I am excited and delighted to share my mom's competitive sports story about how she challenged herself and succeeded in completing a 15K mountain trail run at Pine Grove Furnace State Park and Michaux State Forest in Pennsylvania. This is her story.
The Angel That Ran Beside Me
|Training run up Pole Steeple|
This year I will turn 60. I have been thinking about what stellar (for me) thing I could do. It became apparent that I wanted to try the 15K for fun. What’s the worst thing that could happen? I could just walk it if I had to!
I signed us up in January for our April 26th Ironmaster's Challenge 15K trail run and began training right away. I did some research on line to get an idea of what I needed to do to begin training. I kept a wall calendar and wrote down my workouts every day.
I had an opportunity to take an exercise class with a physiologist. He was adamant about keeping fit with a variety of floor exercises to keep us limber. The room was filled with older women, me being the youngest. He gave us many informative talks about the importance of diet and correct movement to be done every day.
In March my daughter and I got trail shoes and tried them out on local Appalachian trails. Our first run we covered about 4 miles. A week and a half later we did around 6 miles. She looked at me and said, “Do you have 3 more miles in you Mom?” In my head “???” floated around. Out loud I said, “Yeah, I think I do!”
|Ascending one of many mountains on the 15K race trail|
|Crossing the finish line!|
So now the race for me took on new meaning. I was not only running for my goal to finish, but for the surviving and the newly deceased who all loved the mountains so much.
I trained with the goal to finish in under 3 ½ hours. All through my training I thought I would be running it alone, as my daughter would have been WAY up ahead! I thought it would be cool to run it together, but I certainly didn’t want to hold her back! As communication sometimes goes, I didn’t realize that she was going to run WITH me!! “Oh thank god, I won’t get lost,” I thought. She said this race wasn’t about her this time.
|Laurie and Anne in post-race celebrations|
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