Feature Friday: Sabrina Glunt
Feature Friday: Sabrina Glunt
What are some of your hobbies? What are you involved in here at Ohio State?
My hobbies include working out, running playing music, hanging out with friends, and catching up on the latest netflix show. Here at Ohio State, I am involved in Delta Zeta, Rec Sports, Buckeyethon and the Musician's Collective.
You said you like working out and running. Have you always been a runner?
No. Growing up I was very unathletic. I joined cross country back in 2010 with some of my friends. When I set my first personal record, I suddenly felt this hunger to become better than myself. I started with a 5k time of 41 minutes and dropped it down to 24:48 by my senior year of high school. When I came to college I was lucky enough because running was something I could easily continue to do. So I guess you could say that I became a runner in 2010 and I fell in love with running along the way.
What made you decide to run a marathon? Why did you choose the Nationwide Children's Columbus Marathon?
I ran the half marathon last year. When I made the decision to run the full it was kind of like a "why not?" decision. I learned quickly that it wasn't just a "why not?" decision. However, I really wanted to push my limits so I kept up with the training. I chose the Nationwide Children's because it was in Columbus and also because it was a cause very personal for me. Being a childhood cancer survivor, this eemed like something I needed to do.
How long did you train for the marathon? What was the biggest challenge during your training?
I officially began my training in mid-July, but I was already running before then so I had a lot of endurance built up. The biggest challenge of my training was the long run days. Most of these runs fell on Sundays which meant getting myself to go to bed early on game day. This was often difficult. In addition, It also took a lot of my energy once the runs became longer than two hours. The toughest day was when I ran for three hours straight. In the final half hour my thighs, hips, and knees were so sore and it was very hard to push myself to keep going.
Describe your experience during the Columbus Marathon: Were you nervous? Were you tired? What motivated you?
The night before I was so nervous. I kept needing to calm myself down and tell myself that I was going to be just fine. Luckily I wasn't tired. I really focused on getting enough sleep the whole week beforehand. What kept me going was remembering all the times I thought things were impossible. I used to think running one mile was impossible. Then I thought three miles was impossible. I even thought 13 was impossible. But I was able to run all of that. I trained properly for the marathon, I knew I could do it. I wanted to show myself I could accomplish this. That morning I just got really excited, but also a felt like I wanted to get it over with. What really kept me going was seeing the kids at every mile. I would think to myself, "Yes I'm in pain, and yes I want to stop, but these kids are in pain almost everyday. I know this. Some of these kids aren't even able to walk. You need to keep going. You're doing this for them."
How did you feel at the end of the marathon?
When I saw the finish line I started sprinting and when I finished I could barely breathe. this was probably not one of my best decisions, but I just wanted to get to the finish. After that, I was filled with endorphins and was so full of energy that I began cheering. I was a little sore, but I was able to push past it. However, later that night I was waddling around in pain.
Now that your marathon is over, how do you plan to continue living a Life In Motion? What is your next goal?
I'm still trying to figure out what to do next. I was training so hard these past few months that I feel kind of stuck in a limbo. I would love to finally go to group fitness classes now! Due to my strict training schedule it was hard to make it to classes outside those that I teach. In addition, I think I might do the Cap City half marathon in the spring. I have also talked to some of my friends about eventually doing a tough mudder or a spartan race. There are endless possibilities.
What advice would you give to those who might be trying to live a better Life in Motion?
I would say find something fun that pushes YOUR comfort zone. That may be just trying out Zumba classes or maxing out on the bench press. Staying active is so much more enjoyable if you like what you're doing. Also, it's a very rewarding feeling when you do something you never thought you could do.