Lisa Luth, 39, says 2013 is going to be “a huge year” and she’s not kidding: goals of running at least 13 half-marathons and getting faster, along with serving as a Nuun Ambassador. We have no doubt that this metro Detroit BAMR will be successful in all that she takes on. Lisa, who has two full marathons under her belt and recently clocked a 5K PR, says her family—daughter Ji, son Chan and husband Rick—has been bitten by the running bug, too.
Best recent run: My most memorable recent run was the morning of Superbowl Sunday. I met my best friend at our local metro park and got in 7 miles at a 9:40 pace. It was only 9 degrees Fahrenheit outside—bitter cold—but we got it done and had a great time chatting the entire way. This pace was a surprise to me—I expected to run it in around 10:30 because I was sick most of January, during and after the Goofy Challenge, and didn’t do any runs longer than a 5K since I completed Goofy.
5K PR: I got a new 5K PR at the Corktown Race in Detroit on March 10 coming in at 26:54. Leading up to this 5K, I was just starting to get into training again after Goofy and was not going to push myself. I ran a 5K training run at an 8:29 pace two weeks before. I usually just run 5K races for fun with the family but decided to see what I could do. We had a gorgeous day for the run but it was tough. My breakfast didn’t settle (don’t eat eggs for breakfast, even if you have four hours until the race), but I pushed though. I am looking forward to fueling right next time and breaking this PR again soon.
Best Running Advice: My all-time favorite piece of advice related to running is to respect your body and listen to it. I have learned the hard way not to push through injuries. The miles can wait until you are properly healed. And train smart—build a strong base before attempting to get fast.
Motivational Mama: The freedom I feel when running keeps me going. I crave it, my mind clears, my body gets stronger and it is some “me” time. Every mother needs an outlet, something for herself. Running is not something someone else can do for me, it is not something I can go out and buy either. I can only accomplish it and improve through hard work and dedication, and I love the challenge of that.
Fave Post-Run Noshing: Hands down it is sweet potatoes with eggs, guacamole and pico de gallo. I remove the skin from the sweet potatoes, cut them into 1/8-inch thick wheels and sauté in coconut oil about five minutes or so each side until fork tender. I make a huge pile on a plate, top with scrambled eggs and load on the Guacamole and pico de gallo. So spicy and filling too!
Family + Running: As a full-time working mother, it is hard to fit it all in. Several times week I wake up at 5 a.m. to get my run done before the day starts, and I do my long runs on the weekends. I would not have been able to accomplish my first marathon last year and the Goofy Challenge this year if it was not for the support of my husband and parents. They gladly step in, without question, to watch the kids whenever I need to head out for a run even if it might be dinnertime. They see the positive effect running has had on me and love it. My kids really support my running and have taken up the sport themselves. They experience firsthand why I enjoy it, and both got 10K PRs recently, finishing in 1:27!