RunningLane Athlete Highlight: Kylie Korsnack
RunningLane athlete Kylie Korsnack has had a spectacular 2019. She has set a load of personal best performances this fall. Recently Kylie ran a BIG PR of 1:22:19 half marathon (that is 6:17 pace!) at the CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental Marathon. We are so excited to see her take on more big goals in 2020. Get to know a bit more about Kylie.
How long have you been running and how did you get started?
I’ve been running for about 15 years. I joined the cross-country team my junior year of high school to stay in shape for basketball, but as it turned out, I was pretty good at it, so it soon became my primary sport. I’ve pretty much been running ever since.
What are you currently training for?
I just finished a very successful fall season! My goal race was the Indy Monumental Half Marathon, and I ended up surprising myself and running 1:22:19, a PR of almost 2 minutes! So, I’ll take a bit of a break over the next few weeks before looking ahead to the spring.
What are some goals you have for 2020 racing?
I am planning to focus on some shorter races in the Spring – 5K and 10K. I’d love to break 18:00 in the 5K and maybe go sub-37:00 in the 10K.
What is your favorite race?
I really like the thrill of running fast, so my favorite distance to race is the 5K. Although I enjoy other things about running half marathons and marathons, I actually have a hard time activating my competitive nature in those longer races. In the 5k though, you have to jump right into the race from the moment the gun goes off. There isn’t time to ease-in or slowly reel in the competition. The 5k demands immediate and continued focus. You have to pay attention and respond in real-time to those around you – even if such a response goes against your initial race plan. So, whereas you might say that a marathon requires precision and patience, the 5K encourages risk-taking, flexibility, and quick response. And personally, I gravitate towards the latter.
Where is your favorite place to run?
My favorite place to run in this little nature preserve in the town where I grew up. The park contains only a few miles of trails, but it is a very special place for me. Between high school, college, and all of my visits home since, I’ve run so many miles within that one little forest. I always look forward to returning to those trails.
What is your favorite running memory (s)?
One of the most memorable races of my running career was the 2006 Mid-American Conference Cross Country Championships in Buffalo, New York. The park where the race took place had flooded the week before so the course was a giant mud-pit. Race morning brought temperatures in the mid-30s and pouring rain. Not the most-conducive conditions for a conference championship! But, my teammates and I embraced the conditions and powered through to an unexpected 2nd place team finish. I have never been so cold, but so happy at the end of the race. And my dad drove all the way there to stand out in the rain to watch the event. A true fan, indeed.
How long have you been with RunningLane and why did you get a coach?
I have been with RunningLane for almost 2 years. Before that, I had been coaching myself for years, but I was starting to get bored with my training and was having trouble staying motivated. I was also in the middle of writing a dissertation, and I knew that I needed to keep running – if only as a form of self-care during a really stressful time in my life. So, I guess I got a coach because I needed some outside accountability, and I needed someone to shake up my training a bit. I had worked previously with some of the coaches at RunningLane, so I trusted their expertise, and I knew that our coaching philosophies aligned.
Why do you run?
There are so many reasons for why I run. I started running to fill a vacancy in my otherwise year-round sports schedule. But soon, running became an important part of my routine – a standard part of my daily practice that at various points throughout my life has helped me to find community and connection. I run to explore new places. I run to meet new people. I run to inspire others. But, I also run for me.