Posted on Jul 15
Team New Balance: Meet Sarah Bowman
How did you get started running? I played soccer for 10 years and was always considered the "fast girl" on the field.
When did you recognize that competing professionally was something you aspired to? When I was 13, I won the 1600m at the national Hershey Track & Field meet in Disney World. Later that summer I also won the 1500m at the national AAU Junior Olympics. I realized then that running was something I was excelling at and I have been going after it ever since.
When did you recognize that competing professionally was something you could do? As every runner does, I have had many successful moments and just as many failures. I can't say that there was any particular defining moment when I recognized that competing professionally was a possibility for me. However, both the successful and unsuccessful moments have given me the drive to keep competing, so until the day I lose that desire, I plan to keep racing!
Favorite training venue: Tom Black Track (it's really my only training venue)
What is your favorite workout? Any type of interval geared towards 1500m training
Least-favorite workout: I hate long runs—they are boring—unless I am running with my friend and training partner Heidi Dahl because she always keeps it interesting.
Is there a place where you get an extra lift or home court advantage? When I am visiting my parents, I run at a place called Great Meadows. I always take Sophie (my white standard poodle) and she runs with me (unless she is chasing a bird, squirrel, deer, etc.). I like the having the company.
Favorite race event: 1500m
What is your pre-race / warm-up routine? About an hour out from my race I do a very dynamic warm-up that many people say looks like a sprinter routine. I usually finish with that in 30-40 minutes. Then I spike up about 15 minutes out from my race and put on chapstick (I'm kind of obsessed with the chapstick). A few strides and I am ready-to-go!
Piece of your race-day kit you would never be without: Spikes (although I've been known to forget them)
Favorite meal, the night before a race: Chicken or pasta
Favorite post-race meal: Ice cream—seriously
What gives you an advantage over your competition? My heart
What food or snack is your guiltiest pleasure? Ice cream, dark chocolate
Which character from a TV program or movie best resembles how you think of yourself? Lucy from I Love Lucy—sometimes I'm a little bit of a mess
What activity, apart from running, best-defines 'me time' for you? Playing with Sophie (my white standard poodle)
What person has most-shaped your career or life? Many different people have played a part and I am grateful for everyone in my life!
What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given? "To ever achieve greatly, one must dare to fail greatly."
Why do you run? I love to push myself. I have always said my running ability is a God-given gift and I want to see how far I can go with it. The feeling of crossing the finish line and knowing that I gave 100 percent compares with nothing else I have experienced. It is something I am passionate about and something that I simply love to do. Running lets me push my limits and escape pre-set boundaries.
Most embarrassing running moment: When I fell asleep on the bleachers and almost missed my race.
Proudest running moment: Every time I give my best—I am still holding out that my proudest moment is yet to come.
Who would you most like to run with? Darren Brown or my dog—but she's a dog so I guess she doesn't count.
What tips do you have for new runners? Run for yourself and no one else. Do it because you simply love it.
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
Coach: J.J. Clark
Event(s) & Personal Bests:
- 1500m 4:05
- 800m 2:02
- Mile 4:29
- DMR Indoor World Record holder
- 4x1500 World Record holder
- 4x800 American Record holder
- 2010 World Indoor Championship, 1500m, 9th place
- 2009 NCAA Indoor Mile Champion