Name: Faith Lifer
Academic interest: Undecided, there’s too much out there to choose from and not enough time to do it all.
Hobbies: Soccer, running
PRs: 800-2:23, 1600-5:09, 5K-18:36
Sister: Grace, at Presbyterian College
Interesting fact: My favorite quote is Philippians 4:13 – “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” I may want to be a secret agent…don’t laugh haha.
Racers: Nike waffles
Trainers: Right now I have Saucony’s but Mizuno’s are my favorite.
When not running: Recover from running...haha just kidding. I play for a soccer team in Columbia and I do “normal people” stuff too.
Favorite food: Gyro wrap or chocolate covered banana
Favorite movie: I love any movie with a good ending that can make me laugh and cry. Some of my favorites are Miss Congeniality, Die Hard (the first one), The Sound of Music, and She’s the Man
Favorite place to train: Blowing Rock, North Carolina, we go there every summer. It’s beautiful and the weather’s great.
Favorite place to race: The track, I love the mile. But for cross country my favorite course is McAlpine, hands down
How was summer training?
Hard when I’m home and even harder when I’m not. When I go on trips I have to find time to train, and it’s more difficult without your teammates and coach there. For example, when I went on mission trips this summer, I had to get up early every morning to run. In Puerto Rico I was lucky because Alex Couch (an old teammate) was there, so we ran together through the streets of Cabo Rojo and even found a community track out of town that we ran to some mornings.
How did you come up with this training?
My coach gives us the workouts, and it’s up to us to make the most out of them.
Did anything change from the past?
I was injured for the last couple of years with a hip injury, so that held me back. I started getting better this track season and now I think I’m fully recovered.
We have also always had a good group on the girls team with a lot of experience. This year we lost a lot of runners and have a lot of younger runners on the team. I am still blessed to have these girls running with me though. We're a family, and we get through it all together.
What are your goals this season?
Train hard and run the races with a lot of heart.
What did you think of your 18:36 in Charlotte?
I was happy with the race. It wasn’t a big surprise for me just more of a relief.
How did the race unfold?
It was my first race and I knew there would be fast runners there, so I ran without a watch and just let my body feel it out.
What kind of race strategy do you prefer?
I prefer to go out and feel the race and just run it. People get so caught up in numbers and times. Did I hit that split? And if they didn't they might get discouraged. I think it's best to let your body handle it because you've done the work at practice. You might surprise yourself.
Long term, what are you looking to achieve?
I’m looking to improve this season.
What do you see happening this coming Saturday at Coaches Classic?
No expectations, I’m just there to run like everyone else.
How did you get involved with running and why?
I always used to like the mile test in P.E. more than any normal kid should. And when I moved to Hilton Head the summer before eighth grade, my dad got me up early one morning to go to cross country practice with my sister. At first I was against the idea, but it didn’t take long before I fell in love with the sport. Running is like a healthy addiction. It’s so raw and it can change the way you look at things and work for things in every aspect.
What have you learned over the years?
I have learned that even though it may be easier to quit, the easier way isn’t always the better way. I have learned that even though my injury could be looked at as my weakness, it’s where I found my strength. At the end of the day, you can settle for mediocrity, or you can look for something deep inside yourself that doesn’t want to settle, you can look for a fire that wants something greater. God has blessed me with the ability to run, so I want to use that in the best way possible.
What are you looking forward to in the future?
That’s a hard question, life I guess, and wherever it takes me. For now though, I want to enjoy the present.