I started running the week I noticed I was 38 and just knew I could not run a block without getting winded. I had also gained a lot from my two pregnancies and needed to lose some of that extra weight. I no longer run for weight loss, but had gained confidence, tons of leg muscles and a true sense of peace and happiness that only running daily could provide.
WHAT IS THE PERSONAL RUNNING ACCOMPLISHMENT YOU ARE MOST PROUD OF?
I completed a very tough and technical 50K in West Virgina mountains even before running one marathon. Now I have completed 2 marathons, 3 halves, 1 50K and I am due to complete 2 more marathons in the fall. But what I am most proud of is the new way I see and relate to my body. This c-section scarred curvy mommy body has gotten me through so much.....I can truly say I have a very loving and compassionate relationship with my body.
WHY IS RUNNING IMPORTANT TO YOU?
Running is my sanity, my daily triumph, my mood adjuster, my problem solver, my special all-around friend. Running has brought me so much happiness, I can see myself running until I am an old, old lady. In fact, I aim on breaking Harriette Thompson's 91 year old record someday.
We all get old, then older, then we slow down.....having my 94 year-old mother-in-law staying with us for almost two weeks has made me think a lot about my running goals for the far distant distant future. My mind keeps going back to Harriette Thompson, the 91 year-old (above video) who just won the world record this year for being the oldest woman (age 90 and over) to run a marathon. THIS is what I want to do, I want to continue to be active and never give up.....my mind also thinks of Joy Johnson daily.....she is the elderly woman who, after running her 25th NYC marathon, died in her sleep the day after....I have no plans to slow down...in fact, once my kids get older I fully plan on doing more adventure-style races, races in which I can actually travel to.....can't wait.
I am running the Marine Corps Marathon (marathon #3) and the Anthem Richmond Marathon (marathon #4) in the fall of 2014 and basically chose Hal Higdon's 18-week Intermediate training plan and then to be ready for the second marathon I repeated the last 3 weeks to make it into a 21-week training plan with small adjustments to week 19 to allow for healing from the first marathon. I am actually starting on week 3 with 27 miles for the week and could not be more excited about this plan.
Notice on week 19, instead of doing a week with 5/8/5/4/ and 12 miles...I will allow myself to do a week with 3/5/3/4/ and 12 miles.
* Runner's World Magazine named us a "Must Do" marathon in 2005 & 2009 and twice selected us as the site of their Marathon Challenge! * TheJanuary 2005 issue of Runner’s World magazinehad this to say in touting Richmond as one of the 12 must-do marathons that offer “big fun, big scenery, big rewards”:
This marathon starts and finishes in charming historic downtown Richmond, once the capital of the south. The scenic, fast loop course takes in all of the city’s old neighborhoods, traveling up Monument Avenue, past statues of Confederate soldiers and Richmond native and tennis star Arthur Ashe, through the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University, then alongside the James River. Along with the typical water and sports drink stops, this is probably the only race in the country that offers junk food stops, at miles 16 and 22, stocked with Gummy Bears, cookies, and soda. There are also two wet-washcloth stations, at miles 17 and 23, perfect for cleaning up for your finish-line photo. Three party zones set up along the way with free food, prize giveaways, and noisemakers for spectators and family means lots of enthusiastic, cheering support. The last mile features a fast downhill to the finish in the trendy Shockoe Slip area, where there are plenty of postrace goodies, including bagels, fruit, and pizza, and a band to celebrate your finish. (Runner’s World, January 2005)
When running in this heat I practice allow. I allow sweat to happen, I allow my heart rate to dictate my pace, I allow my face to get red and not worry about it, Overall, I have found that I love running in the heat and humidity....my skin looks amazing during and right after my runs....nothing like seeing my arms, legs and neck glistening with sweat.
Went to The North Face Store in Tysons Corner to pick up my bib. I looked at the directory and guess where The North Face Store was listed.....? Under T for THE North Face.....how stupid....
Getting ready the night before. Earphones, sunscreen, vaseline, 14 GU's, 7 S-caps, visor, bug spray, Road-ID, chafing stick, smart wool socks (got free as part of race packet), hydration pack, bib, safety pins, TP in a baggie, advil, $, water, wallet, car keys, credit card, address to place to park for race....
I am off!!
Wore my 50K t-shirt for good luck.
The day is absolutely beautiful!!
Shuttle to race from parking lot was a school bus....the shuttle back to our cars after the race was so STINKY, even with the windows open.
Got there an hour early so got a chance to look at the water for some time.
What a beautiful day to go for a LOOONG run!!
Muddy crossings....love them....I call them feet spas...I LOVE mud...but better yet, I love stream crossings....only way to get through them is getting in...
Running through mud here!!!
View of the course.....How can one not want to trail run. I did not need my music at all....it was the PERFECT running weather...
Got my medal!!! ran the whole way, the whole time (except steep hills and when I needed to use the potty once)....But I felt so strong the whole way and my feet and legs behaved....no complaints...
Met Dean Karnazes!!!
Okay, I feel like a total groupy now!! Karnazes' book, Ultramarathon Man was the first book about running I read and he makes running seem so easy, accessible....such a super humble man.
The medal looks nice....I wish they had the milage on the medal itself, but I see how economically this makes more sense. I need to get myself a medal rack now.....
My shirt....okay, I think they were not that creative with the logo, but I am wearing this all day Sunday....and no, my chest is not really that big.....:(, just the angle of the picture...
I need to give my sneakers a bath today. We had 2 stream crossings that were about knee deep and dozens of muddy passes. I am so doing this again next year!!
Having a blast....!! I am also so happy with my time....I ran an average 4 minutes a mile faster than my 50K....!! Feeling strong and loving it.
* No matter how long you've been running, you always hate the first 2 miles. * If you start running to lose weight, you might not lose that much, but eventually you don't care about weight because running has so many, REPEAT, SO MANY unplanned for benefits * That I'd be SO happy every day * That I'd feel a sense of immediate solidarity with other runners * That for real, I'd LOVE and RESPECT my body for what it can do * That it would change my life, take me places out there and in my heart * That I'd become a morning runner and just LOVE it * That no matter how much sunscreen I use I'd have a tan line from my shots all year long. Just when it's about to fade, summer would be back. * That pepper spray would be my BEST friend * That I'd have to redo my wardrobe to accommodate for the new gear * That I'd live and eat in running clothes * That I would jump around like a new puppy (in my head) every time I learned someone was a runner and not even bothering holding back the excitement * That you face and work on your body issues every time you hit the pavement * That once you make running a part of you life, life is lived in color.....nothing is drab * That following a training plan religiously is a recipe for injury * That listening to your body is THE only way to avoid injury * That learning the weather for the next morning is more important than news * That you begin to notice all the people, who for whatever reason, can't run. * That my muscular, toned legs would surpass my bum, as my most sexy asset (my opinion...I'm allowed.) * That I'd chew through 'favorite' songs super FAST and as a result know all the latest "cool" songs....I'm a teacher and my young students are always impressed by my playlist..little do they know I am looking for new songs weekly * That you'd start thinking ways to make extra money to pay for that race. * That most non-runners care nothing about our obsession, so, don't be weird.....find a runner to talk to about running * That suddenly magazine subscriptions are IN again * That a half or a marathon becomes a less daunting challenge pretty fast in this journey * That you'd get THAT excited seeing other cars with running stickers * That you can't help posting on FB about your runs, oh, and that you start not to care who "un-friends" you as a result what are some of your ideas?