Thank you Eddie Wooten for featuring me in “Running Shorts”
April Joy Bowden
Day job: Photographer.
Why I run: “I started running again as a way to shed a few pounds. After I completed my first 5K, I was hooked again.
A typical week: “I usually run 3-5 times a week. The longest distance I have done at one time is 10 miles. When it fits in my schedule, I run with Black Girls Run! in High Point.”
Favorite place to run: “I like to run anywhere that it’s quiet. My favorite season to run is fall. I love the colors.”
Asphalt or trails? “Trails.”
Other athletic pursuits: “When I started running just before my last birthday, I set a goal to run 1,000 miles before my 40th birthday in June. I have 350 miles to go.”
Faster, higher, stronger: “I like to do what I call ‘street lights’ for speed. I run as fast as I can from one street light to the next, rest between the next and do it again.”
Look what I did: I’m most proud of registering for my first half-marathon in Myrtle Beach. Can’t wait to get to the start … and the finish line.”
We all have tough days: “I left my race bib at home for one of the races I completed last year. Having to rush back home was not fun. Now, I leave the bib in the car.”
Most people don’t know: “I only watch about three hours of TV each month.”
Words to the wise: “Don’t overdo it. Rest is as important as running.”
Anything else: “I started a Facebook group: I RUN This City, where I post motivational pictures and quotes. The group is currently holding a 500-mile challenge. To date, the participants have logged over 2,500 miles. I RUN This City believes in giving back to the community. For Christmas, I hosted a run to benefit Toys for Tots. This summer, I will host a run to collect school supplies. Each year, IRTC will choose a city and form a team to walk-run a race. This years selection is ‘Run Like a Girl’ in Richmond, Va.”