Nicole Goodman, 32, is a trail runner at heart (and a Boston qualifier!) who is looking forward to running a summer trail series, including 7- and 15-milers. The Kingsport, TN mom of a 4-year-old and 2-year-old she affectionately calls Bean and Monkey, respectively, also is searching for a flat, fast 5K “to continue my quest for a sub-20-minute race."
Best recent run: 2013 Richmond Marathon, 3:31, PR and Boston Qualifier!
The Bachelor or Game of Thrones: Neither. But I’m addicted to The Voice. Adam Levine? Yes, please.
Biggest complaint about running: None. After coming back from a recent layoff, I’m savoring every single run!
Foam roll or stretch? Stretch. But not as much as I should. My preferred recovery? A full-body massage!
Running mantra I love: I carry my strength and my strength carries me.
Where I see myself in 5 years as a runner: Tearing up the trails with my husband, including a rim-to-rim ‘run’ in the Grand Canyon. Contemplating a full Ironman. Begging my daughters to wait for me as I chase after them!
What keeps me going when I hit a rough patch in a race: The thought of sweeping up my daughters in a sweaty hug at the finish line. My daughters were waiting for me at mile 21 of the Richmond Marathon. Stopping to give them a quick hug and kiss kept me going the final brutal miles.
Best Mile Ever: Running alongside my daughter in her first mile race gave me a completely new perspective on running. The thing that struck me most was the confidence Bean displayed; there was never any doubt in her mind that she was going to finish. Bean had no concept of how long a mile was, but she was determined to run the whole way. At just 2 1/2, she ran steadily and confidently kicked her way across the line in an impressive 12:25 to set the Tennessee state mile record for two-year-olds. Gathering her into my arms after she finished was more rewarding than any race I’ve ever done.
Worst running injury and how I dealt with it: ITBS ONE WEEK before the first marathon I trained for. I was devastated and spent months in physical therapy strengthening my hips. A 10-day hiking and backpacking trip to Zion, Bryce, Escalante, and Grand Canyon cheered me up tremendously, and the next spring I ran a BQ in my first marathon. Due to the happy circumstance of two pregnancies, I have yet to line up in Boston. I can’t wait for my turn next year!
What I thought about during today’s run: How grateful and happy I was to be running again. I stomped through muddy patches, flew down the descents, and soaked up the spring scenery on my favorite trails. And I told myself I could justify an Easter basket raid if I pushed myself the last mile!
My running, in three words: Humbling, Empowering, Sublime