First time marathoner? Veteran 26.2-er aiming for a PR or a Boston qualifying time? If you’re interested in a little extra support to finish the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon, run with our Pace Team, sponsored by SkiRack. Our experienced Pace Leaders are here to help you meet your performance goals whether you’re hoping to cross the finish line in 3:15 or 5:30. Today we bring you the last post in this series, words of wisdom from our 4:45 pace team, Kristin Lundy and Troy Headrick.
Kristin Lundy:: email
This year’s KeyBank Vermont City Marathon will be my 12 consecutive KBVCMand my thirtieth lifetime marathon. I have also completed three 100k and three 100 mile endurance runs as well as various other distances.
I had no interest in distance running until later in life. In middle school I was only interested in speed or action! As an adult I have learned to appreciate what goes into a long, hard training plan. I am not what I would consider to be an exceptional athlete, but I found that what I lack in natural ability, I more than make up for in mental fortitude. Endurance running has helped train me for life, and life has trained me for endurance running.
One of my favorite things about running is the people I meet and seeing their great accomplishments. I love hearing their stories as I run, and helping people to reach a goal. Whether it be a first 5k, half marathon, or 100 miler, each journey is special and everyone has a story. When I am not running I enjoy hiking, yoga, spending weekends with my granddaughter or riding my motorcycle.
May favorite pre-race meal is a packet of instant oatmeal. It is easy on my stomach, gives sustained energy and can travel anywhere.
I am especially looking forward to this Vermont City Marathon, helping people accomplish their goals and hearing their stories.
Troy Headrick:: email
Hello! I’m very excited to join the pace team for this year’s running of the Vermont City Marathon. VCM has been my favorite marathon since I began racing the distance back in 1997. I’m looking forward to enjoying the experience with anyone who would like to join our pace group!
As I sit at my desk, I’m trying to count the number of times I’ve raced the VCM. I’m pretty sure this will be the 8th time I’ve made it to the starting line (I did have one DNF a few years ago). I live in Burlington and make it a point to train on the course as much as possible, and I feel I have a very good grasp of how to run this particular race. I’ve got a good sense of where the challenge spots are, where the crowds will carry us through, and how to capitalize on the best race possible. I think this will by 17th overall marathon, and VCM remains the course on which I have my PR (3:10) and where I first qualified for the Boston Marathon. I have so many fond memories with this course and look forward to creating even more as a part of your pace group.
Training for the marathon, this year, will be a component of a larger training cycle for me as I prepare to race Ironman Lake Placid at the end of July. I’m relatively new to triathlons, and have been enjoying how the cross training has had such a positive impact on my running. I’ve been running since I was in middle school. In high school, I ran for my Cross Country and track teams. While I’ve endured a few lulls where the mileage went down for a while, I’ve always come back to running as a way to maintain balance and fitness in my life. Some of my greatest joys, now, are watching my daughters chose their own paths to fitness. Both have participated on their track teams as well and one of them even allows me to join her on the occasional run.
I love the camaraderie of a local running community. And I enjoy meeting new friends as we share the journey together. Please don’t hesitate to contact me via e-mail if you have any questions about preparing for race day or even just to introduce yourself. You can also find me on Facebook. I should be one of only two with this name on there. I’m always happy to get another friend request.
In the meantime, keep your training commitments. I look forward to a great time on race day!