My running journey started some 40 years ago when I was just 13 years old in Jr. High. I loved basketball but I was terrible in track my 7th grade year. The next year my dad said to me “If you are going to do something, you might as well be good at it” and suggested I try long distance running, which during that day was only 1600m. During my 8th grade track season, I had to convince the coach to let me run the 1600m of which I started winning races.
Fast forward to 2014, after a 24-year failed marriage and struggles with depression for many years, my brother encouraged me to start running. It was a slow go, but the more I ran the better I felt both physically and mentally. I signed up for my 1st 5K race and loved it. In 2016, I decided to run my 1st Marathon as a celebration of my 50th birthday. I trained on my own with no specific type of training program. I injured myself due to lack of knowledge, but I was determined to complete that Marathon no matter what. It was probably the most painful 26.2 miles I had ever run and swore I would not do “THAT” again.
As time went by, I thought to myself, with the proper training group, maybe I could run another Marathon pain-free and try to improve my time. I started running local races and met up with a few women from Bay Area Fit at a Run Social. They were so friendly and shared their experiences of Bay Area Fit and encouraged me to join the group. I decided to join the Red group for the 2016-17 Season of Bay Area Fit. Everyone in Bay Area Fit was so welcoming, friendly, knowledgeable and most of all very encouraging. The coaches shared information on core training, running and injury prevention. As, I began to expand my running knowledge, I felt I wanted to push for more. For the first time in my life, I thought I might work towards that ultimate goal of qualifying for “The Boston Marathon”. During my 1st year with Bay Area Fit, I did improve my Marathon time, by an hour, even with a hamstring injury. In the 2017-18 season, I decided to join the Orange group and set a goal to attempt to get a Boston Marathon qualifying time. In the 2018 Chevron Marathon and my 3rd Marathon, I accomplished my goal, but not fast enough to actually get into the race. I decided I would train for the Erie Marathon, which is one of the last qualifying races for Boston. With success and help from Coach Bill, I accomplished my goal with over 8 minutes cushion for the Boston Marathon. Boston Bound April 2019!
Even though I may not have spent many years with BAF, I feel it is time for me to give back and share my experiences to help others. As I set that goal for myself to get to Boston, I am setting a goal to do my best to help anyone who wants to get started. I will share my knowledge and if I don’t have the answer, I will do my best to point you in the right direction. I love running with this group. I truly feel, BAF runners are my family. There is a camaraderie like none other between the vast types of people. I look forward to this journey and hope to see you on the roads.