Kelly Brinkman might win the award for the most modest OT Qualifier. She was perplexed that we would even be interested in her answers. Brinkman does not consider herself a professional runner, does upwards of 90% of her running in her living room, and has a pretty important job.
RunnersFeed: Take us through a typical day of your life
KB: I usually start my day around 6am with a run. Depending on my schedule, and how much sleep I was able to get the night before, it’s usually my main effort for the day. 8-13 miles is the norm. What is not normal, is that I do 90% of my training on a treadmill in my living room. Yep. People think I’m nuts, but it works for me. After the run, it’s off to work. After work/during my lunch break, 3 days per week, I’ll head to the gym and do a quick 30-45 minute strength training session (no personal trainer, just my own routine that I’ve developed over the years). Then in the evenings, most days, I do another run. Sometimes a “social run” with my boyfriend or a group of casual joggers, other times, it will be another 3-8 miles on my handy treadmill. I also do a sport called “adventure racing,” so if it’s the summer season (competition season for that sport), my evening run might be exchanged for a bike ride. Between my work-outs, work, and then any additional errands and activities, I’m usually not in bed until around 11pm. It helps that I don’t have any kids to take care of, and my boyfriend is active too (more of a biker though), so he’s very supportive and understanding of my training.
RF: 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?
KB: I work full-time as a promotional speaker for a business college in Richfield, MN (Minneapolis suburb). I travel to different high schools every day to speak to students about the importance of higher education. Which school I travel to, and how many classes I speak to, depends on which teachers invite me into their classrooms. Because of this, my schedule is all over the map. Some days I have to be up at 5am and on the road to be at a school (that’s 2 hours away) for the first class of the day. Other days I might not start until 10am at a school that’s just down the road. For the most part though, my schedule is like the schedule of a teacher and usually allows enough time for training.
RF: When the going gets tough on the 14th what will keep you gunning for the finish line?
KB: When the going gets tough… I’m an amateur runner. My goal was to make it to the Trials. When I’m there, I’m just going to try take it all in and enjoy it (as much as one can enjoy racing for 26.2 miles!). When it starts to get painful, around mile 20, I plan on thinking about how hard I’ve trained to get here, the friends and family who are cheering me on from MN (and other places), and the joy I will feel when I cross that finish line. There’s nothing like the satisfaction of finishing a race.
RF: What will you eat the night before?
KB: I’ll probably have the stereotypical pasta dish the night before, no oils or butter. Lots of water. And that’s it. Nothing too special.
RF: Race day shoes
KB: Brooks Green Silence race flats