Kelly Nash, a volunteer coordinator at Heritage Christian Services, is running for 24 hours on treadmill to raise money to support people with developmental disabilities. She starts at 9 a.m. Friday at the Pieters Family Life Center in Henrietta and proceeds go to the Heritage Christian Services Foundation.
1. How did you get started in running?
I started running about 6 years ago after receiving a postcard in the mail from "Train to End Stroke.” It was a program through the Stoke Association, I'd raise money and they'd train me to run a marathon. I wanted to do this in my father's memory. He died after having a massive stroke.
2. What has been your longest run to date? How long did that take?
My longest run to date is a 12 hour Ultra Marathon. In the 12 hours I ran 63 miles.
3. What do you rely on to keep you going?
During long runs I need to have plenty of liquids and carbs, usually gels and sport drinks.
Mentally I need to keep my mind moving and constantly remind myself of how far I've come and visualize how far I can go.
4. Why is it important to you to challenge yourself?
I am a competitive person, mostly with myself. It is during times of challenge that I grow, as a person and a runner, and I still feel relatively small ;)
5. What advice do you have for others who want to try long distance running – or really anything in life that they are going to need to work at for a long time?
Running a marathon is similar to living a faithful life. The training takes commitment, dedication, discipline and focus and it’s just plain hard at times. But the reward of achieving a dream is priceless and well worth the effort!
Favorite verse: Let us run the race before us and never give up! Hebrews 12:1
Kelly Nash has raced in 17 marathons, two ultras, 10 5Ks and two 10Ks for a total of 598.4 miles. In her training, she logged 1,150 miles in the first half of 2012.