Now is our time to catch up with Alexia Vondrachek, 30, of Shawnee Mission, Kansas: With this fast momma 9-months pregnant, there's hope we might be about the same speed.
Most recent run: Four months ago, when I was 5 months pregnant, I ran on a lovely treadmill at 24Hour Fitness. I resorted to the ease of a treadmill so I could run as fast as possible while keeping my heart rate where it should be. My next run will be May 18, when I’m cleared to exercise post C-section.
Post-baby, can’t run without: My Road ID. I love it for making me feel safe when I run with the kid(s). I have a rare chronic medical condition called mastocytosis that requires me to wear medical identification, so yeah!, for Road ID. Oh, and my inhaler, too. I’m a pack rat on the road, which is why my BOB stroller is so nice. Oh yeah, I guess I’ll be bringing this new baby with me when he’s old enough. I mean, if I am going to push the BOB, it really should have a baby in it, or I’ll get some funny looks on the trail.
PR you’re most proud of: 21:46 for the Mother’s Day 5K. It was my first time placing in a race (1st in my age group) and also the first time I won a prize. Before that race, I was complaining to my husband that I needed some new running shoes and wondering where we were going to get the money. Then I won my age group and the prize was a gift certificate to a sporting goods store. I think I’ll complain more often before a race!
Secret to your speed: I LOVE speedwork. I love the track. I just can’t get enough of it. My asthma sets me back a bit, but it’s so lovely and feels so free to sprint. After battling my illness for several years and not being able to exercise, I simply want to run to the ends of the earth and do it fast!
Running mantra: “Get it all out on the road.”
Oreos post-run: Yes or no? No way in heck! Maybe a beer.
Follow this mother: With baby #2 arriving any day, Alexia is too busy to blog, but check out what else she's up to: www.agraphicartist.etsy.com