When the going gets tough for Brooke Wells, she gets mentally tough, motivated to prove all of those who said she couldn’t wrong. With the support of her boyfriend, friends, family, sponsors, and her guardian angel, Wells explores the limits of of the human body pushing herself onward to what she can do when all mental restraints are left behind.
Runners Feed: Take us through a typical day of your life
Brooke Wells: I wake up about 6-6:15 beside my boyfriend, Crosby Freeman, who is also running in the Trials. He and I constantly motivate each other to keep pushing towards Jan 14th, even when it’s pitch black out! I take a bite of a Kids Clif bar and head out to meet one of my female team mates, or Focus-n-Fly training partners in Golden Gate Park. The morning run is anywhere from 8-12 miles, many days include drills and dynamic plyometrics.
In the door about 8:15 to stretch and shower and it’s out the door by 8:45 to catch the express bus downtown.
Peets coffee is mandatory before I walk in the doors at 333 Bush where I am a strategist at AOL.
I am known for my creative “work kitchen” egg fritattas or bowl of greek yogurt, bananas and nuts.
On Tuesday and Thursday AOL sponsors a pilates class for one hour in the late morning.
Lunch at my desk about 12:30 consists of whole grains (quinoa, etc) spinach, nuts, some type of meat and tons of veggies in a bowl mixed with Hummus.
Meetings finish up about 4 and it’s out the door for run #2 (30-45 min) followed by core and stretching.
Dinner at home about 6:30 with Crosby- our ritual is to watch Jeopardy while we plow through food. If we can make it to Double Jeopardy without being through the meal, we congratulate ourselves.
Guittard Chocolate chips and a glass of bold red wine accompany most meals.
Bed time is about 9:30.
Runners Feed: Do you work full or part-time while training? If so, what do you do? If not, what has kept you afloat while you pursue your dream?
BW: I work full time at AOL. My company was gracious enough to let me work remotely from Tahoe in the month of October while I got in base training with the Bay Area Track Club and New Balance Silicon Valley runners. As I approach the trials, I am trying to work form home as much as possible to stay off my feet and sleep as much as possible.
RF: When the going gets tough on the 14th what will keep you gunning for the finish line?
BW: I always think of my guardian angel, my grandmother Bira, my family, Crosby and my coach Tom, as well as the hundreds of friends and people in the running community that have supported me along the way. I also think of the people that thought I could never get here, and what they would think now. Lastly, I push because I know I am capable of more and that the human body can accomplish unbelievable things when it does not have mental limits restraining it.
RF: What will you eat the night before?
BW: Chicken, veggies, and whole grain rice or gluten free pasta and dark chocolate
RF: Race day shoes?