Julie is the voice behind ROJ Running, she is a therapist, ultra runner, kitchen enthusiast, crafter and so much more. Her blog focuses on running/fitness, random musings and weekly recipe ideas.
What is your favorite part about running? My favorite part about running is that I never know what to expect. From the thoughts in my head to the rhythm in my body, each step is unpredictable and magic. Even my favorite routes hold a new lesson each time they’re used.
How many races have you completed? I have completed countless races. Over 170 events ranging from 1 mile to 50K.
What advice would you give someone interested in participating in their first race? The best advice I can give to someone participating in their first race is to stop thinking of it as a race. Think about it as an event. Let’s be honest, most people are not going to win with their first attempt, why tarnish the experience with disappointment? The goal should be enjoyment and to finish safely.
What is your best training tip? A good training tip is to always make the attempt. At the very least, start the training routine and do it for 10-15 minutes. If your workout is still not going the way it should after that time, call it a day. Chances are though, you’ll start to feel great and the rest will come without force.
What keeps you motivated? Motivation is something I have struggled with over the years. Sometimes a big race or physical changes in my body keep me motivated, but I mostly stay connected through friends. When I know I am going to see someone who helps me to feel good mentally and emotionally, the physical aspects are simply the cherry on top.
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