Focus & Go – Lincoln Marathon Profiles: Garrett

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Garrett has been a clinic tech at EyeCare Specialties for the past three years. As a clinic tech, he assists the patient through all of the preoperative procedures and performs all diagnostic testing before the doctor sees the patient. He loves working with patients and helping them achieve a higher quality of life through enhanced vision.

1. How long have you been running?I was an active athlete back in high school, but never a runner. I started running in college to keep some pounds off and found a passion in stretching distance and time. I have now started running for pace and find pace to be a huge motivator.

2. Is this your first marathon?
Yes. I am running the half-marathon for the very first time. I found my motivation has encouraged me to register for my second later in the year.

3. What has your training been like?
I try to run 3-4 days a week, depending on the weather, getting my longer runs in during the nicer weather. On my short runs I’ve been running with a strong emphasis on time and intensity.  I’ve been training on my own, trusting and feeling where I’m at and where I need to be and knowing that race day will bring extra adrenaline.

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4. What do you run for? What motivates you?
Self-assurance; knowing I can set a goal and strive to reach it. This has been a true test to stay the course and complete what I have set out to reach.

5. Do you have a running mantra?
It’s my mantra for life, really:  “Focus and Go” No matter what you do in life, just put your mind to something and go for it. (*We we so inspired by Garrett’s mantra, we decided to use it as the title of this series.)

6. What gear is important to you when running a half-marathon?
Shoes. Shoes have been my greatest asset. My SMITH sunwear is important for keeping my eyes protected, and my smart watch has been so crucial for keeping pace.

7. Favorite running songs on your playlist?
1. Light it Up by Major Lazer
2. The Fire by The Roots
3. Any upbeat country

8. What are you excited about running this particular half-marathon?
Looking forward to the support crowd. I’ve heard Lincoln brings a great atmosphere, and knowing my parents and friends will be in the crowd motivates me that much more.

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.