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Running has brought me confidence, strength, and resilience. At 44, I feel like I know myself better than I ever have in my life largely because of the meditative time I spend with myself on long runs.
I love Runner’s World and I found the community aspect inspiring.
I run to get away from people. I have a busy job and a busy 8-year-old boy who dominates my non-work time (in a very happy way). Getting out for a run clears my head and helps me focus. Also, I’m now addicted to marathons. So, a training plan sparks my inner competitive spirit.
I’m a morning runner on weekends and a midday runner on weekdays. Lunchtime is usually the only time I can escape on workdays. I run the hilly roads of Greenwich, CT. There are few sidewalks in this town, which is annoying. My favorite long run route takes me to Greenwich Point Park, which has picturesque views of the Long Island Sound and Manhattan. Outside of dodging cars on super narrow roads, it’s a very peaceful run with added trail and beach routes I sometimes add for fun tangents.
My Brooks Levitate 2 LEs. My first pair were black and pink. The current white pair with yellow laces that I’m about to retire survived two marathons, including my current PR (4:30:59) at the 2019 Chicago Marathon and the brutal hot, humid conditions of the 2020 Disney Marathon. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the new Brooks Levitate 3s don’t disappoint!
A sub-4 hour marathon this year, either at the 2020 Chicago Marathon or the Marine Corps Marathon (I’m, er, running both).
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