PR Spotlight: Hyedi N

Happy Friday!!!  Hope everyone has safe and easy travels home and/or a safe weekend with the wintery weather we have been having!!

Today marks the end of Week 1 of marathon training.  I didn’t run as often as I wanted to because I am still recovering from the flu – but am overall pretty satisfied.  I used this week as a refresher for myself – no hard or long distance runs – I mostly wanted to get used to waking up at 5am and running every day.  I’m really excited for this training cycle and plan to go into detail about my training plans for my spring marathon  next week!


This week’s PR spotlight is on Hyedi.  I’ve been following her for a while now on Twitter but really started interacting a lot more when the Race for Recovery was being planned – she was enormously helpful in spreading the word and getting involved.  Read below to see how she went from a 2:12 half marathon in 2009 to a 2:03 in 2012.  She has even bigger goals for 2013 – sub-2 (which she TOTALLY has got!).  PS. Hyedi – hope you kick the flu and feel better quickly – we are all sending good thoughts your way!

Name: Hyedi Nelson
Age: 27
Hometown: Lake Geneva, WI
Blog: Finding a Balance (
Twitter: @hyedi (

How long have you been running? About seven years

Why did you start running? I started running as a way to deal with stress during college and then I kept running to stay in shape and lose weight.

Favorite Race Distance/Why? Half marathon/just long enough of a distance to feel challenging but I can recover from it relatively quickly.

5k: 24:56
10k: 1:02:09
Half: 2:03
Marathon: 4:49

Previous Half-Marathon PR/when: 2:12:19 in October 2009

What did you do differently in your training to drop so much time off from your previous PRs?

  • Cleaned up my diet
  • Got more sleep
  • Stretched and foam rolled after runs
  • Got massages
  • Incorporated cross training

What do you attribute the most to you PR’ing? (speed, tempo, mileage, etc) I learned to not be afraid to push myself on speed training days and on race day.  Going out fast (but not too fast) and not relying on making up time towards the end of the race.

What is your next race/goal? In 2013 I hope to run a sub-24:00 5K, a sub-1:00 10K, a sub-2:00 half marathon and sub-4:15 marathon.

What piece of advice would you give to someone who is looking to PR? Hard work is necessary! PRs don’t just happen.

Do you know/follow Hyedi?

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    2. I love Hyedi’s attitude and motivation. And of course you’re so motivated! I have a really hard time with early morning runs…even if I manage to drag myself out of bed, my body refuses to “cooperate” and I always need a mid-run pit-stop…I’ve resigned myself to running after dropping my boys off at school. At least the walk to school gives me a good warm up!
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    3. Great post.

      Hyedi, I broke the 2 hour mark last year and it has been all speed since! I focussed on working in faster times on my shorter runs 4-6 miles. It got me comfortable at a faster pace. I see big things for you in 2013. Keep running strong!
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