Today I’m running with Rochelle Basil, a native New Zealander that recently made her (quite successful) debut in the marathon.
Rochelle has had her share of ups and downs during her running career to this point, but the future is looking incredibly promising for her on the running front.
Getting a Late Start
Rochelle didn’t focus on running until when she was finishing up her high school exams, but she still managed to get a scholarship to come run in college here in the States.
A big part of the reason for her late start is that running, especially at the youth level, isn’t nearly as big in New Zealand as it is here.
Instead of seeing that as a negative, however, she saw it as a potential positive because she didn’t have the wear and tear on her legs like the other girls that had been running competitively for several years by the time they got to college.
Here collegiate running career wasn’t always the greatest experience. And she ended up quitting the team and taking several years off from running before finding her way back to the sport.
Coming Back to Running
When Rochelle quit running, she was done.
She tossed out the shoes and wanted nothing to do with the sport anymore.
But eventually, she started to get the itch again.
When she got back into running, which had it’s own ups and downs, her goal was to hopefully be able to qualify for Boston.
Needless to say, after a 2:51 debut a few weeks ago, Boston is in the bag and the sights have been set a little bit higher.
Rochelle Basel > Just a Runner
To say that Rochelle is busy would be a bit of an understatement.
In addition to her running, she’s also studying for her PhD in Cognitive Behavioral Neuroscience, regularly blogging for Salty Running, and being a wife and a dog mom.
Apparently she’s better at finding balance between her running and her regular life than I am!
I’ll admit to being at least slightly relieved to hear Rochelle say that balancing it all is difficult for her.
She also shared her secret for “finding time” to do all of the little things that are easy for us to neglect when life gets busy. Spoiler alert: don’t make it harder than it has to be.
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