Focus & Go – Lincoln Marathon Profiles: Nikki

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Nikki is a Lincoln radio personality and mother of a toddler with another on the way. She found out she was pregnant after registering for the Lincoln Half- Marathon but is determined not to let that stop her. She made some adjustments to her training and is looking forward to completing the challenge.

1. How long have you been running?
I started running when I was 16 and hated it. I started because I had a good friend in a small town who was in cross country so I offered to help her train because no one else was available. I finally discovered I loved it in college, because I found it a release instead of something I was forced to do. A mental and physical release. I could get out from studying, get out of work and be free for a while.

2. Is this your first half-marathon?
I am running the half-marathon this time. This is not my first half or full. My first half-marathon was the weekend I moved to Lincoln in 2010. I’ve tried to run in every Lincoln Marathon in some capacity, except for when I was pregnant the first time. I have also taken a turn as a pacer, helping other people maintain their paces which is something I really enjoy. One of my favorite things to do is help other people run.

3. What has training been like?
This time around training has been hard. Training had been going really well until Christmas and then a month after that I found out I was pregnant again. I decided that I was still going to run this half-marathon, but do it differently. I still plan on finishing but I won’t be working for a PR this time around, maybe a PG PR.

I am currently training with a group of mom runners, usually early mornings and weekends. I am also training in the gym since I’m not logging as many miles.

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4. What motivates you?
The challenge motivates me. I like listening to my body and knowing what it can handle. And music, music always motivates me.

5. What are your favorite running songs on your playlist?
The Atari’s “Boys of Summer”
Breaking Benjamin “Diary of Jane”
Gossip’s “Heavy Cross”

6. What is your running mantra?
I actually have two. The first one: someone else wrote it, but it’s really “Run your own race.” I think it’s a great mantra for running and also for life. Don’t worry about what other people are doing. Focus on what you’re doing and what you do well, and you’ll get along fine.

I also like Oiselle’s slogan, “Head up, wings out.” It makes me think about being light and flying.

7. What do you consider essential gear?
A good set of wireless headphones, a good armband, a hat or my SMITH sunglasses, and a good sports bra. And you know, decent shoes.

8. Why do you love the Lincoln Marathon?
I love the Lincoln atmosphere. There’s no shortage of spectators and encouragement. I love the people who get up early and endlessly cheer runners on, even when they don’t know you. Support from strangers is incredibly motivating especially when you’re at the point when you think you can’t reach your goal. Lincoln is amazing for the support. I can’t say enough.

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