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Meet Kassandra Berry

Over our next couple blog posts we will be profiling some of the Your 26.2 athletes!  First up is Kassandra Berry!

How long have you been a runner?

I have been running consistently for 2 years.

What is your goal race or races for 2015?

Boston Marathon spring 2015, and then will focus on Baystate half marathon distance.

Favorite distance to race?

To be determined. I just started racing 2 years ago and have done 5k, 10k, halves and fulls. Halves are great, but fulls are so rewarding (the focus, the training and the entire process).

Favorite place to run?

Thones, France (the French Alps). Just beautiful.

When did you get started running?  

Winter 2013. I started running about a year after I had my daughter. I was spinning 4-5 times a week and had developed great run endurance without realizing it. On a whim I signed up for my very first 5k, ran my heart out, placed in my age group and never looked back!

What is your favorite thing about training?

I love how every run is different and has its own purpose. It makes every run purposeful, no matter what the pace.

What is your favorite thing about racing?

The raw emotion. Leaving nothing left in the tank. It's finally time to show your cards and there's nothing to hide behind - you've either done the training or you haven't. 

Favorite gel flavor?

I prefer Clif's shot blocks- black cherry.

Favorite race?

The NYC Marathon- my first. It was a party for 26.2 miles. I didn't even feel like I was running a marathon...and then I BQ'ed.  :)

Best piece of advice for new runners?

Find something that you love to do and it wont feel like work. Don't be afraid to slow down and go farther one day and then the next day speed up and go shorter. By making every day different it will inherently be fun. 

Favorite piece of training gear?

I can't live without my Asics Stormshelter Jacket. It is a mid-weight winter shell that is waterproof and wind resistant. I use it about 4-5 runs/week in the winter.

Favorite workout?

3x2mi repeats on road. Brutal, but effective.

Kassandra after the 2014 Chicago Marathon

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