? You get the idea…
Upcoming races…well after LA Marathon, I have to have surgery; nothing serious, but I’ll have to take a couple weeks off of running. I’m hoping to be back on my feet for the Malibu Creek Trail run on May 8 and to get my brother and husband to join me in the Fontana Days half-marathon on June 5. They both have been running lately and I think they definitely are ready for the challenge. I would love to run it with them.
My favorite gear. I got a Garmin 405 for Christmas, and though I’m not really a gadget gal, I have to admit this has really helped me in my training especially giving me the luxury to try new routes on the spur of the moment and knowing what the mileage is right away thanks to the GPS.
I’m not much of a ritual person, I just try to make sure I’m hydrated, eat well and do some stretching before I go to bed. I almost never sleep well the night before a race, but that’s because I’m always worried I’ll oversleep and of course I’m excited. As for after the marathon, I plan on getting a massage and indulging in Mexican food, complete with a margarita on the rocks!
Thank you, Amy and best of luck!
Amy Bel Bruno produces The Fashion Team on TV Guide Network. Check your local listings for show times and be sure to congratulate her as she crosses the finish line of the L.A. Marathon on March 21.
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