A little about me..I am a soon-to-be- 43 year old mother of 3 from Lincoln, Nebraska. I began running as a college freshman at a tiny school, where I met the cross country coach one day and he said I “looked like a runner”. No run, no times, nothing. I had never run a race, I just wanted to try something out of my comfort zone. I discovered I loved it. I wasn’t fast, but I got a free pair of shoes out of the deal and made a few friends along the way.
I transferred schools, got married, became a Registered Nurse. I ran occasionally, but really got out of it for about ten years. I had kids, got busy. Gained a lot of weight, forgot my passion for exercise in general and running in particular.
As I neared forty, I was ready to make some changes in my life. I joined a gym, started running again, and did the Lincoln Half Marathon the spring I turned forty. I loved it. Since then, I have lost 80 pounds, and completed several more half-marathons, each faster than the last. In two weeks, my 21 year old daughter and I will complete the Disney Princess Half-marathon together! I had forgotten how running makes every other aspect of life better! My son and I have also done several 5k’s, and I am excited to be sharing running with them.
My goals for the Green Bay Marathon: Complete the process of training well. Learn the discipline of a structured training plan Get to race day feeling rested and energized. Compete the actual run feeling well and uninjured. No real time goal, but pie-in-the-sky would be 4:20. Mostly, I see this first marathon as a learning curve, where I see what my body can do, how it responds, and how to run the race. What works and doesn’t work for fueling and hydrating. How I mentally deal with 26.2 miles and how I can be better prepared for a future race. WANTING to try again after Green Bay would mean my previous goals were met! I love the city of Green Bay and am excited to run my first marathon there!