December 2014 Member Spotlight

Andrew Pictured Center

“Andrew Pictured Center”

This month we caught up with Andrew Knight and he shares running tips and how he got into running.

When did you begin running and why?

When I was 12 my father and I went on a camping trip and a bear came charging into our campsite during the night. That’s when I started running. When I outran the bear I realized I had a knack for running. Just kidding. I started running in 8th grade for the cross country team. I honestly don’t remember why I joined, I think because several of my friends were joining the team.

Greatest Running Accomplishment

Running a marathon after swimming 2.4 miles and biking 112.

What is your favorite place in Louisville to Run/Walk?

Probably Cherokee or Waterfront Park

How did you find out about DCRR and when did you join?

I joined in the spring of this year (2014), happened to see it on Meetup.com.

What are you training for right now?

Nothing in particular, I have a few races that I do annually in the spring and fall. Just trying to maintain my current fitness level.

What race day traditions do you have?

The one thing I do religiously for race day is eat the same breakfast. For me that always consists of a concoction of plain oatmeal, honey, cinnamon, a pinch of ginger and a very small portion of either blueberries or raisins. Then a piece of fruit like an apple, orange, or kiwi and a large glass of water.

Favorite shoe and/or gear to run with?

The absolute best running shoes that I’ve found for me are the Saucony Kinvara or the Saucony Virrata. Both are super lightweight, very comfortable, and have a minimal/zero heel to toe drop.

Any running tips for beginning/experienced runners?

I would encourage beginner runners to stay positive. Don’t get caught up with minute mile times and focus on having fun. You will have good days and bad days, but just keep running and the good ones will far outweigh the bad ones. For more experienced runners I’d really suggest focusing on running form. Try to avoid a heel strike (save those knees!), keep your feet landing directly below you (vs in front), keep a quick cadence (close to 180 foot strikes per minute), keep your core tight and engaged, and slightly lean forward from the ankles (not the waist).