I love how social Jill Ellingson, a mom of two boys in Tacoma, Wash., is. In addition to running with local gal-pals, she’s also become tight friends with a bevy of other mommy-runner bloggers who she met up with for her first marathon last June. Jill’s plan was to run/walk/run the race, but once she got chatting with one of her blogger-buddies, she got to mile 11 without taking any walking breaks. (Oooops!) Catch up with this social butterfly.
Best recent run: I recently started running with a friend of mine who has lost more than 70 pounds. On our first run, she ran 5K (3.1 miles) for the first time without walking. On our next run, she said she wanted to a little further so we set out for 5 miles. The run could not have gone any better! Not only did she run some major hills, she also ran the entire way and killed her pace by almost a minute! It was amazing to be a part of someone running 5 non-stop miles for the first time.
26.2 in 2010: I get excited just remembering it! My training was great, not always fun, but it went really well with no injuries. I had to revamp my training as I went along since sick days and family vacations happen. That’s what’s great about training…you can make it work for you. I also had great people around me who had run numerous marathons, and I chatted with them a lot during my training. It’s not just about marathon day…it’s the journey! Even though the race (Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle) itself didn’t go according to my plan—because I hadn’t taken my usual walking breaks, my stomach cramped so it took me 5:01 instead of under-5:00 as I’d hoped--it was still great because I did it! I finished and there was no better feeling than crossing the finish line with my family and friends watching me do it. You only have one first marathon.
Making muscles: Last year for my marathon all I did was run. I couldn’t focus on anything other than my running. This year I’m changing it up with weights training. I work out with a trainer once a week and have been taking classes three times a week that incorporate weights, squats, push-ups, and other strength moves. It’s been a great change and a blast doing classes with my friends. I know all of this will make me a stronger runner, but right now my legs are working new muscles that running doesn’t work out so they are adapting, which has made for some slow runs with my sore legs.
Can’t run without: My TMB Endurance Bands--I love them! I had a hard time finding something to hold my hair back--I hate it when my hair is in my face--and these are totally awesome and stay on my small head.
Friends indeed: Our passions bring us together! The conversations I’ve had over runs have been so memorable. It seems like you open up a lot while you run. With all our technology relationships (texting, Facebook, etc.), facetime with people seems rare, but running gives you that time. I’ve also made some great friends through blogging, which took me by surprise. I’m so lucky to live in an area with some extraordinary bloggers. Also meeting out-of-town bloggers has been a fabulous experience. We’ve met to carbo-load the night before our races, which have been a blast!
Up next: 2010 was a big year for me, and it made me realize I’m an all-or-nothing gal. I needed to bring a little more balance to my life for my sanity and my family. There are a handful of races I really want to do, but currently I’m only registered for Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle in late June. I’m kind of taking it a day at a time and focusing on cross training, weights, and making it all work with my running.
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