What made you start running?
I started running marathons at 30 and thought it would be fun to run one when I was 40, 50 and 60. I did one at 40 years of age and then worried I wouldn’t be able to do it at 50 so I ran another at 45. It just became a habit after that.
When and why did you decided to you were going to run a half-marathon or marathon on all seven continents?
Getting into the Antarctica Marathon in 2016 when I was on the waiting list for 2018 really kicked it off. I was already in the process of doing the Abbott World Marathon Majors so three continents were already done. Just getting to Antarctica is as much of a marathon as the race itself.
How do you stay motivated through all those miles?
Having a long term goal like running on every continent was enough motivation to keep me on the road and on the trail.
How many marathons and/or half-marathons have you run?
What is your favorite race and why?
Boston in 2015 would have to be the highlight. Not only is it the Major of the Majors but I was fortunate to run for Team MR8 and the Martin Richard Foundation. Martin was the eight year old boy that died in the bombings two years earlier. Wearing their jersey during the race and hearing the “Go MR8!” about 100 times during the race reminded me that the people of that great city truly are “Boston Strong”.
What is your favorite part about running and traveling?
No matter where we’ve been in the world on a running trip the camaraderie of the runners and the fans makes every trip special. Running a marathon takes a significant commitment and the celebration at the finish line is always great.
It doesn’t have to be a race, but what is your favorite place/city to run?
Running along the Charles River in Boston watching the college rowing teams has to rank at or near the top of the list.
What word would your friends use to describe you?
Committed (or needs to be).
What words of advice would you give to someone who is training for their first marathon or half-marathon?
Start today. Do a little today and a little more every day. Pretty soon you’ll be doing great things that you never thought possible.
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