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I'm a married mother of three who 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 marathon, 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 Joan 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 Oprah 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 50 States & 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 Ron Hill 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. 


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Laura @ Raleigh City of Oaks Marathon











Oprah @ Marine

Corps Marathon









John "The Penguin"