leah shea

ambassador Member Since: 2011
 hometown berea, ohio

Do you have a quote that guides, inspires, or embodies your training/racing/life?
There are so many good running quotes out there...one of my favorites since my high school days is “Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up.  It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn’t matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle...when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.” As for my philosophy and/or thoughts? Running has been a part of my life for so long that I can’t even imagine a world without it (and hope I don’t have to). I’m thankful that I have been relatively healthy over my many years of running and perhaps because of this, I have maintained my passion for the sport. Whether it’s a short training run or a competitive race, I strive to leave everything I have for the day on the road, trail or track. We all have days that aren’t perfect and races that are sub-par, but if at the end of the day I can say that I’ve given it my all I feel proud and happy with myself.

Why do you run?
It’s a sport that I can see myself doing for my entire life. Whether or not my speed is something I can maintain, I love the fact that I will have the opportunity to pound the pavement as long as my body will allow it.  I love being outside, fighting the elements and pushing myself to my limits.  Unlike some other sports, running is something that requires self motivation, discipline and dedication...and I love that fact.

What is your favorite place to run?
I am lucky enough to live a mile away from the Cleveland Metroparks system and this is where I log the majority of my miles.  There’s nothing better than being able to run right down into the park without having to drive to get there.  It’s great to have so many different options on the path and even better that I can see so many runners, walkers and bikers taking advantage of our parks on a daily basis!

Running gear you can't live without?
My husband bought me a Garmin about 2 years ago after I requested a basic HR monitor.  My Garmin is far from a simple HR monitor, but I’ve really enjoyed using it on my runs and during races.  I still need to figure out all of the bells and whistles, but I love seeing my pace throughout a run and then uploading to the computer when I get home.

What is your favorite local running store?
Active Runner in Strongsville, OH

What is your favorite post-race treat?
I usually find that I can’t eat much after a run, so usually it’s plain old water.  After a race I usually partake in the granola or protein type bar that’s provided just to get something in my belly.  It’s amazing to see the spread at some of the larger races...I’ve seen everything from donuts to pizza to ice cream!

Where would we find you when you're not running?
In a gym training someone, spending time with my husband and our cat (Brooks, named after my favorite brand of training shoes), spending time with friends/family or shopping!

Complete the sentence: If I was stranded in a hotel room with one movie and one book, they would be…
This is tough as I have so many favorite movies and books, but if I had to narrow it down I’d say How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days or Pretty Woman (fun and happy romantic type movies) or something sad and sappy like Beaches or Steel Magnolias (for a good cry).  The book of choice is To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

leah's favorites

Race Distance 5k, 13.1 and 26.2
Workout 6-8 miler.
Pump Up Song Chariots of Fire theme, Rocky theme or One Moment in Time by Whitney Houston