I’m M, aka ReadEatWriteRun. I’m a woman in my late 40s (a Masters runner). I’m an Age Grouper with a day job, not an elite. I’ve completed 6 marathons so far (2003, 2004, 3 in 2014, and Boston 2015). I BQ’d for the first time in March 2014, then BQ’d/PR’d in October 2014 and BQ’d again in November 2014. It took me years and lots of hard work to achieve that goal, persevering through life changes and challenges while holding on to the dream. I ran my first Boston Marathon April 20, 2015 and it was an amazing experience, a dream come true in many ways. I’m qualified for – and plan to run – Boston 2016.
I ran my first 50k in December 2014 in a timed race. My 50k, along with my October 2014 and November 2014 marathons, allowed me to become a bronze level Marathon Maniac. I love running long and I’m interested in doing more road/track 50ks, and possibly some day longer road/track ultras. But right now and in the near future, my focus is on getting faster and stronger in my marathons.
I’ve also done some half marathons and shorter distance races. I work hard on getting faster. I run primarily on my treadmill at home in the dark of the very early morning. I love my treadmill and have been running on a treadmill for most of my running “career”. I started running casually in my early 30s, ran more and started training later in my 30s and early 40s as I did more half marathons, and really got focused and serious about training in my mid to late 40s. I try to run outside once a week. I’m looking at ways to run outside more days of the week, even if they’re shorter runs, including a group run with local running store folks.
I’m married to a wonderful, incredibly supportive man who shall be referred to here as DH (dear husband) or C. No kids, no pets, although I love dogs and had one for many years. I’m a survivor of thyroid cancer. My mom passed away from breast cancer over 20 years ago. My amazing sister (older by over a decade) is a role model for me and a survivor of multiple cancers, including breast cancer.