SBAA Interview with Simon Kleinschmidt as she gets ready for the Boston Marathon!

SBAA Interview with Simon Kleinschmidt as she gets ready for the Boston Marathon!

There is a questionnaire that Boston Marathon participants are supposed to fill out to entertain the SBAA community and to serve as a cautionary tale in some way, I guess. Here are my answers:

What was your qualifying race for Boston 2016?

The Ventura Marathon in September 2015.

What is your marathon PR?

3:42 in 2003.

Do you have any funny training stories to share?

It might sound cheesy, but for me, training is actually fun.

How long have you been running?

Not in High school or College, I started in 2000, just because I could and against doctor’s recommendations.

What running shoes do you wear? All kind, from Hokas to Adidas Supernova.

What is your average weekly mileage when you are not training for a marathon? Differs depending on what I am training for and whether I am nurturing an injury or not.

What is your weekly mileage like when you are training for Boston? I am trying to find that out myself.   There has been too much injury to take care of to get a good training season going.


Who are your running heroes?

Who are your local running heroes?

Before I answer the hero questions, I want to answer the Fish question. Here it is: Do you prefer to be the big fish in the small pond or the small fish in the big pond? I definitely prefer to be the small fish in the big pond, and that is what training with Santa Barbara Running and Racing feels like. I learn a lot, I get a lot of support from everyone, and it is a great group overall that knows how to train, how to race, and how to have fun.

Now the hero answers: for me the running heroes are those that show that running is fun, even or especially, if one takes it serious. Meb Keflezighi for the men and Joan Benoit Samuelson for the women.  I have never met Meb (and therefore “judge” from what I read and hear), but I can at least claim to have rune a 5K with Joan in Ann Arbor, MI, where she did an afternoon about running with the kids in my daughter’s elementary school where she told about her love for the sport and a good sense of humor. Local running heroes: the trail runners for the patience and perseverance and Mike Swan for his incredible balance of competitiveness and “just doing it”.

Any other funny story you’d like to share? The reason I brought the fish analogy up was that, for one day, I got the opportunity to be the big fish in the small pond. My PR marathon was also my first one. Long story short, on a wet April day in northern Ohio, temperature around freezing point, everyone sane stayed at home, so I had the great opportunity to find out how it feels like to be the first women to cross the finish line. It felt great, especially since there was Chicken soup involved. Otherwise a bit silly.  Unfortunately, while I thought I took great care to explain to my daughter that it was fun that I won this race, but qualifying for Boston was even greater, she used the above mentioned afternoon with Joan Benoit Samuelson to announce that her mother had just won the Boston Marathon. So, there is a reason for preferring the big pond: fewer embarrassing mix-ups.

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