Name: Shayna X Kramer
Day job: Retail Manager
Why do you run? Running fulfills me physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.
How long have you been running? I had never done anything athletic before the summer of 2005 when I did my first sprint triathlon. A few years later, I did my first running only race and realized I can do this!
What makes someone a runner? Whether a few blocks or a few marathons, anyone who runs is a runner.
Miles per week: Majorly varies 20-50
Mile time: Nine minutes. I am a long distance runner, so I need to work on a killer one-miler.
Select races you’ve competed in (if any):
7 Marathons, Chicago Marathon, of course! Other favorites (besides Chicago): Detroit- You run over the bridge to Windsor, Canada and then under the tunnel back, and the Twin Cities-You run the rolling hills from Minneapolis to Saint Paul, 4 Half Marathons, 3 Olympic Triathlons, 7 Sprint Triathlons, and some fun runs, including Proud to Run.
Favorite running route(s): Destination run: Where I run to a desired destination, like a BBQ; Commute run: Run from one place to another, usually from work to home; Theme run: Use a route according to a specific theme, such as diagonal streets; Educational run: Create a route with a specific educational goal. For example, a 12 mile run on Martin Luther King Day where I ran by 18 black historical landmarks in Chicago; Nature run: Route through nature, usually Lake Shore path; Social run: Running with a friend. Love this because it is great to chat and usually a faster-paced run; Holiday run: Running on a holiday. For example, a 13 mile run ensures the best Thanksgiving feast ever; Meditation run: Running and balancing your soul at the same time.
Best run: Running 10 out of 13 miles with a complete stranger on Thanksgiving day because it seemed someone in a car was stalking me.
Worst run: Any run that I have to go bathroom bad and can't.