As winter arrives the days get shorter! For some of us our routines go uninterrupted, for others we switch up our workouts, perhaps from morning to evening or in some parts of the country you might just take the season off as the weather is too cold. I am curious as to the longest one has taken off from exercising? We all do it as life has many chapters, from school to work to raising a family and its not always easy finding time for ourselves.
My next story is about a wonderful lady I met online, by way of Twitter, as she stopped running for 20 years!
I started off by asking Beth when she started running and if she had an inspiration, Beth replied ‘I started running as a teenager as my parents were the inspiration because they were a part of the 80s running craze. I was 13 and I ran a lot with my mom and dog. I ran through high-school but then I stopped for about 20 years. My son had autism and I often found him running off and I realized I could not keep up with him, plus I gained a lot of weight. I didn’t make the time to exercise as I worked 60 hours per week.’
‘2012 was my first year back and I did what I called combo runs – 2 mile run followed by a 2 mile walk, 7 days a week. I kept building up my strength and I kept running with my mom,’ Beth replied. I went on to ask Beth if she tracks her workouts, Beth responded ‘I live in the City of St Joseph as it has a great parkway system. I run every day and I use my Garmin in tandem with MapMyRun. I recently ended up in the hospital with a perforated ulcer and since June I have been rebuilding. Last year, 2014, I ran over 3400 miles. During the winter of 2013/2014 we had a lot of snow and I realized the slower I went the further I could go.’
I then asked Beth about her favorite events, Beth responded ‘ My favorite races are the I35 challenge as its back to back races in Kansas City and Des Moines Iowa with beautiful views and rolling hills. Its a great way to see parts of the city that you would never have noticed, plus you run around water and bands along the way. My second favorite is the Lincoln as it was wall to wall with people cheering and there was a guy playing eye of the tiger on a accordion – I did the half Marathon.’
Beth went on to tell me, ‘Next year I plan to run a full marathon, the Lincoln, as I just turned 45 and I have set my sights on Boston.’ I then asked Beth to share more about her inspiration/drive with running, Beth replied ‘The inspiration I get from running is the feeling it gives me as it rejuvenates me and I get to run with nature, meet new friends at events where I ended up with a ton of facebook followers and we all started running together. I also get inspired by others when I see them meet and exceed their goals’, Beth replied.
I then asked if she met someone new to running or walking, what would she tell them, Beth said ‘Be consistant, no distance is too small.’ I then asked Beth what she typically thought about while running. ‘I’m hyper aware of things around me, looking at nature as it gives me energy and I am not afraid to get lost, which I tend to as my sense of direction isn’t the best,’ Beth responded. ‘I have a band of runners, no formal running group but a facebook group with friends where we meet up to run and grab coffee afterwards’.
I went on to ask Beth if running has helped her with her career, Beth replied ‘I am a city clerk with the government and running has made me more confident. A final lesson that Beth wanted to share with others, ‘I’ve been on IB Moultrin for forty years and that is what gave me stomach issues that caused the ulcers – a lesson I share with others,’ Beth stated.
Thank you for taking the time to chat with me Beth and good luck with the training and exceeding your goals for 2016.
You have certainly given me insight into a couple more events that I might check-out. Stay Healthy!