The Final Countdown and Game Plan

As I write this it is surreal to think that in a few short days I will be participating in my first half marathon. I have one final cross training workout tonight and then I’m on rest mode until Sunday. I will spend Friday and Saturday doing plenty of stretching, foam rolling, and icing to get my muscles ready. To be honest I’m feeling pretty good about where I’m at. I’m very excited and have more than enough butterflies in my stomach already. But I am nervous about the weather this weekend. Currently it’s looking less than stellar with higher winds, rain, and humidity. Not exactly ideal conditions for any runner, but I know that I can persevere. My fingers are in a permanent state of being crossed that Mother Nature will decide to hold off her fury of rainy, yucky weather until late Sunday evening so that all the runners, volunteers, and spectators can enjoy this weekend’s festivities.

I’m in full on game plan mode at the moment. I’ve been slowly looking over all the information for the weekend and starting to devise a game plan to help alleviate any nervous energy prior to the race. I’ve been slowly sharing my bib number with friends and family that will not be able to attend the race so that they can take advantage of the text message updates that Cellcom is providing. THANKS CELLCOM!! It’s awesome that even though people can’t be there, they can still cheer me on and see how I’m doing.

I look forward to attending the Prevea Health & Fitness Expo on Saturday and picking up my bib and race info. For me that’s always the start on my race experience. Once I have my bib, it’s game on! The adrenaline slowly starts building and my mind starts to prepare for the next day. I’ve also started making a list of what I will need for Sunday, so that I can have it all put together on Saturday night. Anything to help give me piece of mind come Sunday morning will be appreciated. So here is my game plan thus far:

  1. Saturday is packet pick up and checking out the Prevea Health & Fitness Expo….definitely have to check out all the cool clothes and vendors that will be there
  2. My “last meal”. I always joke about my last big meal before race day and for me it’s going to be pizza! I’ve actually trained with different meals the night before and pizza seems to be the right food for me….and who doesn’t love pizza haha.
  3. Set out EVERYTHING I need for Sunday the night before so that I’m not running around like a crazy woman the morning of……….because that has NEVER happened before lol.
  4. Sunday morning will be an early morning (obviously). The plan is to leave for Lambeau at around 6:30 because I live near the course and don’t want to deal with too much traffic, PLUS I want to see my fellow Leaders of the Pack: Sara, Scott, and Alyssa be announced prior to the start of the marathon! GOOD LUCK TO EACH OF YOU!
  5. I will spend time with my friends and family before the half marathon starts and we will confirm our meeting spot after I finish, by this time the butterflies in my stomach will be on full blast lol.
  6. Get to my corral and get ready to go, once I cross the start line my mind will calm and I’ll settle into my groove. I know that once I start, I’m going to take in everything I can. This is going to be a lifetime experience for me J
  7. Cross the finish line! Haven’t decided yet if I’ll throw my hands up in the air like Rocky or if I’ll channel my inner Aaron Rodgers and throw out the championship belt.
  8. Celebrate with my fellow runners and well as my friends and family that came along to watch me run around Green Bay.

Since this is my first time EVER running this distance I really didn’t set any goals for myself besides just being able to finish. I have an idea of how long it will take me to run the course but I’m not gonna push myself too hard since I know that if the weather doesn’t cooperate that may be a fairly lofty goal already. But I want to enjoy every minute of my run and take in all the sights and sounds. Because I’ve never run this course before, it will help keep my mind of the miles and allow myself to really enjoy the full experience. So if you see me along the course make sure to wave and I’ll try to high five as many people as I can! I’m also looking forward to rocking that awesome finisher’s medal!!

GOOD LUCK TO ALL MY FELLOW RUNNERS!!!! LET’S ALL CELEBRATE AT THE FINISH LINE!!!!

Jen Leiterman

The First Timer

Adventures in Goal Setting: Cellcom Green Bay Marathon Edition

As of this writing, it is 11 days until the starting gun goes off on my third marathon, the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon. It is still too far away for things to feel quite real, but I can tell that I am in the taper because I have much more free time in the early mornings and when my son is in preschool. I have been making use of my early morning free time by getting up a little later to get my run in. I have mostly been using my preschool free time to eat and surf the Internet. Someone please tell my body that it’s not burning enough calories to eat like this — I’ve tried, but it’s not listening!

Even though I’m not officially taper-mad yet (that will happen next week, when I start stalking the weather), this is prime time to start formulating my race plan and setting goals.  I have some experience with setting marathon goals, so I’m going to mix some tips into this dose of reality.

I subscribe to the philosophy of setting a Goal Alphabet prior to every important race.  This practice originated in the business world, and this article summarizes it well. These goals can be either outcome goals (based on a certain quantifiable result) or process goals (based on how I work toward the goal).

My “A” Goal is my “stretch” goal — my finishing time if I have the best race day possible fitness-wise, weather-wise, fueling-wise, and good-juju-wise. My “B” Goals (I may have several of these, going from B through E or F) are more realistic goals that I will be happy to achieve. My last goal is always to finish the race upright. I find that my Goal Alphabet helps me maintain my focus, because if one goal clearly isn’t in the cards, there is always another one on the list to strive for.

Three days before the 2014 Chicago Marathon, I e-mailed my Goal Alphabet for the race to my husband and parents, who would be tracking me online. Since they are non-runners, I wanted to let them know whether to celebrate or commiserate when they talked to me post-race. My “A” Goal was 3:38:20. I based this time on my average pace for my marathon-paced 20-miler three weeks out from the race. My “B-through-D” Goals were times around my Boston Marathon-qualifying time of 3:45. My “E” goal was a sub-4-hour-marathon, my “F” Goal was a PR, and my “G” Goal was to cross the finish line upright, breathing, and with a shiny new medal! As it happened at that race, the weather gods smiled upon me and my legs did what I hoped they would, and I crossed the finish line in 3:38:09 — eleven seconds under my “A” Goal.

Now it’s time for some real talk: My goals for the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon are not quite as lofty. There are several reasons for this:

  1. Statistics. I have followed my training plan (mostly) to the letter and put in a lot of high weekly mileage and quality work. However, with the exception of my breakthrough half marathon in mid-April, most of my training paces and race results have borne a startling resemblance to my paces and results from my Chicago Marathon training cycle. It is true that I have seen an improvement in my top-end speed on some of my speed workouts, but it has not been a drastic enough improvement to predict a substantial PR.
  2. Elevation. Although the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon course is described as flat and fast, I have a feeling there is more elevation change than at Chicago, one of the flattest, fastest marathon courses in the world.
  3. The sights of the course and the Lambeau Lap. I barely remember any of the landmarks, race signs or spectators from my Chicago Marathon race. I had complete tunnel vision, and laser-like focus on reaching my BQ goal. I don’t want that to happen in Green Bay. Although I am a lifelong Packer fan, I have only been able to visit Green Bay two other times in my life. I want to take in all the neighborhoods, the City Stadium lap at mile 18 (where the Packers played from 1925 to 1956), and the final lap around Lambeau Field. I also want to wave to and communicate with my family, who will be there to cheer me on, without worrying that I am losing precious seconds.
 

My game face at the Chicago Marathon. I’m clearly having a blast. ;)

As a result, my new goal alphabet has some time-based goals, but I also have process goals, as well. My “A” Goal, in almost any race, is to PR, so that remains my “A” goal in this race, as well. However, between you, me and the Entire Internet, I think that in order to achieve a substantial PR, I will have to have the Most Perfect Race Day In the History of Races. My “B” Goal is another Boston-qualifying time, but this doesn’t motivate me as much as in Chicago. Since my Chicago Marathon result already qualifies me for the 2016 Boston race, a BQ at this race wouldn’t count for anything but bragging rights.

My “C” Goal, which I will hone in on if the first two goals go south, is to stay present in the moment and on top of my fueling plan. I will refuse to let time goals get me down and prevent me from enjoying this awesome race. I will not wallow in self-pity, but instead continue to fuel appropriately and run each mile to the best of my ability, making sure to look around and take in the sights and sounds. And if I just can’t keep my emotions in check, my “D” Goal is to finish upright, so I can collect the marathon’s super-sweet bling.

Running usually brings me joy, and this marathon is made for joyful runners. Although my Chicago Marathon result was joyful, the race itself was not. If you see me running at the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon, please wave, say hello, or give me the thumbs-up. I will likely be deep inside my head, and the social interaction will do me a world of good. Whatever the outcome of the race, I can’t wait to run in Packers Country!

The Mom on the Run,

Sara Roach

Because I Can

The Cellcom Green Bay Marathon is less than two weeks away (12 days as I write this). Last week was the hardest training week with the most volume and intensity of my training. The next two weeks will be tapering down to get my legs rested and ready for race day.

As I look back over the last 2 months of training, it is with mixed emotions. I have had a lot going on with both running as well as personally. Right around the start of training for the half marathon, my dad was diagnosed with emphysema. I have to say that as I was not surprised by this being a life long smoker, but it was still hard to hear. My uncle (his brother) has emphysema as well, and has been living with it for years. So while I know that the diagnosis is bad, it seems like something he can live with for a while.

Well, this past week, he was taken by ambulance and admitted to the hospital. He was inpatient for six days, and it seems like what caused the issue was the flu. This whole situation happens during the week that is my hardest training, as well as being busy with kids activities (dance recitals/rehearsals and baseball practices). Going to visit my dad in the hospital and take care of things for him at home, as well as work of course. It was a challenging week, emotionally, physically and mentally.

For the first time in my training I was questioning myself. Wondering why I am doing this? I came up with an answer. Thinking about my dad and his situation, and all the things he won’t be able to do, I realized that I am doing it because I can. I am lucky enough to be healthy. I was able to fight and lose 135 pounds, and be in the best shape of my life. I have fallen in love with running and pushing myself to do the best I can. That is why I am doing it. Because I can. Because I want to, and because I love it.

I am getting very excited for the race. I am looking forward to participating in my first Cellcom event and my first half marathon. It is even going to be a family affair! My kids are running in the WPS run, my wife, brother, his girlfriend, my mom and step dad are all participating in the 5K event. My wife’s aunt and cousin are running the half and  2 other cousins are running the full. I think it will be a very exciting weekend and I am looking forward to it!

Adam Marin
The Transformer

Perfectly Imperfect

Sometimes the perfectionist in me is my worst enemy. I can easily talk myself into something, but I can also talk myself out of things as well. I had been toying with the idea of completing a half marathon since last fall, and when registration opened for the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon I figured why not run a local race that just so happened to be nationally recognized and I had always admired from a far prior to becoming a runner. So that was that, I was going to do it! I’m going to run a half marathon!! Okay I signed up….woohoo! I found a 16-week training schedule that seemed to work for me and my schedule…awesome! Now let’s put rubber to road and hit the pavement….which means getting on a treadmill in January because Wisconsin winters are not always friendly and I hate the cold. Prior to this the farthest distance I had ever run was 7 miles, so I knew that I could at least run half of a half marathon. To be honest that was what gave me the confidence to sign up for a half marathon.

As the weeks continued and the miles increased I was impressed with how well I was doing. I was pushing myself to run a little faster and challenging myself to not quit. 7 weeks in and everything was going swimmingly…..until week 8. I knew it was going to happen, I knew there would be no way to avoid it, and I was even prepared for it. You see I enjoy running, but my knees are less than stellar. My knees have taken a beating over the years and I knew even before I signed up to run that they would be the deciding factor in whether I would be able to complete my first half. So I started skipping  out on runs to rest them up and doing as much icing and stretching as I could, but I could feel the self-doubt  starting.

One missed run turned into two, then three, the a few more. I could feel myself going why? Why are you doing this to yourself. Did you honestly think that you could do this, that your knees would hold up to the increased mileage? It was getting harder to motivate myself to go for a run, I felt like I could come up with a really good excuse or talk myself out of it so easily and using my sore knees as an excuse. I was still managing to get my long runs in every week, but I couldn’t seem to shake my self-doubt.

I had to remind myself that this is all a part of the training and that you might miss some runs, or they won’t go as smoothly as I wanted them to. To be honest what allowed me to shake that self-doubt and reset my mentality about this was my friends and family, as well as my fellow Leaders of the Pack, they each in their own way inspired me to keep going. Sometimes we need the external motivation to ignite the internal fire for our own motivation.

Someone once said: “I am perfectly imperfect, and I wouldn’t want it to be any other way. I will always strive for perfection, but I know that I may not achieve it. But that won’t stop me from trying.”

So I am perfectly imperfect, I know that my training hasn’t been perfect, but I also haven’t given up and it doesn’t matter that I’ve missed some runs along the way. It’s the ups and the downs of achieving your goal that make you stronger and as long as you don’t stop trying, in the end you will succeed.

I will complete my first half marathon, it doesn’t matter if I run it all, if I have to walk, or if I’m crawling across the finish line, because I will not stop trying.

The First Timer,

Jenny Leiterman :)

My Running Buddies Who Do All The Talking: Favorite Podcasts To Pass The Miles

As a running mom, my training often takes place at odd times and locations. The crack of dawn on my basement treadmill. Mid-morning on my neighborhood streets. Late afternoon near my parents’ home. Even the long run, an often-predictable part of a runner’s weekend, switches days and start times based on what the schedule holds. As a result, I roam the mean streets alone when I train.

But don’t feel too bad for me; I actually have several running buddies who help make the miles pass quickly (or at least more quickly). They are the folks who host my favorite running podcasts, and together they have formed my training posse through the years. If any of you train alone and are in need of distraction and motivation, any of these podcasts will fit the bill. Below are the top five podcasts who have had my back on every long run, in no particular order:

  1. Another Mother Runner. Actually, I lied — the rest of the list is in no particular order, but this podcast is definitively on top. Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea have written three running books geared toward “mother runners,” and also have a very successful blog, Facebook page and apparel store. They even held a running retreat last month. The podcast is my favorite part of their brand, however. Even if that week’s topic isn’t 100% on point for my current running focus, I always tune in to hear Dimity and Sarah chat about their respective family foibles and most recent runs. It is like having two girlfriends chatting it up next to me, and I am more than happy to just be a fly on the wall and listen in.
  2. Embrace Running. If I can’t have Dimity and Sarah with me on a run (and really, their podcasts are only so long, so this happens often), I will gladly take Mark and Elena.  This couple lives in northern California, and they run a lot of races so they are always training for something. They talk about their training, news in the running world, race recaps, and sometimes a hot training or racing topic such as hydration or goal setting. They often banter and chat like Dimity and Sarah, and their vibe is light and low-key.  Elena recently ran Boston, so I am looking forward to listening to her recap on the next episode!
  3. Marathon Training Academy. Angie and Trevor are another running couple who love to recap their races and banter back and forth. I’m sensing a theme here…but don’t those types of people make the best long run pals?? Their focus is often guest-based, and they have interviewed many inspirational runners. They also provide valuable training information through the episode’s “Quick Tip,” and Angie sometimes devotes episodes to training advice (the couple also run a marathon training program through their website). Angie also recently ran Boston, so when that recap hits I will be all over it!
  4. House of Run. This podcast is a relatively new find for me; probably because I have become a bigger fan of the sport as my running has progressed. Kevin and Jason focus on predicting and recapping elite running events on both the road and track, so if you don’t follow the front of the pack much, this podcast may not be for you. But if you know your Desi from your Shalane, your Simpson from your Rowbury and your Kimetto from your Kipsang, these guys are on top of their game and also give me at least one laugh-out-loud moment per podcast. Luckily, the routes I usually run are not stuffed with runners, so I can chuckle without embarrassment!
  5. Marathon Journey. There are so many podcasts in my feed that could take this last slot, but I went with one of my oldest and dearest long run buddies, Derek Ralston. This guy makes the relatively-chilled-out Mark and Elena sound like they have ADHD.  He is a former police officer turned photographer, Galloway-method run-walker and runDisney race fan. On paper, he seems like my polar opposite, as I have never run-walked nor run a Disney race, but his opinions on the running, training and racing worlds keep me entertained enough to keep coming back for more!

I haven’t even scratched the surface of the running podcasts in my listening queue, nor have I mentioned the triathlon podcasts! I encourage everyone who runs with headphones (use with caution — safety first!) to put away the music every so often and search iTunes for one of these podcasts, or another one that floats your boat. You may find your very own running tribe; and the best part is, we can share the same one!

The Mom on the Run,

Sara Roach

The Learning Curve

I’ll admit that prior to becoming a runner I knew nothing of the sport, besides that it took a heck of a lot of endurance and stamina. If you’re in shape running shouldn’t be too difficult, right? Just put on a pair of shoes and go….yup was I totally wrong. It wasn’t until I decided to run my first 10K that I realized there is so much more to running than just putting on a pair of shoes and going for a run. There is a learning curve to running that I’m still on, since this is my first major long distance run I had to do research into what I should be or shouldn’t be doing to prepare myself for a half marathon. Some things I knew from training for my first 10K, such as breaking in a pair of running shoes before going a long distance with them, but there was a lot that I wasn’t aware of until I made the commitment to run a half marathon and really had to commit to getting myself both mentally and physically ready for what I am about to do on May 17th.
Here’s what I’ve learned so far, and am still learning:

  1. Find a training schedule that works for you. Whether it’s the schedule like the one that Cellcom Green Bay Marathon sponsor Prevea provides online for both half and full marathon participants, an app on your phone, or a schedule you found in a fitness magazine you have to find one that works for you. I’m a visual person so I have mine on my fridge so I can reference it at any time, as well as cross off workouts I’ve completed (because nothing feels better than crossing of a workout session).
  2. Accept that training will not be perfect: Not every run will be fantastic, some will be less than fantastic or downright ugly. You might even miss a run or two because of injury or a crazy work schedule. It’s okay, life happens. So you miss one, just make the effort to get the next workout in. And do your best to never miss a long run session.
  3. Pay attention to how you run, can you improve your posture or how your foot hits the pavement? Look forward and not down (this is a struggle for me at times). Holding your core tight and relax your arms and hands, to help your posture. Keep your breathing easy as well. Also have a few pairs of running shoes that you can rotate between while training, instead of just one that might be a little too worn down by race day.
  4. Use your training runs to try new things out, so you can figure out what will work best for the big day. Are you going to us energy gels or chews? This is something that I’m still learning; I’ve been trying out energy gels and chews on my last few long runs to see if they are something that I may use on race day. So far I’m leaning towards the gels as my preferred source of a little energy before a run.
  5. Nutrition and hydration: Learning what to eat even a day or two before a long run is something I’m still figuring out. At the being of my training I wasn’t paying attention to what I was eating much, but as the distances increased I realized how important it is to put the right kind of fuel in my body. Food is fuel, and for everyone what type food works for you will be different than the next. And making sure to properly fuel your body after is key too, and again this is different for everyone. Also keep hydrated! I drink half my body weight in ounces of water a day just to keep my muscles hydrated. I can tell when I’ve haven’t drank enough in a day, even if it is a rest day. Our bodies are beautiful machines; we have to do everything to take care of them.
  6. Be mentally prepared as well as physically. Running is not only physically demanding, but it is mentally demanding. I’ve learned no matter what distance I’m running I have to learn to silence my mind from distraction and to remind myself that my mind will give up long before my body will. Listen to your body, it will tell you if that side cramp is something you can run through or if you need to walk it out a bit.
  7. Find what motivates you. Is it upbeat music? Are you going to dedicate your miles to loved ones? Are you looking forward to celebrating with a drink at the finish line? Whatever it is that motivates you, use it to your advantage. I love listening to a variety of upbeat music, and I actually will sing along. This helps my breathing and distracts me from how far I’ve run. Treadmill runs are hard for me because I always want to check how far I’ve ran, but I’ll count songs instead and check my distance only after so many songs.
  8. Have fun and live in the moment. Some days I’m so excited for race day, other days it’s my nerves that get the best of me. I know that come the day of the race I will have butterflies in my stomach, and adrenaline pumping through my veins. Once I cross the start line and settle in I will enjoy every step of the race. This has been a long journey, and on race day it’s all about living in the moment and enjoying the atmosphere around me and supporting my fellow runners.

This first timer is still absorbing all the advice and information she can get and is still learning as she goes, but I cannot wait to run through Lambeau and complete my first half marathon. I’m also looking forward to celebrating with a drink and raising my glass to say cheers and a job well done by us all!
Happy running!
Jenny Leiterman
The First Timer

The Invisible Runner: How I Make My Training Work For Our Family

For parents of young children, free time is a commodity more precious than gold. The chance to let your freak flag fly and indulge in the passions that make you who you are, without being interrupted by crying and snot. My husband works long hours at a demanding job, and he deserves some down time to relax with his books and video games. His wife burst through the door with running shoes on her feet two years ago, shaking up the family dynamic. As of this writing, I’m knee-deep in training for my third marathon at the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon, and I have managed to find a way to get my miles in that works for both of us. If you are struggling to balance your half or full-marathon training with your family life, hopefully you will be able to glean some wisdom from this post.

As I made clear in my introductory post for the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon’s Leader of the Pack program, I was not a runner when my husband met me, nor when I became a mother for the first, second or third time. My husband and I were not strangers to the delicate “making time for hobbies while raising a young family” dance, however.  We have always had some interests separate from each other, and prior to running, I was an avid scrapbooker. You know the scrapbooking type; armed with acid-free tape, a paper cutter, and boxes full of photos of their precious children, they gather for nights out with their girlfriends at scrapbooking gatherings called “crops.” I negotiated for these much-needed nights out many weeks in advance, and I averaged one night out every other month.

When I started exercising on my basement treadmill, the effect on my family was still minimal. I was still physically present in the house for missing-toy emergencies or sibling-fight-refereeing. Even when I started running outside, it was during the spring months, so it wasn’t that big of a deal to wake up a bit earlier and get a few miles in on nearby roads before my husband left for work.

However, once I set my sights on half-marathons, and later, marathons, a “few miles” was not going to work for some of my weekday runs. For a while, I attempted to wake up and lace up at an ungodly hour, but my late-afternoon grumpiness due to lack of sleep annoyed even myself. Besides, my husband threw a wrench in more than a few planned workouts due to an unexpected meeting or conference call that required an early departure. The weekends were no better; the miles demanded to be run, but the children also needed to be driven to activities and (gasp!) played with on occasion. My husband knew how much my new fitness lifestyle meant to me and tried to be supportive, but the tension in our home was slowly growing.

Enter the schedule that still stands to this day, that I deem “The Invisible Runner.” Here’s how it shakes out:

Weekday Runs (School Year, Non-Holiday): On the days only two of my kids have school, my workout needs to be completed by 7:30 a.m. in order to get them ready for the bus. I complete my workout on the treadmill on those days, waking up as early as needed. Usually those runs are just recovery runs, so the wakeup call isn’t too bad (an added incentive to train: my wakeup time gets later if my recovery-run pace gets faster!). I try to schedule workouts like intervals, tempo runs and medium-long runs for the days all three of my kids have school in the morning (last year this was two days per week, now it is three days per week). On those days, I can wake up at the luxuriously late hour of 7:20, and run outside after I drop my son off at preschool. Unless the weather is horrible, in which case I hit the ‘mill.

Weekday Runs (School Holidays or Summer): Last summer, I tried to get outside in the early morning hours as much as possible. If that was impossible for whatever reason (weather, my husband’s schedule, excessive tiredness), the ‘mill was a necessary evil. Braving the treadmill means a later wakeup time (assuming we don’t have to get up for a camp or other activity), so I often choose that option unless I believe my workout for that day would be better done on the roads.

Weekend Long Runs and Races: This part of my training is the most visible, but I try to make it as invisible as possible.  My middle child has dance class on Saturday mornings, and sometimes one of the other children has an activity, as well.  I am off on my long run before the family wakes up, and I try my darndest to be home to pick her up from class at noon. Since my training has been invisible during the rest of the week, my husband is more than happy to be Super Dad for a few hours. He has even morphed into the expert ballet bun-maker of the family!

If I have a race, I am often not home by noon, but since I only do a few races per training cycle, my husband is fine with that. Some of my running friends have spouses or children who are either runners themselves, or serve as cheerleaders at their races. To date, I have only had my family at one finish line (my first marathon), and I prefer it that way. My kids’ current interest level isn’t high enough to make them stand at the side of the road  just to see me one or two times. The very important exception to this rule will be the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon: My husband, kids, and parents are making the pilgrimage to Green Bay, and are psyched about being able to hang out at Lambeau during the expo and the race.

This schedule is not for everyone. Perhaps you have a running spouse, or a spouse with an equally time-consuming hobby. Perhaps you don’t have access to a treadmill, or you need more hours of sleep in order to function like a human, or you have to balance your outside-the-home work schedule alongside your spouse’s schedule. However you choose to fit in your training, my advice would be to make it a definite priority, but be willing to compromise when needed. Running is important to me, but my family is my world, and I don’t like being apart from them any more than I have to.  My “invisible runner” schedule makes me a marathoner, but also a very visible mother and wife. That, for me, is the best of both worlds.

The Mom On The Run,

Sara Roach


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