#weavstreak Spotlight: Sam

In the middle of November, we started our first #weavstreak - a 30-day run streak challenge, where Weavers were to run one mile a day for 30 days. 40 days later, we're STILL GOING STRONG!! And some runners have pledged to run all the way to the New Year.

We recently noticed a runner often getting her #weavstreak run in after 12+ hours of work at the hospital. What dedication. It was the tip of her iceberg - read her story below!

 

1. Name: Samantha Houchin @samhouchin

2. How long have you been running? 3 1/2 years

My favorite race (Evansville Half Marathon) and current half marathon PR. My boyfriend is my biggest supporter and comes to watch me run even in the rain.

My favorite race (Evansville Half Marathon) and current half marathon PR. My boyfriend is my biggest supporter and comes to watch me run even in the rain.

3. Why'd you get started? (tell us a story!) First of all I hated running. I never ran in high school or college.  Then my little sister ran a half marathon in 2013 in a little over 2 hours. My dad bet me that I couldn't beat her time. I started training and raced the following year. In 2014, I finished the half marathon in 1:52 and beat my sister. My love for running came from a friendly competition and the fact that I love proving people wrong. Now, I have completed 8 half marathons and one full marathon (bucket list!!!).

I continue to run in honor of my grandpas.  They both had heart disease and I want to stay healthy in honor of them. My left foot has a tattoo dedicated to them; with every step they are still with me. Whenever I feel tired or start to feel defeated during a race, I think about my grandpas and say a little prayer.

First half marathon with my little sister.

First half marathon with my little sister.

4. Why are you streaking? I am streaking to find my love for running again. I got burnt out. My schedule is hectic with two jobs, school, two puppies, and trying to maintain a household. I had made running another to-do list item instead of running for enjoyment.

5. What's your favorite/least favorite part of running? My favorite part of running is the races. I am the girl running/singing/dancing during races that tries to keep everyone positive and happy, and it makes my day. My least favorite part of running would either be the several injuries I have endured or the fact that I get burnt out so easily. I go from "I get to run today" to "I have to run today" easily.

6. How does running to music make you feel? Running to music always makes me feel happy or ready to kick butt. When I need to do sprints or tempo work, I put on rap or something with a fast beat to pump me up. When I’m doing a long run, I need music that’s upbeat and happy to keep me going.

We hope you're as inspired as we are by Sam's story! And if you haven't downloaded Weav Run, give it a try now!