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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marathon Team: Team Framingham
Is this your first marathon? This is my 2nd Boston Marathon and 4th marathon overall since 2014.
What is your personal best marathon time? 4:37:23 in the Narragansett Marathon in 2018. Which is about a 10:35 average pace.
Why run Boston? How can you not want to run the world’s oldest annual marathon?! There is nothing more humbling and thrilling than being cheered on by thousands of spectators (especially those at Framingham’s mile 7!) while running with tens of thousands of other runners – all of whom just want to enjoy the race!
Which charity are you raising money for? Jeff’s Place.
Why did you pick that charity? The clinicians at Jeff’s Place are a special lot of people who dedicate their careers to helping children and families deal with the loss of a loved one. Jeff’s Place continues to grow, using donations to fund the great programs they provide.
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How did you first get into running? I have always enjoyed running, but a marathon seemed like an unattainable feat. Then I put my name in the Team Framingham lottery in 2014 (the first year of its establishment) and I was selected. Training was hard and long, but the excitement of the starting line, and the exhaustion and exhilaration at the finish line quickly hooked me into wanting to do another.
The personal impact of the experience also set me on the road to become a member or the Team Framingham Steering Committee. I am currently the Vice-Chair.
Why do you like to run? Running helps clear my mind to help allow me to be present and focused every other moment of my life where all I seem to do is juggle chainsaws while riding a unicycle downhill. And the unicycle is on fire…..
Tell SOURCE something about your training for the marathon: I have had a mental barrier at 13.1 miles recently. I’ve been worried that I would start petering out and struggle too much with the second half. I have been able to slowly increase to an 18-mile run and now have proof of concept. It has left me much more confident that I can cross that finish line!
What is your favorite cross-training activity? Yoga.
Do you prefer to train alone or with others? Why? This varies for me. Often, it is nice to have the miles pass unnoticed while you are in a good conversation. Other times, it is nice to be in my own head, listening to a varied playlist of great music. And sometimes, I just need to get on my Peleton Tread to be inspired and entertained by their coaches.
Are you an early morning runner or evening runner? Morning. I enjoy the feeling of having accomplished something first thing!
How do you stay motivated when you don’t want to run? Listening to your body is important. Sometimes if you need a day of rest, or need to nurse an achy knee, you should not force yourself to train. On those days where it is a little bit of being in a rush to do other things – I remind myself that I am only useful to accomplish other tasks (job, parenting, husbanding) if I am taking care of myself. Plus, I like proving to my kids that it is important to commit to doing hard things.
Music or no music when running? If music, favorite song? Music. I would love to time it right so that Pat Benatar’s “Invincible” was in my ears as I try to quicken my pace to cross the finish line.
What is your favorite pre-running meal? I keep it simple – a big bowl of cereal with milk and a cup of coffee.
What is your favorite post-run snack? Whatever I can get my hands on first!
Tell SOURCE readers something about you that has nothing to do with running: My favorite book is “A Winter’s Tale” by Mark Helprin. After my third or so date with Deb, I gave her a copy. After she read it and loved it as much as I did, I knew we were going to be in a lasting relationship!
What shoes will you wear on Marathon day? I run in Brooks Adrenaline sneakers.
What is your goal for the 2023 Boston Marathon? To have lots of fun and give lots of high fives to everyone I know as I pass through Framingham!