I just ran my 17th marathon! I started running five years ago and can't believe how far I have come. It all started with a 5k, then a half marathon. It took over a year to finally be able to run a marathon because I kept getting hurt. I was so eager to run all the miles but really didn't know what I was doing.
Before running, I really didn't have a hobby. Sure I was a nurse, mom and wife. But I had nothing outside of that. I started making more and more friends while at races and training. All of these people were so wonderful. We also shared the same passion.
As I started competing marathons, I knew I needed a new goal. So I decided I wanted to qualify for the Boston marathon. I knew it would not be easy. I failed so many times trying to qualify. I ran marathon after marathon with no luck. Finally in the Fall of 2014, I knew I needed to get serious about my training. I changed running plan and followed it. In May of 2015, I ran the Eugene marathon on Mother's Day and qualified.
I remember crossing the finish line with tears of joy knowing I had finally accomplished one of the biggest goals of my life. April of 2016, I went with three running friends to Boston and ran my dream race! The whole experience was so amazing.
Since then, I have set new goals. I am running a 50 mile trail race on July 30th. I am really worried and nervous about this one. My only goal is to finish.
I recently ran three marathons in six weeks. I thought why not, I am training for an ultra.
I qualified for Boston at all three races and ran a PR of 3:19. I took 10 minutes off my best time. I could not believe it! All those marathons where I couldn't qualify and barely improved. Everything was finally coming together. Who knew at 37 years old, mom of two boys, my running would improve!
I went from a 4:17 marathon to 3:19. I like to think anything is possible for anyone. You have to be determined, slightly stubborn and motivated. I also think it's important to always have a goal. And once you set that goal, create a new one! The sky is the limit!
Written by Jamie Richard
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