Alisha Brown

Madera, CA

haute volée Since: 2017

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born 11/08/1992
hometown madera, california




What is your favorite quote that guides, inspires, or embodies your training/racing/life?
During a rough workout sometimes I have to remind myself, as Les Brown puts it, "YOU HAVE GREATNESS WITHIN YOU!" That usually gives me the edge I need. 

During pain, I tell myself, "Keep pushing; at the end of pain is success." -Eric Thomas

And for the days that I don't even want to lace up my running shoes, I remind myself that, "To give less than your best is to sacrifice the gift." - Pre 

Favorite post-race meal? 
I usually crave a huge juicy burger after racing! It needs to have almost every topping available, and hopefully some fries and a shake will accompany that burger. 

What is your must-have piece of running gear?
I always need a split watch and long tights during training. During the winter I absolutely have to have some type of ear covering - that could be a beanie or a thick head band, and gloves. 

Do you have a training philosophy?
Since my college track career at UCR, I've stuck with the phrase "Train don't strain" - That is simply learning to listen and understand one's body; taking recovery days just as seriously as Threshold, MVO2, and Long Runs. And I'm still working on this: as runners we have to learn that our minds can take our bodies to levels that we could never imagine possible; so I train to make my "impossible" possible, because guess what...IT IS POSSIBLE! Every workout I keep my goals in the forefront of my mind, and during the workout I tell myself that it is possible. 

What are your favorite places to train?
Any chance when I am away, I love finding trails to run on a recovery or long run.  
Why do you run?
Running has always provided a sense of freedom and peace to my mind. The more mature I became in running, I realized that the faster I ran the more liberated I felt--liberated from all of my worries, free from barriers or opposition telling me I can't. I run because it proves me to myself; it empowers me. And somehow, that inspires other to find what empowers them and makes them happy. 

What is your favorite activity, when not running?
When not training I love spending time with my 1 year old son. He's got quite the personality! Other than spending time with him, when time permits I enjoy singing and playing my guitar. I like to think of myself as an acoustic soul artist. When possible, I'll attend open mic nights or I'll perform at different events.  

Complete the sentence: If I was stranded in a hotel room with one movie and one book they would be…
The Bible, or some type of reading on personal development and the movie Alice in Wonderland (the latest version with Johnny Depp). 

alisha's personal records

400m 55.99
800m 2:03.22
1500m 4:24.38 
5k 17:35 (2013)


racing highlights

2016 - Stumptown Twilight 800m Heat 2, 1st place
2016 - Hornet Invitational 800m, 1st place