It’s a new year and with it comes new Rocking Runners of the week. Well, we’re starting things off right for the new year with passionate, personal trainer and, ultra-runner, Ms. Kasha Jones, and her side kick, Kiwi. I’ve had the privilege of knowing this lovely young lady for the last two years and have witnessed her reach goal after goal. She has acquired more bling than Mr. T!
She is a relentless athlete, starting her days extremely early training her clients and then doing her workout. She’s always positive, always encouraging, always smiling.
Late last year she started on a quest to run every single day so that one day she can say that she has run the equator completely, all 12 feet or however long that is! Running the equator is quite the task but this lady certainly has what it takes to make it happen.
Please welcome our new Rocking Runner of the Week for 2014!
Name: Kasha Jones
- How long have you been running? 4 years this month
- What brought you to running? I wanted to see if I could run an 8 minute mile. I couldn’t.
- What do you get from running? So much. Time to think, a job, and social hour.
- What kind of runner are you (5k demon, 10k road runner, half marathon madman/woman, marathon zombie, ultra-nutjob, make up your own description)? Lately I’ve loved half marathons just a little more than all the others. Shhh! Don’t tell!
- Are you a trail runner or road runner? I can do both, but almost always in a road shoe.
- Do you race? favorite race? Why is that your favorite race & how many times have you run that race? Lately, again, with the halves. I have only run the Rock and Roll Full in Savannah, but I expect to love the half course this weekend.
- If you could run any race in the whole world which would it be and why? I’ll eventually run the original marathon route in Greece, and the Great Wall of China.
- How many times do you run per week and what is your weekly mileage average? Lately, I run 5-7 days a week for 30-40 miles a week.
- Favorite running shoe? Why? I’ve been running in Mizuno Wave Inspire 8’s for 3 years now. I’m a big proponent of “if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it.”
- Do you have any specific running goal? Every new 5 yr age group, I try to beat my time in the 5k, 10k, half, full, and 50k.
- What is a running milestone of yours? Pr and such? For the year I was 29, I completed a half or full (back and forth) every month for a year. February 2013 I raced every weekend, in 3 different states, and PR’ed.
- Please share a funny and/or an interesting moment you’ve experienced running (could be racing or training). One of the Savannah State University baseball coaches cheers for “Team Kiwi” whenever I see him.
- Do you have any training tips you would like to share? A bad run always trumps no run. It is perfectly acceptable to go out for 2 miles, think “nope. Not happening,” and go home.
Please name three inspirational runners to you and why they are inspirational (they can be famous, family, friends).
- Ali Sibley runs Boston-speed for fun and never looks down on anyone else’s time. She always speaks to me as if my speed is as fast as hers.
- Rob Santoro believes you get out of running exactly what you put into it and is an incredibly humble person. Unless someone else tells you, you won’t know he’s the guy who wins the Savannah Bridge Run or chases down criminals on his shift.
- Rebecca Acuff manages to run at least every week while raising 3 children alone, including one with special needs. She has also let each of her kids develop as an athlete of their own.
Any favorite quote that lends itself to your running and/or philosophy on life? Please share.
- You can learn a lot about yourself by the people you run with. If you spend miles with someone, you really get to know them. Enjoy that.
Kasha is a splendid young lady with a heart of gold and a lot going for her! Expect great things from this young lady!
That’s it until next time.
Thanks for stopping by.
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