Sitting down with Holly and Joan.When it comes to running, Joan is the embodiment of her longtime sponsor NIKE's iconic slogan. She just does it. With no training plan or schedule, she runs and trains on feel. When I asked her about weekly mileage, cross training, or events, her response was simply "It depends". On days she is busy, she runs faster or fewer miles. She takes days off when she doesn't feel well and above all, she listens to her body. In a time where there so much emphasis on training plans and workout specifics, it's refreshing to hear an accomplished athlete not complicate the process. She cross trains and attributes her upper body strength to two of her other favorite activities: Nordic skiing and gardening. The calm, simplicity of her approach to running reinforced what I'd always suspected: she is truly a naturally gifted runner.
Earlier in the day at the shake out run.I left our chat inspired, motivated, and a bit stunned that it happened. Joan is great ambassador for the sport by being approachable, open, and honest as well as incredibly talented. Her longevity in running is enviable, her continued success is unmatched, and the easy marathon pace she ran at DONNA (3:10) something I could only dream of.
Who or what inspires you? What motivates you most about running?