Joselyn Vaughn, 37, is a mother runner and romance novelist, and she usually writes running scenes into her books. “In most of my books there is a character that goes for a run to sort some things out,” says Joselyn, who lives with her husband and three kids in Michigan. Perhaps another mention of 26.2 will make an appearance in an upcoming novel -- Joselyn is running the Sleeping Bear Marathon in Empire, MI this fall.
Best recent run: I made it through 16 miles this morning and 11 was on the treadmill. I had some stomach issues at the start, so finishing the distance I wanted felt pretty good.
Happy, strong runner: I feel so much better about myself now that I am running. Before I started running seriously again, I had some minor health issues – the kind where you feel junky all the time, but the doctor can’t point to something as the cause ... these health issues are still lurking, but they aren’t controlling what I do. I don’t let them interfere with my training schedule anymore. That attitude has changed so much for me.
Writing about running: In Climbing Heartbreak Hill, my main character was an elite marathon runner who just found out he wouldn’t be able to run anymore. It was interesting to sort out those emotions. How would I feel if I couldn’t run anymore? What would it take to convince me? Would I literally have to fall on my face to accept the diagnosis? Having done that twice a couple weeks ago on a trail run, I hope not. It wasn’t pleasant.
Favorite running weather: Weather perfect for shorts and long sleeves
Running shorts or skirt: SKIRTS!
Short & Sweet or Go Long: I prefer long distances over short.
Favorite way to cross-train: Foam rolling?
My Indulgence: Nutella and pretzels
Favorite author: Jane Austen
Best running advice I’ve ever received: It doesn’t matter if you are a lion or a gazelle, when the sun comes up, you better be running.
My dream run: Yellowstone Half Marathon.
What keeps me going when I hit a rough patch in a race or a run: the desire to meet a goal.
What I thought about during today’s run: Am I going to make it to the bathroom? And I did! YAY!
Best Mile Ever: The last one of my most recent marathon. There was a rough patch from mile 19-24, but I kept moving forward. With two miles to go, I just wanted to get it over with, so I pushed all the crud aside. When I go to the last mile, my kids, my sister, and my niece were there cheering for me. My daughter tried to run with me always. It was pretty awesome having them there.
My running, in three words: Goals, determination, perseverance.