Katie Visco, 23, has never run a marathon, but she’s currently in the middle of running 3,200 miles. The Glen Ellyn-native ran cross-country in high school and college, and is now the youngest female to attempt to run across America, from Boston to San Diego.
“I don’t know where the idea came from,” she says of her desire to run across the country. “I wanted to do this ever since I was in high school and I was searching for a cause … that would be doing something good in the world.”
Visco has named her run Pave Your Lane, which she hopes to eventually turn into a non-profit devoted to motivating people and offering positive role models. So far, the graduate of Carleton College has also raised $10,000 for Girls on the Run, a non-profit helping preteen girls build self-respect and healthy lifestyles through running.
She runs six days a week in 17- to 21-mile daily increments. Out five to six hours each day, she is often accompanied by local runners. “They’ll come out and support and we have great conversations. It’s just so fulfilling to have people come out with me,” she says. “People across this country are just phenomenal, so ready and willing to help.”
Visco left Boston March 29 and is hoping to make it to San Diego by Christmas.
“My body feels great. I asked myself ‘Why am I not falling into pieces right now?’ and I really don’t know why,” she says of the physical toll. “It’s so mental. You have to believe your body can do it. You have to.”
Follow Katie via her blog: www.paveyourlane.com.
Derek Scott recently won the 4 on the 4th in Elmhurst, Ill. by running a pace of 4:47. His 19:07 finish set a new course record.
Scott, a 2007 graduate of Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Mich., runs professionally with Team Indiana Elite. The seven members live and train in Bloomington, Ind., and are coached by Robert Chapman.
The team meets every day, sometimes twice, for training and mainly focuses on outdoor track, he says. They work on everything from miles to marathon – members have their own specialties – with the goal of eventually making a national team.
Scott won the 2007 NAIA National Championship 1500m and qualified for the 2008 U.S. Olympics Trials in the 1500 and the USA National Championship in the 1500. He has recently set new personal records in the 800 m (1:48), 1500 m (3:39) and 5K (13:47).
Although he runs anything from 800 meters to 5K, his favorite distance is the mile, which he ran in 3:57 earlier this year at a benefit mile in St. Louis. He says he ran a four-minute mile two years ago and had been trying to break it since then. “It was unbelievable,” he says. “Probably one of the biggest goals I had in my running career and I finally got it.”
This sprinter’s advice for other runners? Consistency. “Running is something you’ve really got to keep at for a long time to see results,” he says. “The nice thing about it is you get out what you put into it, and if you keep that up for a long time, you’re going to be successful.”