This week we’ve got Heather Montgomery of Running With Sass standing in the Spotlight! You can tweet Heather up @runningwithsass, follow her on Pinterest, and find her on the Running With Sass Facebook page.
1. How do you define FitFluential?
To me, Fitfluential means being an encouragement and an inspiration in the realm of health and fitness. Banning together with like-minded people all for the purpose of making the world a more healthy place. I believe knowledge is power, and a lot of people just don’t know how to get started on their healthy living journey.
2. What is your main motivation to be fit?
The desire to be healthy to take care of my family is the main thing that drives me. How can I take care of my loved ones and each out to help others if I myself am not healthy and fit? I also really enjoy being an encouragement to people at all different points along their fitness journey. I think being able to practice what you preach is very important!
3. FitFluential believes the key to balance is Eat, Sleep, Move, Enjoy. What is your favorite way to Enjoy Life?
My husband and I love to travel. We have so much fun together, and really enjoy relaxing and soaking in the beauty that is all around us. Our favorite thing is going on cruises. Getting to see many different places within the span of a week is a lot of fun. We also enjoy just spending quality time together. Whether it be lounging at the pool, running together, or watching a movie, just being together is something really important to us.
4. What is your regular fitness routine?
I try to lift weights 4-5 times a week, cross train twice a week, and run four times a week. I just started a training cycle for the Disneyland half marathon, and it calls for an easy run, long run, tempo run, and speed workout every week. Trying to fit in my strength training and cross training is hard, but I know from past experience it is necessary for me to help keep me injury free. My husband lifts weights with me and we long run together on the weekends.
5. What advice do you have for someone at the beginning of their fitness journey?
The best advice I have been given is to not compare yourself and your progress or results with other people. Competing against yourself is fine, but if you try to compare yourself to others you will most likely be let down. There will always be someone faster, stronger, or more fit than you, and that’s ok! Just try to be the very best version of yourself that you can be.
Getting started is the hardest part. Form a habit, and just keep moving! Also, don’t be afraid to ask for help.
What do you reward yourself with after running a half marathon?
I live in the south and really love comfort food, it’s how I grew up! After a good hard race, I indulge in my very favorites, and of course dessert! Great southern cooking in moderation is ok in my book.