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Member Spotlight November 2021

Kasha Nitarska Profile

Why did you start running?

I broke my back 8 years ago and when leaving the hospital, I was told my life would evolve around walking only; no riding horses, physical activities, so I decided to prove the doctors wrong. To cut a long story short, 7 months later I returned to work and began running easy 5km distances to get my legs going again. I ran my first race which was a 10km, just over a year after the accident.

What/who motivates you?

Myself. I need to be very disciplined with my time management as work and other commitments take up a lot of my day. In order to achieve anything, I set myself goals that motivate me.

What is a typical training week?

Monday – 10k tempo

Tuesday – 10 miles

Wednesday – day off

Thursday – intervals (speed/hills)

Friday – 10k easy

Saturday – long run 10m + (mileage depends on marathon dates)

Sunday – day off

The above schedule is adjusted when factoring in work/life events.

Favourite session?

Long runs all the way!

Least favourite session?

Hills, although our love/hate relationship has started improving recently!

Road or trail?

Road any time!

Top 5 songs on your running playlist

In no particular order…

Be the one – Dua Lipa

Girl on fire – Alicia Keys

Call on me -Eric Prydz

Chandelier – Sia

Sex on fire – Kings of Leon

Do you run alone or with a group?

Alone. Always.

What other training do you do?

I do a little bit of yoga and stretching. Since my job is a physical one, working from 7am-5pm with horses, this counts towards my cross training.

What is your greatest running achievement so far?

Finishing the New York marathon in sub 4 after falling over halfway through and cutting my knee open. I honestly thought my race was over, but pure determination and anger got me to that finish line.

What was your last race?

I ran the 10km at Dorney Lake in October 2021.

What are your future running goals?

I’m chasing the Six Star Medal which honours runners who complete all six Major marathons. I am half way there and need to run Tokyo, Boston and Chicago next year to achieve the medal. Covid and travel bans have been obstacles this year and I’m hoping travel restrictions will be lifted next year.

What’s on your bucket list?

Running an ultra, possibly the Two Oceans Marathon in Cape Town (56km), and climbing Kilimanjaro Mountain in the next couple years.

What advice would you give someone who is just starting to run?

Don’t compare yourself to others and whatever you choose to do running wise, make sure you enjoy it!

What do you like to do when you’re not running?

Walking my dogs, reading about running (training, tips, motivational quotes) and eating!

What would you name the autobiography of your running life?

Never ending story…