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Julie Brinksneader pushes her 16-month-old daughter Kylie while out on a run Friday, Sept. 28, on the People Trail.
Julie Brinksneader pushes her 16-month-old daughter Kylie while out on a run Friday, Sept. 28, on the People Trail.


Julie Brinksneader

Age: 29

City: Columbus

Family: Husband, Adam Brinksneader; daughter Kylie, 17 months.

Occupation: Registered nurse, joint and spine center at Columbus Regional Hospital

Where do you workout?

Outside, mostly on the People Trail and around the neighborhood.

How many hours a week do you work out?

Eight to 10 hours.

Tell us about your workout routine.

I run or ride my bike with my daughter three to five times a week for 30 minutes to an hour in the morning. If I want to go on a longer run or bike ride, I do it in the evening when my husband can watch the baby. I also try to make time to bike with co-workers and friends on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. On weekends, I usually participate in one of the local road races or triathlons. I usually participate in the Indianapolis Mini Marathon, and another full- or half-marathon in the fall.

What inspired you to begin a regular fitness routine?

I have been running since middle school, and I swam and ran cross-country and track at Columbus North High School. My coaches taught me positive attitude, hard work and how to enjoy swimming and running. I continued running in college at the University of Evansville. Even when I was pregnant, I ran and raced until I was about 30 weeks along. As soon as I got the OK from my doctor after delivering, I started training for a marathon, and completed the Monumental Marathon in Indianapolis six months after having Kylie.

How do you make time to work out?

I make it part of the time I get to spend with my daughter. Sometimes we will run to a park, then I let her play on the playground, and then we run back. She gets fresh air and play time, and I get a workout.

Do you listen to music when you work out?

Only when I’m alone. Then I like anything I can sing along to, such as Taylor Swift, Dixie Chicks, Eminem, the Beatles and Michael Buble.

What is one of your favorite fitness moments?

My husband and I trained for the Chicago Marathon together and ran the whole thing in the 85-degree heat. Another great moment was the first marathon I ran after having Kylie. The running “high” was amazing.

What motivates you?

I want to be healthy. I know that healthy people live longer, and I want to reach my 100th birthday.

What advice would you give someone who wants to start a fitness routine?

Start with run-walking and then gradually build yourself to running more than walking. Find a group of people with the same goals, and train with them for a race.

— Beth Clayton-George,

bclayton-george@therepublic.com

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