Holloway model Lesley Koppert is no stranger to fitness. She is a seasoned runner from Aiken, South Carolina whose favorite distance is the all-mighty marathon. She’s currently in the process of running one in every single state. She’s at 8 in 8 right now and shows no sign of slowing down. Holloway is proud of all she has accomplished and we can’t wait to see what’s next for her. In the meantime, we’ve asked her some questions to help you get to know her. After all, you’ll be seeing a lot of her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!
Favorite pre-race or training food/drink:
I drink plenty of water to make sure I’m properly hydrated and usually eat something small but rich in carbohydrates like an energy bar or a bagel with peanut butter.
Favorite motivational song:
Lately, I’ve had Omi’s “Cheerleader” on repeat – it gets my feet moving!
Favorite inspirational quote:
Motivation is what gets you started, but habit is what keeps you going. (To remind myself to get out and run every day I can.)
Where can other runners connect or follow you:
Blog: A Weim of a Time
Tell us about your running background. How did you get started?
My older sister is also a runner and she encouraged me to join the track team while I was in high school. I ran the mile and two-mile distance for our team, but started experimenting with longer distances on my own. I ran my first half-marathon in high school and then eventually did my first marathon (which is the distance I’ve stayed with.)
Why do you still push yourself to get out and do it?
I think always having a long-term goal in mind gets me out the door – whether it be an upcoming race or a set amount of mileage I want to log.
How many miles a week do you typically run?
It really varies depending on where I am in my marathon training, so anywhere from 25-45 miles per week.
Why do you run marathons? What attracts you to this distance?
I’m challenged in a new way every time I run a marathon and I feel a sense of accomplishment after crossing the finish line that I don’t get from other distances. Also, with running a marathon in every state, this distance lets me experience each state in a different way. I’ve been able to run down the Las Vegas Strip at night, run across the grounds of the Biltmore Estate and literally follow the footsteps of Lewis and Clark on a trail run in St. Louis.
What advice do you have for runners aspiring to run their first race?
Have a positive attitude and be patient with your progress. Oh, and invest in a good pair of running shoes!
What inspires you?
My mother is my inspiration for everything I do. She passed away last year and it’s been really hard to move forward without her, but I do everything in her name and to make her proud, whether it be for charity or to challenge myself in a new way
What are you current goals?
My long-term goal is to run 50 marathons in 50 states by the age of 50 (50 by 50!) I’ve been checking off 2-3 marathons per year and am on track to hit that goal at this pace!
My short-term goal is running across the state of South Carolina over Thanksgiving weekend to raise awareness on homelessness and raise money/food donations for two local homeless shelters/soup kitchens. I will start in Tega Cay at the North Carolina-South Carolina border Thanksgiving morning and run approximately 150 miles across the state to North Augusta at the Georgia-South Carolina border. I’ve been focusing on getting slow and steady miles in because this will be my longest run yet!
If you would like to support Lesley in her efforts to raise money by completing an epic cross-state run, you can find more info on her Go Fund Me page. Again, we are truly proud to work with such an amazing person. Way to go, Lesley!