Then, a few years ago, I decided to get serious about running again with the simple goal of breaking 20 minutes in a 5K. A friend suggested I read 80/20 Running: Run Stronger and Race Faster By Training Slower by Matt Fitzgerald. Following the training plans in this book, I had my 5K time under 19 minutes and set my sights on running a marathon again.
The same friend said I could qualify for Boston, but I didn’t believe him. Last March, I laced up for my first marathon in 18 years at the Tobacco Road Marathon in North Carolina. Despite my nerves and stomach trying to get the best of me, I finished with a Boston-Qualifying time of 3:11:12, a huge improvement over my 3:52:38 in my only previous marathon attempt.
When I found myself moving to Waterville with my wife (who now works at Colby College), I probably spent too much time scouring the internet looking for Maine running clubs and races. But I discovered the Central Maine Striders, and soon after moving up last summer I ran in one of the Quarry Road Trail Races and attended a potluck and group run. Since then, I’ve improved upon my marathon time at the 2017 Chicago Marathon (2:58:21) and am currently running with the Dirigo RC master’s team in the USATF New England Road Race Grand Prix series.
As Vice President of the Central Maine Striders, I’m looking forward to organizing more group runs, increasing the number of active members, fostering a friendly spirit of competition, and trying to organize more Striders teams to race together.
I’m also really looking forward to running in more Maine and New England races, including my first Boston Marathon in a couple weeks.
- Favorite Race: Chicago Marathon
- Favorite Run: A lap around Forest Park in St. Louis, one of the largest urban parks in the U.S.
- Favorite Running Gear: My Garmin Forerunner GPS watch. I’m a bit of a map and numbers geek, so running with a GPS watch provides entertainment on many levels for me.
- Favorite Running Advice: Run slow to race fast (and not get injured)
- Favorite Running Quote: “Jane, that’s, like, almost a mile!” – Angela, American Beauty