BROOKE WELLS, 27
Profession: AOL sales development manager in San Francisco
Obsession: Marathon running
How'd you get into running? In high school, a girlfriend talked me into trying out for cross-country because she was into a guy on the team. Eventually I ran at the University of California, Berkeley.
First marathon? December 2007, in Sacramento, California.
Time? Two hours and 42 minutes, so about 6:18 per mile. I qualified for the Olympic trials. That's crazy! I have no idea how I did it.
Best Olympic trials result? This year I placed 19th [out of 152].
Training schedule? Six a.m.—12 to 13 miles on workdays and 14 to 22 miles on Saturdays.
Replace shoes... Every three weeks.
Diet? Up to 3,500 calories per day. I eat a lot of almonds and avocados.
Advice for new runners? Anything new is going to be hard. Set achievable goals. Start small.
First stop: Get your shoes fit at a running store.
Brooke's picks: Nike LunarSpider shoes ($125); Run Coach Pro iPhone app ($5.99).