Editor’s Note: SOURCE invited runners from Team Framingham and a couple of other Framingham-based charity teams to participate in a series of Q&As about their training for the 2022 Boston marathon to be held in April this year. If you would like to submit a profile contact email@example.com.
Hometown: Naugatuck, Connecticut
Marathon Team: Team Framingham
Is this your first marathon? This will be my 7th marathon, but first time running Boston!
What is your personal best marathon time? 4:24:37 – Newport, RI Marathon last April.
Is this your first Boston Marathon? This is my first time running the Boston Marathon.
Why run Boston? I’ve been living in Massachusetts since I moved here for graduate school in 2005. I love that the Boston Marathon is such a monumental event here. The energy and excitement that people in so many communities have for it, regardless if they have any interest in running, is pretty amazing.
Events that bring people together are really special and this is one of those. It has already been super fun letting people know I will be running Boston this April. I can’t wait to be a part of the Boston Marathon energy as a runner!
Which charity are you raising money for? I am raising money for Jeff’s Place in Framingham.
Why did you pick that charity? I chose to fundraise for Jeff’s Place because I believe in their mission to offer hope and healing in a supportive community for grieving children, teens, families, and individuals. This work is necessary and so important for every community.
This is my 17th year working at Keefe Regional Technical School, first as a School Counselor and currently as the Director of Guidance and Admissions, and we have referred students and families to Jeff’s Place over the years. I am a believer in normalizing the grieving process and their vision that no one should grieve alone. I feel incredibly lucky to be able to use something that I love to raise funds for an incredibly worthy organization in a community that has been so welcoming to me since I started my career in education here back in 2006.
Link to your charity fundraising page: https://www.givengain.com/ap/adrienne-bogusky-raising-funds-for-jeffs-place/
How did you first get into running? Growing up my dad was part of a running club in our hometown and I remember doing my first “road race” when I was about 4 or 5 years old wearing a muppet babies shirt and making my dad run with me because I was too nervous to do it alone! It was definitely my dad’s influence that really got me into running. I grew up going to his races and was used to him going out for a long run early in the morning on the weekends. I ran cross-country and track and field in high school and have kept running ever since. I didn’t have a real plan to start running, it just organically happened because I was around it and it stuck. I have never been a super fast runner, and really enjoy races that have a little distance.
Why do you like to run? Running just kind of makes sense to me. You can do it by yourself and be with your thoughts, or do it with friends. Now as a mom of 3 young kids running totally keeps me grounded. It helps me be a better parent overall. Also, I have never finished a run and thought “wow, I wish I didn’t do that.” When we travel, I continue to find running the best way to experience a new place. You can cover more ground then when you go for a walk and it’s a great way to start the day.
Tell SOURCE something about your training for the marathon: I am following a combination of Hal Higdon’s 3-day a week Marathon Training Plan and his Novice 2 Marathon Plan. I was lucky enough to get a spot on Team Framingham mid-January with a donation from another Framingham runner who is unable to run this April, so my official training was a little behind what I would normally do. At this point in life running 3-4 days a week with some cross-training in the mix is the best fit for me.
What is your favorite cross-training activity? I’ve been doing my best to enjoy weight training, and love a good walk with our dog. Hoping to get some cross-country skiing in this winter too!
Do you prefer to train alone or with others? Why? I enjoy both. I definitely used to be more of a solo runner for a few years since I had tiny windows to get out of the house between kid stuff and working full time. This past spring I started running with an awesome group of women who also get up early and are out there at 5 a.m. and it has been the best!
Are you an early morning runner or evening runner? With my work schedule, early morning runs are what usually happens, but I also love a run right after work before I go home too.
How do you stay motivated when you don’t want to run? I just commit to the first mile and go from there. Once you are out there and moving it gets better and like I said before, I have never regretted going for a run.
Music or no music when running? If music, favorite song? A little bit of both. If it’s a shorter run I don’t do music, but if I am doing a long run solo I like to
have some fun tunes, mostly late 90’s and early 2000’s hip-hop and alternative classics. I’ve done some good podcasts during marathon training too.
What is your favorite pre-running meal? English muffin with peanut butter, sometimes with a banana in the mix and a little bit of coffee.
What is your favorite post-run snack? This definitely depends on the time of year for me. If it’s after a road race I embrace the post race snacks that they have.
Tell SOURCE readers something about you that has nothing to do with running: I was in the marching band in high school.
What shoes will you wear on Marathon day? Most likely a pair of Clifton Hokas.
What is your goal for the 2023 Boston Marathon? I don’t have a specific time goal in mind, but I want to do my best to leave it all on the course, while at the same time appreciating the crowds and energy of the other runners.
Will you wear anything personal or symbolic the day of the 2023 Boston Marathon? Why? I will wear my wedding band and necklace that has a charm on it for each of my kids. My family is the best and I would not be able to do this without them by my side.