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Norma King

Norma King

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

vice-versa?

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

teaching.

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

meaningful? Why?

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

endurance sports?

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

and enjoyable.

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.

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