Join them and others at the Plantations Arboretum on Mondays @ 5pm and Wednesdays @ 5:30pm. Meet at the Sculpture Garden across from the ponds. Call Tom Joyce with practice run questions: (607) 277-7426.
Florence: To be honest, it was slightly boring. After running for a few hours you have two choices: meet some interesting people or finish sooner. Unfortunately, I did neither. The physical portion is really not the worst part, I didn't even get any chaffing or dehydration problems etc. The difficulties arose because I was really nervous before and I completely messed up the nutrition planning surrounding the race... lesson learned.
T: I know the worst thing that happened during your run, what was the second worst thing?
F: The second worst thing that happened during my run was that I didn't meet anyone during the race until the last mile. It really helps me to make friends while I run, but I didn't really get the chance on this occasion. My ill-fitting fanny pack probably was tied for second worst though -- I couldn't get it to stay tightly fastened!
T: I know that you aspire to end your runs on a happy note, i.e. being in a really positive state of mind, were you one of the happiest finishers of the Burlington Marathon?
F: After the free massage I definitely was! Maybe in the future I will manage it, but this time around I didn't have the ear to ear smile I was hoping for.
T: What has inspired you to become a runner in the last year? And why did you aspire to run a marathon?
F: I honestly have no answer for you... I ran a 5K in the fall and felt so proud of myself that I decided I was going to become a runner! A couple of months later I signed up for 3 half marathons, a 26K trail race, and this marathon. I enjoy myself so much that I don't see an end in sight! I started out of impulse and I keep running for the runner's high, the social aspect, and the meditative benefits.
T: It is often fun to meet someone new on a run, did you meet any new people while running the marathon?
F: Unfortunately, I didn't.
T: What can you tell us about Burlington from running around there?
F: It's beautiful! The city is awesome and the suburbs are full of kind, enthusiastic people.
T: What else would you like to share about running a marathon?
F: 90% of the enjoyment and satisfaction comes from the training process. I found it all to be quite enjoyable, although it required a great deal of focus -- it really lends a new perspective on your life.
T: Having run the Peace Trot course several times this year, what can you tell other runners about it?
F: It's gorgeous! You get some beautiful views of the plantations along the way as well as some excellent trail running in the woods -- a little bit of everything!