Up and Running
How did you get started? I was never a runner. But in October 2008 I signed up for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 10K. I trained on a treadmill, but the farthest
I trained was four miles. I finished the 10K—six miles—but I thought I was going to die.
Then I saw a poster for the “No Boundaries” program by Fleet Feet Sports. It was the best thing I ever did. It’s Galloway training: You run for a few minutes, and you walk for a few minutes—interval training. It works perfect for me. No Boundaries taught me how to run, how to wear proper shoes, the proper clothes. Plus I made some amazing friends.
Accomplishments? Five 5Ks, two half marathons, and the three-day, 60-mile walk for Susan G. Komen.
Benefits? I enjoy that it’s all about me, because I have four children under the age of eight. I have much more stamina; I don’t think I would’ve been able to do the 60-mile walk without the training. And you get to enjoy Sarasota; it’s such a beautiful city to run in.
Regimen? I run every other day, about three miles. And on Saturdays I try to do my long runs, which are anywhere between six to eight miles. I get up at 5 o’clock in the morning. That’s the only way to do it—even on the weekends. Otherwise, with my kids,
I wouldn’t be able.
Goals? My goal was to have trained for the New York Marathon, but I’ve injured my knee, so I won’t be able to do that this year. But there’s always next year.
Tips? Get up early and do it. If I can do it with four children and running my own business, then anyone can do it.