asics Greenville Track Club-ELITE - a post-collegiate, Olympic development program
ASICS GTC-ELITE athlete Kimberly Ruck is featured in the Summer 2013 issue of PACE Running Magazine.
Here are a few of the highlights:
What are some of your running/race goals?
My running and racing goals are always to get faster, stay healthy and enjoy the sport. I hope to improve on my current 5K and 10K PRs and return to the USATF Championships/Olympic Trials.
What race distances do you most enjoy? Do you prefer races on the track, road or both?
My favorite distances have to be 5K and 10K. I do not have a tremendous amount of speed for the shorter distances, and have never had my training geared toward distances longer than 10K, so I have always competed best in those events. When I was in college I loved track, specifically indoor track, but now that I am no longer running collegiately, I have found a new passion for road races. I love the scenery, competition, and variety. I hope to compete on the track in the future, but for now, I am enjoying the change to the roads.
You are a member of the Greenville Track Club-ELITE. What made you decide to devote yourself to racing professionally?
When I graduated in 2012, my athletic eligibility at Clemson University was used up and I was officially a post-collegiate runner. I spent the summer running small road races, but it was hard to stay motivated, especially without a coach for guidance. When I entered graduate school at USC, I realized that I still had room to improve and more "personal bests" to achieve. Because the GTC played such a big role in my decision to become a runner, joining their elite team was the perfect fit and an even better way to say thank you. The coaches at GTC-ELITE knew what kind of runner I was because I had been running in the area for the past 5 years, so there was no introduction needed. I contacted them, we discussed training and goals, and it was then that I knew it would be a great fit for me!