Joan wins Boston
I'm a married mother of three
works full time, goes to school nights and runs marathons for
FUN. Being a veteran of 22 marathons, I believe if I can do a
anyone can do one - you just really have to WANT to.
At 32, I realized I had gained 20 lbs. in a
year and would be over 200 lbs. by the time I hit 40 if I didn't do
SOMETHING. I found running fits best with a busy schedule and
all you need is a good pair of sneakers.
I've been running since 1993
and have logged over 20,000 miles. I've found running to
be my escape from the daily grind. My Abnormal Psyche
teacher referred to it as my "coping mechanism for stress".
At least it's a healthy obsession.
In 1979, I saw
Benoit-Samuelson win Boston Marathon and thought "Wow, I'd love
to do that someday." (run it, not win it!) My thanks to Joan
for inspiring me to WANT to run a marathon. Joan paved the way
for women marathoners bringing visibility to the sport.
She continues to be a leader and inspiration to women runners.
Special thanks go to
Winfrey for inspiring me to BELIEVE I could run a marathon after her
VERY respectable 4:29 finish at Marine Corps Marathon in 1994 for
her 40th birthday. Oprah paved the way for everyday runners to
go out and race the distance.
After Oprah's completing the Marine Corp
Marathon, I realized there was no excuse for not trying and since I
was now running, I was closer than I had ever been to do a marathon.
In 1995 I completed my first marathon in 4:58 in preparation for the
100th Boston (finishing 34,531 in a time of 5:48 - ouch!)
At my first marathon I met a woman named
Susan Daley who had a goal of running a marathon in all 50
states and all 7 continents. She has since completed both
goals and over 300 marathons. This inspired me to consider the
& DC Club. So far I've done 11 states plus DC, doing 2-3
marathons a year and repeating Boston each April. At this rate
I figure I will be 87 when I complete my 50th state but we all need
a goal. My only requirement for each fall marathon is that
it's "someplace else".
Another inspirational runner is
John "The Penguin"
Bingham who write for Runner's World, is a guest speaker at
marathons, and provides words of wisdom for runners of all ages,
shapes, and sizes. His "Penguin Chronicles" are entertaining
and reflective on the inner runner in all of us.
In March, 1999 I read about
a runner named
who had run EVERY day since 1964 and thought, "Cool, I wonder how
long I'll last?" Of course, there's a website for the
U.S. Running Streak
Association. Heading into a New England summer made it easy.
Dedication to a running streak
just takes a little pre-planning - morning, noon, or night based on
the weather and schedule. Even on the worst days the
hardest part is getting out the door.
My running streak lives @
I'd love to hear your personal running stories. Please
send them to
Laura @ Raleigh City of
Oprah @ Marine
John "The Penguin"