Even though it feels like we’re in the thick of marathon season, you can go the distance pretty much any month of the year. To wit: Corrina Castillo, 34, just started training for her first ‘thon, which will be the Carlsbad Marathon in January. Her three girls are ages “7.75, 4.5 and 2.75,” she says, “I blame my Garmin for my need to be so specific with their ages!” A San Diego resident, Corrina is on the hunt for a running partner; after reading this profile, we’re guessing she’ll have other mother runners lining up for the job.
Best recent run: Just about every run is a “best run” for me. That said, I ran a “devotional” run a few
weeks ago: 5.5 miles along the beach, no music and purposefully listening to myself and God. The clarity that came to me during that run was incredible. I need to do that more often.
Let the training begin! After running four half-marathons over the past five years, I finally committed to my first full marathon. Working towards a race is a very positive influence for me, especially when life is overwhelming. The time needed to train is the most intimidating factor. I’m using a combination of the SmartCoach app and a first-time marathoner’s plan from a recent Runner’s World. The app plan only requires 3 runs a week—perfect for a busy, working mom.
Love of bed: I love my bed and am not a morning person. But during my last training cycle I finally got into the groove of early runs. It is the only surefire way I will get a run in. If I wait, especially on a workday, any variety of things can thwart the best of intentions. Every morning I have to decide what I love more that day: running or sleep.
Sanity saver: Most people think I’m crazy to fit running into my life. The truth is, I would be crazy without it. I’m not an outwardly emotional person, but I still feel emotions. Sweat has become my tears and running is my therapy. I need the release, I need to feel pain in my body, I need the endorphins.
Can’t run without: My husband’s support. He says “we” are running this marathon, and it’s true. And Body Glide. I recently had issues with huge blisters along my arches, but bathing my feet in Body Glide is keeping them blister-free.