How They Train!Nancy Proctor - April 2018
Editor’s note – Nancy Proctor finished 4th in her age group in the Gate River Run 15K National Championship in Jacksonville on March 10, 2018 with a time of 1:12:34.
Did you compete in high school cross country or track?
- I was active in group sports but I did not participate in organized running in high school or college. When I began running a few years after college, it was a natural fit and I loved it immediately.
How many years have you been running?
What running events do you train for or what are your training goals?
- My goal is to run the Boston Marathon in the next few years, which will change up my normal running schedule. I have run 4 Marathons – Chicago, Tallahassee, Jacksonville & Disney, but Boston is on my bucket list.
How many miles a week do you typically run when not injured and consistently running?
- The last 8 years I have averaged 15 miles, running only on weekends.
What does your typical week of running look like?
- As noted above, I only run on weekends, and always with my running partner of 15 years, Lisa Whitworth. We never stop talking. On Saturday we run 8-9M on a hilly route; on Sunday we do 5-6M on a flatter route.
How much sleep do you usually get at night?
- 8 hours on average. I love my sleep as much as my running!
What time of day do you normally run?
- Always in the morning
What injuries have hampered your training over the past year?
Do you take any dietary or medical supplements?
- . Vitamin D, Calcium
What type of running shoes do you prefer?
- Saucony, because I have a wide foot. I have the Kinvara 8 right now, haven’t needed inserts, good support.
Do you use weight training?
Do you stretch?
Yes, but working on more stretches after running.
What are your favorite running routes?
- My favorite has to be Lake Lafayette, just for the scenery and the wildlife. I also enjoy running Cascades around to Myers Park/Country Club area.
How has your training changed over te 35 years you have been running?
- When my daughter started kindergarten, I was 42, and started running with three other moms, all about 10 years my junior. 1) One I ran with twice a week, 4 miles, quicker pace slightly hilly. 2) Another I ran a quick pace, hilly and about 8-9 miles. 3) Another I ran on Sundays, 10 miles very hilly and a slower pace. I loved it, and continued doing that for several years but always felt tired. As soon as I changed to weekends only, I felt stronger, and realized resting my legs during the week worked for me, and I think that was the key.
What advice do you have for beginning or experienced runners to help them with their training?
- I wish I had run GWTC in my earlier years. I think the comradery of the GWTC has been very beneficial to my running both mentally and physically. I was completely hooked after just a few races, and I love the energy. Having others come up and push you on, when you’re not having your “A” game, has been as important to me, as my finishing time.