Sarahi Milian – Featured Runner of the Week
In our 25th edition of our favorite weekly post, we spotlight Sarahi Milian as our Featured Runner of the Week. The aim of having a Featured Runner of the Week is not to necessarily single out any individuals, but we want to feature runners who through their uniqueness may one day inspire you to run or reach for new running highs. Every runner has broken down their own barriers, whether it was the big obstacle to take the first running step or entering a race. Each runner will have their own story and to most these stories to others are very inspiring. Sarahi Milian – Featured Runner of the Week is a great way to kick off our weekend!
We welcome your feedback and nominations of runners who you feel deserve to be featured here. Our Featured Runner of the Week is selected at random on a weekly basis. Every runner deserves to be mentioned and we will do our best to select a wide field of runners to bring their stories for you to enjoy.
Let’s take a few minutes and get to know Sarahi this week!
Where are you originally from? Lancaster, CA
What is your favorite distance to race? Why? Honestly I’m still trying to figure that out. During high school all I ever ran was 5k’s so I’m trying different things now, but I still enjoy doing 5k’s!
What originally got you into running? Soccer. I played soccer growing up, and my high school cross country coach kept insisting I joined his team because he saw good potential in me. Long story short, I joined and I fell in love with it. Being able to push myself and beating my own times felt great! I enjoyed seeing my teammates succeed as well and everyone was always extremely encouraging (and competitive of course).
What is your main motivation to keep going? A healthy life! Diabetes runs strong in my family and I’m trying to not get it. When I first joined the Beaufort Track Club it was right after they told me I was pre-diabetic. Six months after running and changing my eating habits I was cleared. But I still battle with it, because last check up didn’t go as well again. And it’s frustrating when I feel like I’m doing all I can and the doctors tell you “you’re more than likely gonna get it, it’s just a matter of time due to your family history”. So my goal is to be an example for my family and live a healthy lifestyle.
When you’re not running, what do you do? I enjoy taking long walks with my dogs while listening to music and I love going to Zumba class!
What is your next race? As of right now I haven’t signed up for one. I’m waiting to be cleared from my Doctor. But, if all goes well I will definitely be doing the Rock n Roll one again in November.
Describe your perfect run: When I feel unstoppable! When my music is loud, and I can feel the breeze gently hitting my face as I pass and enjoy the beautiful scenery downtown Beaufort.
What piece of advice do you have for someone who is just starting out? Do not stop, nor give up so easily. Trust yourself and enjoy your journey. Although some days may seem harder than others, just get out and do it. You’ll feel proud of yourself and seeing what you’re capable of.
What has been the single greatest thing you have gotten back from running? The amazing friendships and support from our running community. It seriously makes me feel like I can do it all with the amazing support everyone has showed me!
Goals for this year? Do my first full marathon in November and do another half marathon and beat my initial time.
Thank you for taking the time to tell us your story this week Sarahi and we wish you the best this year in meeting all of your training and racing goals! #staygrounded #runbeaufort #runwithpassion
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