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Welcome rookies, welcome back seasoned veterans! I can’t wait to spend my runcation with all of you, the entire running community, the spectacular volunteers and Schmidt family!

Valery Hobson is back to defend her 2018 title, a time which ranks 7th in ENDURrun history.

How is your training going? I just try to run lots on tired legs. Back to back long runs, or long runs then something like Bechtel or Chicopee.

How will your ENDURrun 2019 compare to previous years? Well… will be just as fun and exciting….I am excited to see what I can do….and what others will accomplish.

What are the key pieces of advice to Rookies that you’ve learned over the years? Run lots. Train on tired legs. And come and enjoy the experience.

For someone who has never been to ENDURrun week, what should they expect? Ridiculous amounts of support, smiles, hugs, great food…..and you will see what awesome things you are capable of.

What about ENDURrun keeps you coming back? The people. The highs. The feeling of accomplishment. The challenge.

What are your ENDURrun 2019 stories? Just keep on keeping on. When you feel like you can’t go any further, take another step.

What are you most looking forward to about ENDURrun 2019? Spending a week with my running friends and family and seeing what all I can accomplish…..

What are you nervous about, if anything? Blowing up. Lol

Can you share any details of your training? Lots of miles. Training at Chicopee (a must). Run when you’re tired. Even if it’s slow.

What is your runner profile? I’ve been running for about 9 years….mileage has increased substantially over the years as have my efforts and goals. I love trails…..they are my special place. They force me to go slower and focus on time spent running rather than pace or distance. In addition, they strengthen your ankles, knees , hips….etc and make you happy 🙂

General mileage ranges between 70 and 130km/week. I love big miles. But need to be careful not to get carried away with them and set myself up for injury. I do try to incorporate a bit of speed work in…at least once a week ideally 2x.

What else would you like to share? Enjoy the journey and try to remember how many gifts running offers you. It makes life better in so many ways.