October, 1, 2017

Bristow, VA

Female Half Marathon Newbie 2017 – Rhoda Martin

Rhoda Martin

Has never completed a half marathon but does have other running experience so she will be following the intermediate plan.

Click here to view Rhoda’s suggested training plan! This training plan is provided by The Running Store in Gainesville, VA

June 12

rhoda2When I started running 2 years ago, the purpose was two-fold. I needed something simple to get me outside and active. At the same time, I realized that my youngest child was going to be athletically inclined and I wanted to be able to connect with her in that area. So I downloaded a couch to 5k app and started there.

What is your biggest hurdle to working out/running?

Currently, my biggest hurdle in working out/running is proper balance in my nutrition and supplements. Trying to be sure that I eat properly to fuel my body has been tricky. There are workouts where I can tell that I haven’t provided my body with what it needs to go the distance. And there are other workouts where I know I over did it and it slows me down. Rarely do I find that sweet spot that is just right. 

What is your long-term running goal?

This is where I’m supposed to say that I’m striving toward something grand like a full marathon or a Ragnar race but at present time, my long term running goal is simply to not burn out. I enjoy running and I love how I feel post-run. I don’t want to lose that passion. I still want to enjoy running years from now and I want to have a body that isn’t too worn out to do so. 

What is your current running routine and have you ever run in a race before?

I run 19.5 miles per week. Yes – first 5k in 2015, 3 5ks in 2016, 10k trail run 2017.

Why do you want to do the Prince William Half Marathon?

It’s the next logical goal to set, wanted to run the first annual last year but was out of town.

Tell us something interesting about yourself…

This time two years ago, I couldn’t walk up and down the stairs in my home due to chronic illness but I’ve worked hard to become a runner.

 


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