Friday Fartlek: Chelsea Pells

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Name: Chelsea Pells
Age: 25
Twitter handle: @cmpells

1. What was your running “light bulb” moment? How did you get started and when?  When my cousin said “we are running a half marathon next August”  My first reaction was, “NO WAY!” My second was “Ok, maybe” My third was “I don’t want to PAY to RUN!”  After all of that, my Mom said she was paying and now I had no choice.  So Mom paid for it and I had 9 months to mentally and physically prepare myself for 13.1 miles (at that time, I could barely run 2-3 miles…that was December 2011; the race was August 2012)

2. What distance are you looking to tackle or have tackled recently? My first half marathon was Aug 2012 and first full was November 2012

3. What has been your biggest challenge in your journey? What (or who) has been your biggest motivator? My biggest challenge was mental.  I never thought I’d be able to run several miles with asthma and when I’ve never ran more than 3 miles.  My cousin motivated me to start, my family was a huge part and to prove to myself that I can do it was also huge.  One other motivator was a co-worker who is an Iron Man & a Boston Marathon qualifier.  When you sit next to someone at work who runs 26 miles randomly, “just cuz”, it rubs off on you a little bit.

4. Time to motivate! What’s your advice to fellow beginning runners? YOU CAN DO IT!  I went from barely being able to run 2-3 miles to running a marathon in less than a year.  I also have athletic induced asthma.  So go for it!!

5. What’s your advice for seasoned runners? (just because you may be new to the sport doesn’t meant you don’t have anything to offer!)  All I can think of is..remember to have fun with it 🙂 Whether it’s an iron man or a fun 2 mile run, it should always be fun!

6. Tell readers one thing about you that we don’t already know (doesn’t have to be running related):  I have a dog named Bailey, she’s a Cavalier King Charles and she’s not very happy that I’ve become a long distance runner because I used to take her on 1-2 mile runs but she can’t handle anything over 3 miles so rarely gets to come with me; she has to settle for our walks.

7. Time for the spotlight! Let’s hear about your proudest running (or exercise related) moment.  Crossing that finish line in Philly 26.2 miles later.  My Mom jumped out with me at mile 26 and ran the .2 with me.  I started crying, shaking and collapsed at the finish line in her arms full of pain, joy and happiness (for completing and for being done!)

8. Extra Credit (optional): What running related topic do you wish you knew more about? Well, I want to get faster.  I want to do tempo runs, etc. but not sure where to start!

One thought on “Friday Fartlek: Chelsea Pells

  1. Want to get faster. Speed work. My first speed work ever were fartleks. How fitting for this series of blog entries. Fartleks are fun and informal and can be done anytime you think about it. Just run faster to that next stop sign or until you get to the second fire hydrant or until you reach that pink house with the blue shutters you always like to look at. Do 3 – 8 fartleks once (maybe twice) per week during any of your runs. Eventually you normal pace will feel easier. Warning – They are a gate way speed session. After a while You may find yourself at a high school track running repeats. That’s what happened to me.

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