Every Friday we chat with one of our blog content network contributors to find out what most inspires them to be fit and find adventure every day.
This week we’re chatting with Bri from RunLiftYoga.com.
Bri is a certified strength and conditioning specialist who especially loves to run, but dabbles in just about every sport you can think of. From strength training to cycling and triathlons to hiking she simply loves being active any way she can. She lives in Victoria, BC Canada and through blogging she aims to inspire and educate others about her favorite outdoor activities and their health benefits.
Read on to find out what about running inspires her most, her expert advice to beginner runners and what she did to make the marathon feel like “a piece of cake.”
The Active Times: What are the wisest words you ever heard about running?
Bri Wilson: Every marathon starts with a single step. That's all it takes to get started with anything in life.
What spurred you to start your blog?
I was training for a half marathon (my first race) in 2009 and a few of my friends said they were inspired to start running as well. I thought if I could inspire them, maybe I could write about it and inspire others, too.
What is on the top of your bucket list when it comes to running?
To run the Boston Marathon.
What advice would you give to someone trying running for the first time?
Make sure you buy a great pair of running shoes. Go to a local specialty running shop and get fitted. It will make those first runs a lot more enjoyable if your feet are happy!
What is the one piece of kit or equipment you’d never be without?
My Garmin. I'm a numbers person and love tracking my stats.
What, if anything, did you most recently knock off your bucket list?
Ran a 50K trail ultra. It was the toughest thing (both mentally and physically) I've ever done. Now a marathon feels like a piece of cake!
What would your life be like without running?
I don't even want to think about it. I can't imagine doing anything else. I'd probably be locked up somewhere or a total hermit in a cave without having that physical and mental outlet.
Where is your favorite place to be?
Running on the trails in the mountains surrounded by trees or along the ocean.
What is the one book everyone should read about running?
Born to Run. It's an amazing story and will inspire you to get moving.
What is the greatest joy you get from running?
That feeling you get when you're running on a single-track trail in the mountains that weaves up and over hills and around trees. You feel like you're flowing over the land. It's very primal and awesome, like you could just go on forever.
Learn more about Bri on RunLiftYoga.com.