What is your athletic background? I have always loved sports and being active. Pick up football and basketball games in the neighborhood, street hockey. I was a “tomboy” with a braid and a bow. In High School I was varsity captain of the basketball, volleyball and track team. In college […]
What is your athletic background?
I have always loved sports and being active. Pick up football
and basketball games in the neighborhood, street hockey. I was
a “tomboy” with a braid and a bow.
In High School I was varsity captain of the basketball, volleyball
and track team. In college it was varsity volleyball and track. I
continued playing competitive volleyball after college for a few
years on a AA team. I did a lot of Mountain biking, skiing,
snowboarding, and swimming (I worked as a state lifeguard
and swimming instructor) I recently tried rowing for the first
time this past summer.
What motivated you to start competing in endurance events?
I had run in a few 5k road races off and on and a few sprint
triathlons that a friend had talked me into (these were
endurance races at the time for me). I never really considered
myself an endurance athlete and at the time didn’t really enjoy
any of it (not training may have played a big part). I was a
sprinter and long jumper or involved in sports that required
more speed then endurance so it was a foreign and painful
thing for me. I eventually joined the Merrimack Valley Striders
and decided at 54 to train and run in my first half marathon. I
survived the training and the race so then the next year I
bumped it up to a full marathon. Again, I survived and was able
to walk the next day.
How does your involvement in athletics affect your job and
I am a Physical Education and Health teacher. I guess you can
say that I am trying to set a good example for my students.
They love hearing about my running and many of their parents
are runners so it’s a real connection for them. Since I have
been running and training for endurance events I find that I
have a lot more energy which really helps me teach a lot of
energetic students everyday. I average 5 miles a day just
What is your favorite workout?
My favorite workout is Monday night strength or weekend long
runs with friends. I started taking strength with Sharon at the
YMCA to get my core stronger. I was having back and SI joint
issues. A good strong sneeze would put me out for a week. My
PT had suggested a core training class. So I signed up. I am so
glad that I did.
What is your favorite distance/event?
I really enjoy the 5k. That’s the sprinter in me talking.
What event that you participated in was the most
That’s a hard one because there have been many throughout
high school and college athletics. I guess if I were to pick
something recent it would have to be running in the Boston
Marathon. It was never anything that was ever on my radar
because I never considered myself an endurance athlete. Being
able to run in the oldest marathon in the world was a real
dream come true.
What advice would you give to those just getting started in
I would have to say that it is important to find a good running
club like MVS or a training facility like Breakaway filled with
seasoned endurance athletes and coaches who can help guide
you with sound advice and tools that will allow you to train
smarter and give you insight so that you know what to expect.
It will help to make the journey and experience more positive
What are your future goals?
My next big race will be the NY Marathon in Nov. of 2019. I was
fortunate enough to qualify for it during the Marine Corp
marathon this past October. I also received a BQ at Marine
corps for the 2020 Boston Marathon. So I guess those are my
next two focus races.
Do you have any other comments?
This journey of becoming an endurance athlete (I still don’t
really feel like one) has been an enjoyable and eye opening
experience. Maybe I’ll even try a triathlon again. But this time
I’ll train for it.