Aimee Brown July 11, 2013 TWEET COMMENTS 0

The Heart of the Matter - Page 3

Sproston back home between her frequent international trips. Photo by Justin Bailie.

When she’s home, her normal routine consists of walking out her front door to run in Forest park, a network of more than 80 miles of trail just minutes away. She tries to clock between 50 and 60 miles per week, but isn’t always successful.

“My highest mileage training weeks are only ever around 70 miles,” Sproston says, rolling her beer bottle between her hands. “I can rarely make a concrete training plan due to my travel schedule, but sometimes I’m able to combine work trips with races.”

At 5'9" she has a long stride that eats up miles, and her natural athletic ability helps keep her running hard even when her training is sporadic. She ran cross country for Luther college in Iowa. Ten years later, she moved to Washington, D.C., and became a member of the Virginia Happy Trails running club. The group launched her into trail running and ultras. The more she ran on the trails, the more she realized she favored long distances. If her 2012 finish at the World championships is any indication, the 100K might be Sproston’s ideal distance.

“I started running when I was in seventh grade," she says. "I went out for track and ran the mile because I was too slow to sprint."

Sproston focuses primarily on distances 50 miles and longer, though she will jump into the occasional shorter race usually because either the company or the costumes can’t be beat.

“Running has always centered me,” she says. “I want to run well, but the pressure that can come with racing isn’t something I enjoy. I’ve learned that the longer a race is, the less it usually feels like racing.”

Recent Highlights

1st place > Sun Mountain 50M
(Winthrop, WA), 2012
Gold Medal > USA 100K World Championship Team (Seregno, Italy), 2012
8th place > Western States 100M
(Squaw Valley, CA), 2012
8th place > UTMB (Chamonix, France), 2012
1st place > Hellgate 100K (Fincastle, VA), 2011
8th place > Western States 100M
(Squaw Valley, CA), 2011
Silver Medal > USA 100K World Championship Team (Winschoten, Netherlands), 2011
1st place > JFK 50M (Hagerstown, MD), 2010


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