Linsey Craig - Runner/Hiker/Photographer - Utah, USA


 

Your Age: 23

Your Location (where do you ride mostly): Snowbasin and Sundance

Weapon(s) of choice: My weapons of choice are my Mizuno running shoes and my Cannon 7D DSLR camera. Occasionally I also play around with my snowboard and paddle board.

What’s an average day for you like? Currently, I work a 9-5 job. Once I am done, I head straight to the gym to train for my upcoming half marathon and other races I'm running in. I spend about an hour and a half at the gym 3-5 times a week doing variations between cardio and weight lifting.

What is the most difficult part of your activity/sports for a beginner? The easiest? As far as running goes, the most difficult part for a beginner is just getting started. If you have never run before, trying to work up to longer distances can get discouraging. However, the easiest part of running for a beginner, in my opinion, is seeing the results fast! Whether it is trimming up your body or seeing how far you've come in a short time, seeing the results makes you want to keep going.

What is the best and worst thing about being female in your sport? I feel that the best thing about being a woman in my sport is the support of other women. There are many women that run for fun and that run in races. I've never really felt that I'm a female athlete in a man's world. And the encouragement from the women's running community is amazing! However, the worst thing about this sport I feel, is how easy it is to compare yourself to other runners. Whether it is race time or the way someone's figure looks like, that can be discouraging. I'm not the typical runner who has run their entire life and have a thin body composition, so I've had to step back and realize that I'm still a great athlete and I'm never going to look like anyone else.

What would you like to see change in your sport to make it better for you and other female athletes? Personally, I would like to see more websites or podcasts that athletes can visit to learn how they can better their running and other training methods. Often, I look for help with certain problems runners face, but the information given is geared more towards men than women.

Besides your ability and style factor as an athlete, how would you describe your personal style? I love the Boho style when it comes to clothes. But let's be real, athletic wear is so comfy to wear. On an average day you can find me wearing leggins, a sloughy shirt, and boots/Vans. Also, very minimal makeup.

What are your favorite brands/designers for your sports apparel and for stepping out? My favorite brands for sports apparel are Addidas, Mizuno, GymShark, and of course SheShreds. When I go out for the night with friends or my husband, I always wear a variation of Forever 21 leggins and a shirt from either Cotton On or Old Navy.

Let’s hear your thoughts on how important looking good is to feeling good. “Being” your personal best? When I was a freshman in college a roommate shared a quote with me that has stuck with me: "When you look good, you feel good. Then if you feel good, you do good". If you like how you look whether it is your body composition or what you are wearing for the day, then you will do good and be successful. I have friends that feel like they need to have a full face of make up and be dressed up to the nines just to go to school/work. However, I feel good just wearing a nice athletic hoodie with leggins and minimal makeup. Whatever makes you feel good, do it.

What usually gets people hooked on your activity/sport? The results. People get hooked on running because of the results you see with your body and with your endurance. If you stop running for a period of time, it can be difficult to start again where you left off.


Do you own any other toys?? I own a snowboard for the winter and a paddle board for the summer. Both of these activities are ones I do with my husband.

What gets you pumped up for the day? If I'm having a hard time in the morning, I love to listen to my workout playlist on Spotify! Music always helps me to alter my mood.

What are three things you could not live without? I simply could not live without: 1. My Phone 2. Running Shoes 3. Benefit Gimme Brow

Who have been your biggest supporters in getting you to where you are now? My biggest supporters for my photography have my my parents and husband. When it comes to running, my husband has been amazing and motivates me to go train on days that I don't want to.

What do you do in your spare time when you’re not riding/shooting/competing? In my spare time, my husband and I like to try new restaurants and we love spending the weekend in Park City for a small get away.

How about in the off season to stay in shape? When it is too cold to run outside, I spend a lot of time in the gym working the various muscle groups. I also like to go snowboarding on the weekends as well.

What is your biggest goal to accomplish this/next season? Since I will be running my first half marathon, my first goal is to finish at 3 hours or under. I also would like to enter a couple of other races and get my 5k to 15 minutes.

What do you do to prep for a competition? I have a high carb meal the night before so that I have a lot of energy for the next day. I lay out my race outfit so that in the morning, I know exactly what I am wearing. Then the morning of the race, I eat a breakfast that I eat consistently so that I know my body wont have a weird reaction to it.

Where would be your biggest dream place to ride and why? Eventually, I think that it would be amazing to qualify to run in the Boston Marathon! I'm a ways off from doing that anytime soon, but I would love that opportunity.

What song(s) do you listen to while riding that puts you in the zone? Where are you now - Lady Leshurr Electric Pow Wow Drum - A Tribe Called Red Freaks - Timmy Trumpet

What turned you on to your sport? I used to run in high school and then had to stop because of a really bad knee injury. Then I got clearance about a year and a half ago to run again, and I just decided to try it. Once I started, I remembered how much I love how the workout feels.

What other extreme/action sports are you into?I like to watch MMA fights and I love watching the X Games!

Favorite drink of choice to refresh yourself after a long day of riding/shooting? I love a nice cold Diet Coke or a Diet Paradise from a local soda shop called Swig.

What do you want to be when you "grow up"? When I "grow up" I want to be an active wife and mother that encourages her kids to be whatever and whomever they want to be. I want to work on my blog and be a better fitness/photo/lifestyle blogger.

Any of your own web pages or social media buttons you want links to? Youtube, Vimeo, FB, Instagram, Twitter etc. etc.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/linsey_mcclain

Blog: http://linseykatyphotography.weebly.com

Snapchat: linsey_katy