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Meet Melissa Gauido, 2013 Rookie Finalist #2

by leandre on January 19, 2013 · 1 comment

in This Rookie's Ramblings (2013)

This Rookie’s Ramblings is a weekly blog sponsored by RunVermont and the Green Mountain Running Medicine Shop column written by one Vermont resident training for the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon.  The 2013 Rookie will be selected from a pool of 5 finalists. We’re posting one entry a day through Tuesday, January 22. Cast your vote for your favorite Rookie beginning Wednesday, January 24 on our Facebook page.



Over the past few years I have had many goals. They have ranged from making my stand-up comedy debut, to traveling West to Montana, to overcoming my fear of escalators (seriously, it’s a thing, escalaphobia – Google it.). Unfortunately I have achieved none of them. Life gets in the way and my goal became just making it through to the next day.  On January 27, 2013 I turn thirty years old. I PROMISE I am not in the middle of a quarter life crisis. I am, however, on a path of self-acceptance, the path to a healthier lifestyle, and the journey to finishing my very first 26.2.

It is for these reasons that I think I would make an awesome Rookie Rambler. Plus, I am both a rookie and a rambler. I am also dynamic, funny, dedicated, and modest. But there are some things you must know before you choose me.

I do not like the physical act of running.  I have the attention span of a goldfish and after four miles I get a little bored. Waking up while it is dark to run in 20 degree temperatures is not my definition of fun.

Running can also be a challenge for me. I can be a little clumsy and really like to play the air drums while I’m running (A man actually rolled down his window the other day to make sure I was ok as I was rocking out. He thought I was in distress). So it’s not a pretty sight.

So why do I do it you ask?  I run because I like the way it makes me feel.

This time last year a group from work decided to enter a relay team for this very race. It took me 15 minutes 30 seconds to run my first mile.  I have no idea why. Seriously.  I can walk faster than that with a sprained ankle and a hot beverage. It was sad, but ultimately it was motivating in some odd way. So, all winter, two to three days a week, I would get up early and run so I wouldn’t embarrass myself in May. I found it did a few things:

1. I was losing weight – something I have been struggling with since being pregnant and giving birth to my two muffin tops.

2. I had an outlet for my anxiety.

3. My self-confidence was growing as I felt better and looked better.

After the relay I stopped running. That good feeling was gone. I knew the only way I would keep running was to sign up for races. I did a 5K and a half-marathon in 2012. The half-marathon was TERRIBLE. As I ran uphill in the cold, wind, and rain I had to stop because I was laughing so hard; I was crazy. But I finished! Sure, I finished the half-marathon as the first full marathon runners were crossing the line, but it didn’t matter to me because I finished. And this time around, I plan on finishing the full marathon in under the six hour time limit, air drumming and all.

It is a challenge, a commitment, and a goal. This is one goal I will achieve and I would feel honored to be able to share my journey and experience with everyone. I promise it will be a journey full of challenge, laughter, tears (on my part I’m sure), motivation, dedication, minor failures, and major success.



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1 Robyn Schenck January 20, 2013 at 9:16 am

You go, girl! I can’t even say “Good Luck” because you don’t need luck. You’ve got the spirit!
: ) Robyn

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