The first local in our blog series is our very own Carter Gronseth. I remember the very first time Carter came into the store. Carter is easy to remember because she commands a room. She has the type of personality that just oozes calm-cool confidence. I think this is part of what makes Carter an amazing nurse at Avera. That and her huge heart and compassion for others. Thank you Carter for being an incredible friend, co-worker, support staff, contributor and all around 605 Running Community champion. Let's hear from Carter in her own words.
When did you start running? I started running in junior high track.
Who inspired you to start running? Thankfully, my sister-in-law Melissa inspired me to start running longer distances “for fun” when I was a junior in high school. My first half marathon was alongside Melissa and my mom. I told myself I would never run again. A few weeks later, there I was still running. I started to work at 605 Running Company as a “fun job” three years ago. This continues to ignite my love for running and I have met the best of friends at the store. I have learned a ridiculous amount about running shoes and gear, let me know if you ever have any questions!
Where do you like to run? I enjoy running roads around Sioux Falls, the bike trails, and occasionally Good Earth or Great Bear trails.
What is your ideal running day? My ideal running day is 50 degrees, no wind, and a rising sun. I rarely run in the evenings, mornings are my thing. If there is a lot of wind or frigid temperatures, I am the first person to hop on the treadmill. I have an odd love for that machine. I also love solo runs, however there is nothing better than a group run with good conversations. The miles seem to fly by!
Tell us about a setback you've faced as a runner? I had an overuse knee injury a few years ago where I had to stop running for two months. I did not cope well. Thankfully I have been able to avoid that since then with strength work.
What is your favorite post run meal? My favorite post-run meal is a good cup of coffee and brunch.
Tell us what keeps you motivated? Throughout the years, I have faced barriers keeping myself interested in running. When it becomes a chore, I have learned to switch things up with either running with different people, in a new area, or biking. Furry friends always add some excitement to the mix as well. Bella the yellow lab is my dedicated early morning running buddy.
What advice would you give a new runner? Advice I would give to a new runner is to start slow. It takes time and consistency to build endurance. Don’t give up! If you ever need a running buddy, let me know!
Why do you keep running? The reason that keeps me coming back to running is the high it gives me. It is my therapy. When I have a bad day, I know I can run out all my frustrations and tears. When I have a good day, I can celebrate with a run. Most every race has a “runner's high” moment during it for me. The first 605 Half Marathon in 2018 (now called the Skedaddle) was 13.1 miles of feeling phenomenal, rare but perfect race day! My favorite “runner’s high” was a simple, solo run on the bike trails. It was a spring morning with a beautiful sunrise. The miles felt easy, fast and light. It was the beginning of COVID with so many unknowns. It became evident to me that the outdoors and running will always be a consistent love I can lean on.
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