Karen Willuweit, 36, is one seriously tough mother runner. This Batavia, Ill. mom of two—Lily, 7, and Jack, 4—ran her most recent marathon earlier this month in scorching hot temps. (Way to battle through the heat, Karen!) The tough weather prevented her from reaching her top time goal, but this BAMR is far from deterred. She’s looking ahead to TWO more 26.2 races yet this year.
Best recent run: A couple of weeks ago I set out to do a very easy 4-mile run. As soon as I started I could tell my legs were ready to go. The entire run felt effortless and my pace was fast. I knew I should slow down, but I just went for it. I never looked down at my Garmin and was pleasantly surprised when I finished. I love runs like that!
Out with the Heels, in with the Running Shoes: My blog is Trading in My Heels because I have always worn high heels in my personal life as well as my professional. When I started to run a few years back, all of a sudden I had a lot more running shoes. Trading in my heels for running shoes symbolized a new chapter in my life. So far it has been the best one!
Marathon Mama: My most recent marathon, on May 19, was somewhat disappointing. Living in the Midwest you train through the winter for a spring marathon. I ran through snow, wind, ice, and rain. I wasn’t expecting a hot day. It definitely slowed me down quite a bit and I did not finish in the time I was hoping for. However, I learned that I was tougher than I thought. As a runner you know you will face difficult moments in a race. It’s how you handle them that define you. I gave it my best and I’m good with that.
Can’t Run Without: My phone. I feel safe with it.
Finding Time for Lacing Up: When I first started running, I would get up at 5 a.m. and run before everyone was up. Most days I am still running really early. However, my kids are older now and when they are both in school I will run then. My family is very supportive of my running which helps tremendously.
Up Next: I will be running the See Jane Run Half Marathon in Wichita in September as their Ambassador. I will also be running the Fox Valley Marathon in September and the Marine Corps Marathon in October.