Congrats to our July Ultimate Fit Runner of the Month, Alyssa Shelton! Although she is only 12 years old, she is no stranger to the local running community. She lives in Henderson, Kentucky and is an 8th grader at North Middle School. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, working out, swimming, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and of course running!
Here is a little more about Alyssa:
What motivates you to run/walk?
It depends. I always enjoy running but a little extra motivation whatever it may be always helps.
How many races have you participated in?
What age did you start running/walking for fun & competitively?
My first 5k was at 6 years old.
Favorite place to run/walk?
Audubon Park Trails
Favorite local race?
The 12k’s of Christmas
Farthest you have traveled to do a race?
Lexington, KY for the State Cross Country Meet for Henderson County High School.
Favorite race distance?
I have not done much past a 12 K but the longer the better.
Favorite race memory?
Winning overall female at the the longest race I have ever run on my first time (12K's of Christmas).
Funniest race memory?
Racing with my brother on the Run with the Yeti trail and him getting scared by the Yeti.
Craziest thing you saw at or during a race?
When I am running I have my blinders on and don’t pay much attention to what is going on around me but the craziest experience was the storm during the Patriot Race 2 years ago.
Favorite pre & post-race meal/drink?
What is your favorite brand of running shoe?
Brooks (only from Ultimate Fit)
How many miles do you run a week?
30-40 miles a week depending on training schedule
What are your future goals for running/walking?
Short term goal is to break 21:00 by the end of this year. Continue to qualify for state meets in track and cross country. Qualify for New Balance Nationals and Kentucky Dream Mile
Favorite time of day to run?
Favorite weather to run in?
Music or no music?
No music, too distracting.
Brandon L. Barrett