Sarah Scozarro Bio
Athlete: Sarah Scozzaro
Lives City/State: Minot, ND
Go to Orange Mud Gear: Endurance Pack, Hoodie, Gear Vest, handheld. I kind of love everything!!
Primary Sport: Trail and Ultra Running
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Tell us a bit about yourself. What’s your passion, your joy in life, anything special you’d like to share.
Proud military spouse and California girl making trails in ND (where we currently live). I’m passionate about trail running, food, nature and good vibes. When I am not running I am cooking, reading, or snapping photos. Cat Mom and optimist. Running coach and trainer, working with athletes from runners to football players.
What sports do you participate in? Running (Trail and Road)
What is your favorite race food? I love gummy fruit wedges so those are always a treat! And hot chocolate during the night section of an ultra is amazing!
What is your go to hydration mix? 2 Scoops CarboPro and 1 Scoop Skratch. The best!
Do you have a major quirk you’d like to share? Sometimes when I get tired in a race or long run I count my steps in groups of 4 or 5.
If you were relate to an animal, what would it be? I love Badgers! They are tenacious and feisty!
If a newbie to your sport asked for one piece of advice, what would it be? Be patient, work hard, and enjoy the journey! Oh! Please got to a specialty running store and get fit for the right pair of shoes for YOU! Will save you a lot of money and headaches in the long run.
Do you have any racing pet peeves? (Gel packets, mud, thorns, smelly runners, etc). Loud breathers – I feel like I am suffocating when I hear this!
What do you do for fun? Run, photography (nature and running), reading, and I am lucky that my job is also my passion; I love coaching and inspiring others to go for their goals.
What is your post race ritual? Food, time to walk around, my Recovery Pumps, stretching and a nap!
How long have you been running? I did my first 5k at age 6….I can’t remember when running wasn’t a part of my life.
Why do you enjoy the sport? The time in nature, the amazing community of other runners, and the challenge to always be a better version of myself.
What's your favorite trail race? I will always have a special place in my heart for the Rio Del Lago 100 in Granite Bay, CA.
What's your favorite local trail? Here in North Dakota it’s the Maah Haah Dey Trail. In CA where I am from it’s the trails near Auburn and Cool.
What's your go to piece of Orange Mud gear and why? The HydraQuiver VP1 – the perfect pack from a training run to a 100 miler! Easy access to my bottle and gear, and so comfortable.
Profession and educational background? Running Coach and Performance Enhancement Specialist. Masters in Exercise Science, Level 2 Original Strength Coach, RRCA Running Coach, NSCA-CPT.
What is your biggest accomplishment in your sport? Overcoming an injury that took me out of running for 8 years (and after having been told I would never run again) to completing a 100 mile event. Priceless!
Do you have a set training schedule and if so, what's it like? If not, how do you decide what to do? I do! I write my own periodized programs based on the goal at hand, including strength training and injury prevention work. My goals and events dictate my training cycle and specific workouts.
What's your dream race? I have several! WS100 is at the top, but then I would love to do some multi-stage running in the UK, and Fire and Ice in Iceland. UTMB would be pretty awesome, too! #runalltheraces
Favorite book for athletes? “How Bad Do You Want It” by Matt Fitzgerald
Do you listen to audiobooks or music during exercise? When outside, no. When on a treadmill in the winter I listen to music and audiobooks, depending on the workout. (Music for a high energy/intense workout, audiobooks for longer, easier runs)
What advice would you give to a new runner coming into the sport? Be patient, it’s easy to get excited and overtrain and overreach…build a strong bulletproof base to stay heathy, strong, and use that base to conquer your goals! Keep the long game in mind; running is a lifelong pursuit and patience is key; it can take years to realize your potential as a runner.
Where do you draw your inspiration from? The other amazing runners I surround myself with; everyone has a story!
Have you struggled with any injuries? How do you manage them? YES! I suffered a massive knee injury (had a sever fracture of my medial tibia plateau head and bruised femur) and underwent five surgeries, hardware and was told I would never run again. Eight years of no running later, after strengthening my body and mind, I decided it was worth trying again and I proved all of my doctors and surgeons wrong…I am running again, and am thankful for every single time I lace up my running shoes!
Anything else you’d like to share? Don’t ever place limits on yourself – if you have a dream or a goal, go for it!
What was the best advice you were ever given? Patience, gratefulness, humility.
What is your favorite local running or biking store? Sadly, none in our town. Yeah, we’re remote.
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IG and Twitter: @drtyrunner