Our “Runner of the week” category is back again! We are proudly presenting you one fantastic runner and even better person Anna Fost.
Introduce yourself to our readers.
When did you start running?
I started focusing on mountain running in 2004 and since then explored Skyrunning, stages races, adventure races, and ultras.
Were you athletic at all before you took up running?
Yes, I played every sport and did every adventure imaginable basically from when I could walk.
Do you remember the first moment you felt “like a runner”?
I often have those moments. When I reach the top of a mountain when I finally feel like I am running with no pain, when I feel fast through the trees, after a break/rest from running.
Has running affected your work in any unexpected ways?
Yes, running has been the tool that has taken me around the world, traveling to new places, meeting new people, experiencing new levels of challenge.
How often do you get recognized while running or racing?
Often, and it is really inspiring to see so many people love running the way I do too.
What do you find to be the most rewarding thing about running?
That we can all do it together
Do you race? Who do you race against? (It’s Superman, isn’t it?)
Yes, I race, against superwoman! But it is only a very small part of why I run. The training and hours put into races is really the essential part.
Tell us one of your favorite memories of running.
I have had way too many wonderful memories, but some of my favorites are when I see friends and family finishing a race that they have worked so hard for. Make me cry every time!
What defined you as a runner?
Being honest and real.
Do you have a personal mantra that keeps you going on days you don’t feel like going out to run?
I have mantras while racing and training, but if I really don’t feel like going for a run, I usually do something different and fun instead.
How do you measure success as a runner?
What’s your first recollection of running?
As a tiny girl running around at the beach
Explain your philosophy on diet and nutrition, assuming you have one (and maybe you don’t)?
Balance and moderation – which includes chocolate and coffee.
What training phase are you in right now (and when does it end?)
I am constantly in a training phase whether it is focused on speed, or endurance, fun or recovery, or cross-training. I love to keep my training interesting.
How are you improving your past training to get faster?
I don’t really, I just try to keep as fit and healthy as possible
What’s your favorite pre-race fuel? What’s your favorite post-race fuel? What’s your typical meal like?
Pre-race = sweet potatoes, salad and quinoa, post-race = chocolate and wine
What do you think about on long runs?
Everything and nothing. each day, each mile is different.
How long are your long runs?
What’s your marathon PR?
I have never done one
What is the key to success as a long-distance runner?
Consistency and patience
What makes you go the extra mile during a race when you begin to feel tired?
All the hard work that I have put into the race, all the sacrifices I have made and to all my family and friends that are willing me along.
What is your must-have piece of kit?
Running pack and trail shoes
What are the top three “little things” that you do to prevent injuries?
Listen to my body, cross train – especially yoga, take a good rest/recovery
Do you have to worry about chafing? What do you do?
Squirrels nut butter!!!
Running with music: Yes or no?
Hills or heat?
Road or trail?
Fill in the blank: Barefoot running is __________
Only for the beach
What was the last race you did, and how’d it go?
Hardrock 100 – it was awesomely hard and brutal and rewarding
What’s next, race-wise?
Still in the planning
What’s the coolest place you’ve ever run?
Have you ever run for charity?
Yes, we run for Children of Uganda
What are you most looking forward to at the finish line?
What do you think is the biggest misconception about running or runners in general?
I think it is all true!
Next up, If you could go pro in any other sport than running, what would it be?
What is your lifetime running goals?
To keep on running
Who is the person who inspires you to do sports (friends, relatives, famous athletes, etc.)?
I was born with an adventurous bug, so I’ll say, my parents!
What is the key to your success?
Keep on keeping on!
If you could deliver one message to every runner reading this – and you can! – what would it be?
Run because you love it, race from your heart, take all others expectations away and do it for yourself.
Anna, the whole RunningMAX team is wishing you all the best and stay positive because persons like you make this world better!