Meet 33 year old Lisa Fine from Warren, VT…. training for her first marathon!!
It all began when I was in grad school, in the midst of student teaching, and got home each day exhausted, in need of energy.
I had dabbled with running in my past, but had suffered from shin splints, exercise-induced asthma, and just a general dislike of running.
But that spring, I decided to try running again. I followed a walk-run plan for several months until I got up to running 30 minutes at a time. It was unbelievable! Here I was, a kid who couldn’t even run for 10 minutes straight in high school, and finally was running 30 minutes with no problems.
By the next year I signed up for my first 5k, and fell in love with running races. I loved the atmosphere, the support of the runners, and checking out the vendors and gear. On a whim, I signed up for the 2011 Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon. I knew it was a little bit crazy, but my sister and I had traveled together to Walt Disney World a few times as adults, and thought this would be a fun thing to incorporate into a trip.
I trained hard. I had some knee pain here and there. I learned how to foam roll, and worked on cross training and staying healthy and hydrated.
And then, on October 1, 2011, it was time. I ran my first half marathon, a night race through Walt Disney World at that, and had a blast. I met lots of other runners and had my photo taken with all kinds of characters throughout the race.
I wasn’t fast, but I was hooked. I ran the Walt Disney World Half Marathon in January 2012, and have run lots of 5k and 10k races in Vermont and other places in New England.
Running makes me feel healthy and strong. It makes me feel alive. It has brought me new friends, and fun things to blog about. It makes me feel like I’m part of a big community of like-minded runners, and it gets me moving. I also love to sign up for races to stay motivated. If I didn’t choose a few races each year, I’d probably be active, but I might not run.
What’s next? The KeyBank Vermont City Marathon! Running a marathon is kind of daunting, and for many years I’ve said I’d never do it…but I’m doing it. My fiance signed up right after the race opened, so I decided to join him at the starting line. It’ll be the first marathon for both of us, and I just know it’s going to be an amazing feeling to cross that finish line.