Wish Amy luck as she races her 5th marathon this Sunday May 1st. Here’s wishing Amy lots of fast miles and a 26.2 PR!
Name: Amy Shopkorn
Location: Falls Church, VA
Years Running: 10 (with a long break from racing from 2003-2008). Really, I’ve been running since middle school though as part of training for other sports.
Marathon: 3:55:04 (MCM 2010)
Half: 1:43:54 (Philly Half 2010)
10 Mi: 1:23:37 (Cherry Blossom 2010)
10K: 45:40 (Pike’s Peek 10K 2011)
5 Mi: 38:36 (Alexandria Turkey Trot 2009)
5K: 22:50 (Independence 5000 2010)
Favorite Race Distance: Half Marathon
How Many Marathons Have You Completed: 4
* Vermont City Marathon (2001)
* Boston Marathon (2002 – with the American Liver Foundation)
* NYC Marathon (2009)
* Marine Corps Marathon (2010)
Race You Are Currently Training For: Eugene Marathon on 5/1
Race Advice/Tip: Start controlled, run on feel and the results will speak for themselves
Favorite Pre-Race Food: Oatmeal with peanut butter
Favorite Post-Race Food: A bottle of Endurox R4 followed by some eggs, cheese, beans, salsa and whatever other good things I can find, all mixed together
How did you get into running: I played soccer and other sports from a young age. We would run in Central Park as part of our practices and gym classes. In high school, my soccer coach heavily suggested that those of us not playing winter sports run indoor track. We raced the 4 x 100 a few times but mostly just ran with them to stay in shape between seasons. I played rugby in college, and after 4 great years, including an ACL surgery (that was actually my second, with the first happening in 9th grade from soccer), I decided that my field sport career was done. I needed something to fill the gap, which is when I fell in love with running.
How do you find/make time to train: I get up early, with most of my workouts taking place before work. Sometimes I’ll add shorter ones in at lunch or in the evening, but I’ll sacrifice the extra hour of sleep any day to not have to worry about it all day.
Do you like running alone or with friends: Depends. Since joining Capital Area Runners, I’ve learned that running can be a team sport. I love the camaraderie and the way that we support and push each other. I especially like doing my track workouts and long runs with people, but actually prefer to race alone, making decisions based on how I’m feeling v. how others are feeling.
Favorite Race and Why: It’s actually a tie between NYC and Boston. I grew up watching NYC, year after year bouncing from 1st Avenue to the Park. That’s the race that got me thinking about marathoning, and I love how much of the city it encompasses. For Boston, there’s just something about starting in Hopkinton and ending 26.2 miles due east later that gives me goosebumps. Add the history and cache to it, and it’s the race of races, both for spectators and runners. I ran it with a charity group 9 years ago both when I didn’t really know any better and before registration turned into the firestorm that it is today. I count it as one of my marathons but not as having run Boston. I’m determined to qualify so that I can go back and do it the right way.
“It’s all the times you thought you couldn’t make it but then did. Welcome to Boston.” – Ad for Boston Marathon
“This is your time…now go out there and take it.” – Herb Brooks
Fun fact about yourself: I’ve never been a pet person. When Lauren suggested we get a dog, I said that we could get a dog when we moved to Virginia (thinking we’d never move to Virginia from DC). Then we moved to Virginia, and now have 2 dogs. And, I love them.
Running/Racing Accomplishment you are most proud of: I never quit. There are tons of tough spots and I have given up somewhat on goals in the moment, but I always find a way to push through to the end.