We are truly enjoying getting to know more of you this way! Between now and race day, we’ll be featuring Hogeye runners past, present, and future in the “Meet a #HogeyeHopeful” series. If you’d like to share YOUR story, please contact racedirector@hogeyemarathon.com — we want to hear from you!

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Meet Lalita! 

Lalita at the Ouachita Trail 50 Endurance Run - April 2014

Lalita at the Ouachita Trail 50 Endurance Run – April 2014

We asked Lalita a few questions that will help you get to know her better as a runner and as a #HogeyeHopeful. Thanks for chatting with us, Lalita!

Profession: I am Social Butterfly for CDotsMedia and one of the faces behind #Arkrun (@arkansasruns)

When did you start running?
I started running in November 2010.

WHY did you start running?
I started running because I had gastric bypass surgery in March 2010 and I wanted to keep exercising to make sure the weight stayed off.

Where do you prefer to run? Do you have a favorite route?
I prefer to run on trails and dirt rather than pavement. When I first started running, pavement was my choice until I was introduced into trail running, and I realized that trail running engaged my mind (can’t zone out on technical parts), my body felt better (uses many different muscles), and my spirit soared as I felt connected to nature. Sorry, didn’t mean to make a commercial for trail running! LOL

What was your “I’M A RUNNER!” moment?
My “I AM A RUNNER” moment was after finishing my first marathon. Another runner told me afterward that I was “..in the club and no one could take it away from me.”

Have you run the Hogeye before, or will 2015 be your first Hogeye?
My first half marathon was at Hogeye’s 35th year.

If you could go back and give yourself a piece of advice as a beginner, what would it be?
If I could go back and tell my newbie runner self something it would be get to know your body, listen to it and know that mind over body works!

Lalita's 1st Hogeye - the half marathon in

Lalita’s 1st Hogeye – the half marathon in 2011

Do you run solo or with a group?
I’m a solo runner, although I know somewhere inside I’d love to find someone to run with.

What has running taught you about yourself?
Running has taught me that I’m capable of more than I thought possible. I can obtain goals, even press through pain to complete them.

What motivates you in running? Medals? PRs? Fitness?
What motivates me in running is connection. Connection with other runners, with nature, and with my spirit.

—>> Connect with Lalita — on Facebook (Lalita Flagg), Twitter (@coteddy4567), and Instagram (coteddy4567).

Thanks for sharing your story, Lalita! See ya out there!

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If you’d like to share YOUR story, please contact racedirector@hogeyemarathon.com — we want to hear from you! {To read past #HogeyeHopeful spotlights — CLICK HERE.}