First of all, congratulations to my friends and mentors, Brad Castillo and Phil Gonzalez, who ran the Boston Marathon on Monday.
Mind Over Miles
(As of early 2013,) Farin Montanez is a 25-year-old mom of two who started running — after a decade-long hiatus — in November. “Mind over miles” chronicles her training for the Santa Rosa Marathon. She can be reached at farin at maderatribune.net. Follow her on Instagram at mind_over_miles.
I started writing Mind Over Miles nearly one year ago, just three weeks after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing inspired me to qualify for the nation’s oldest marathon.
Ever since I decided to start running again in November 2012, I’ve caught a host of ailments, and Saturday added one more.
The late Nelson Mandela once said, “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” In running, there are no truer words.
3:29:36. That was my official time for Sunday’s Modesto Marathon — a full 5 minutes and 24 seconds faster than my Boston Qualifying cutoff. I did it!
If you thought marathoners were crazy for running 26.2 miles for fun, let me tell you what’s really crazy: Me, the week before the marathon.
Especially this marathon.
If you really want to irritate me, ask me this: “You’re already skinny. Why do you still run?”