How long have you been involved with running?
About six years.
What got you involved with running?
Friends who rode bikes were a factor. They kept suggesting I should take up running. Over a period of years the persuasion worked. Also my daughter was training for a half marathon, so I trained with her. She never ran it but I actually did run one since I’d done all that training.
How many days a week do you usually run?
I run zero to four days a week.
What is the greatest distance you have raced?
A half marathon. I have run three.
What is one of your most memorable race/ event and what made it so special?
Probably the Loco Half Marathon, because it was a destination race attended by a good number of runners and sherpas from the club. Apart from the running we had a fun social trip to a local brewery for lunch and beers after the race.
Do you always enjoy going out for a run?
Usually I do. I like it best when I have company because the time goes faster and I tend to push more with other runners. I always enjoy when it’s over.
What are some of the things that gets you out the door when you really don’t feel like going out on a run?
The fact that I promised someone I will run with them, especially if it’s early in the morning.
What are you working towards currently in your workouts?
Falmouth Road Race in August and the Mohawk Hudson River Half Marathon in October.
What are some of you long term running goals?
No specific goal. Just to keep running and maybe even get a little faster.
Can you share something about an obstacle you had to overcome and how you managed to get over it?
Nothing to share running wise. One way that the club helped me was for my special needs daughter’s Birthday. It’s easy for me to get discouraged when I see her lack of progress with each passing year. The GNRC runners and some other friends came through and we had a party with a musical sing along which brought a big smile to her face.
How long have you been a member of GNRC?
About 3 years.
What are some of the things you enjoy about being a member of GNRC?
People to run with and making new friends.
Can you share a story that relates to you and the club?
Ragnar Cape Cod 2013. I had signed up not really knowing what I was in for. I remember as we headed off to the start in van 1 the other team members were discussing how they had done in the Boston Marathon and various other races. I quickly realized I was going to be the long pole in the tent. I won’t name names but I recall being chided for not knowing my pace. My goal was to do three race legs without walking. Pace wasn’t on the agenda for me.
In what ways has the club made a difference in your running?
I now know my pace when I’m running.
Greater Neponset Running Club
GNRC is a USATF-certified club (# 02-0289) of women and men and who love to run, participate in races, discuss training, and socialize together. Our runners are from the Neponset River Valley towns of Norwood, Westwood, Medfield, Dover, Walpole, Sharon and other surrounding communities.