Name: Kimberly Henry

What town do you live in now: Holly Springs

Where are you originally from: Mt. Prospect, IL (NW Suburban Chicago

When did you start running: Middle School (although we called it Jr. High way back then…) I ran track in 7th and 8th grades and cross country (XC) beginning in 8th grade.

Why did you start running: My gym teacher approached me after the Presidential Physical Fitness tests and said, “Hey- you should run cross country.” I was like, “Um, okay!” Seriously. That’s all it took, LOL. Of course, I had no idea what Cross Country was when he said that, but I was still up for the challenge!

What is your running shoe of choice: I have a solid rotation of Hoka One One Clifton 2 (over 5 mile runs) and Saucony Nomad TR (under 5 mile runs)

What is your favorite running accessory (you don’t leave home without it): I have a 4-way tie: RoadID, Garmin Forerunner 235, FlipBelt, visor

What race are you currently training for: Nothing at the moment. Just running for fun and fitness right now. I lost my love of racing after PRing my final marathon in 2015. I’d much rather volunteer or spectate than race these days. I am signed up for the Kiawah Island Half in December, but I’m not sure if I’m doing it just in support of my daughter (her 1st half) or actually trying to do well. Probably just supporting Erin.

How many days a week do you run: It depends. When training: usually 4-5. Currently: 2-4

How many miles a week do you run: When training: 35+. Currently: 10-20

What time of day do you like to run: In the summer, the earlier the better. The rest of the year, those 9:30am runs with the Daytime Run Crew are my jam!

What is your favorite type of training run (speedwork, hills, tempo, long, easy, etc): All of them. And I equally hate all of them. Okay- not the long run. I do not hate the long run. Speed work is probably the hardest for me, mentally, so I usually procrastinate doing it. But when I’m finished, I always feel like a beast- so I love it. I’m crazy, I know.

What was your most frustrating running related injury: For over a year, I had tendonitis in my right ankle. Very painful, very frustrating. Never hurt me while I was running, but when I stopped and was inactive for any length of time… omg, it was horrendous. I went to the doctor several times for it, but we couldn’t figure out what was causing the tendonitis to occur, so it just wouldn’t go away. I went to PT, had an ultrasound done on it… it was so frustrating. Finally, I realized that the arch of my right foot was “falling” a bit. Went and got inserts for my shoes and, voila! No more tendonitis!

If you could run any race which one would you choose: Ragnar Relay – Napa Valley or Ragnar Relay – Hawaii

What is your favorite distance in a race: 10 Mile/Half Marathon

What is your favorite race: Kiawah Island Half Marathon

What was your worst race: Rock n Roll Raleigh Full Marathon 2014- never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever again.

What is your biggest running accomplishment: While I feel very proud of all of my PRs at various distances, I think my greatest running accomplishments aren’t about *me* at all. In 2012, I created the Holly Springs XC Club for kids ages 9-14 through the Town of Holly Springs. It is so unbelievably amazing to watch these incredible kids of all shapes, sizes, levels of fitness and experience train for and complete the various races we have entered. They are truly inspiring people and I’m grateful to be a part of it. Also, coaching XC and track at Holly Springs High School has been life-changing. I get to be around some of the very best people IN THE WORLD and help them to dream bigger and work harder than they ever thought possible. Watching them succeed with each new season best or personal record or regional qualifying time or state meet performance- there are no words for that kind of pride.