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We want her arms: Deana Boucher running her first 26.2, earlier this month
Deana Boucher, a mom of three in Woodbury, Connecticut, would agree with my mother, who often says, "No matter how many pairs of shoes you have, you never have the right pair." Deana owns up to her shoe obsession, but since taking up running  two years ago and running the Napa Valley Marathon this month, the pair that matter most to her are her running kicks. See what this newbie blogger has to say.

Best recent run: Although my marathon finish is on a whole other level of accomplishment, I think my best most recent run was when I completed my first 24-miler in training. It was the day before my 40th birthday, and the weather was windy with snow showers. I was terrified to go alone. I never in my life thought I could run that far. Finishing was one of the most empowering moments. I now feel anything is possible.  

I run because: Three years ago I had been told by a trainer that I would never be a runner because of a poor stride; he said I’d risk injury.

Deana ("Dean-a") in her first race, the NJ Half
 Instead, I signed up for my first half marathon, asking a new trainer for help with my stride. We worked on form, and I completed my first half five months later! Running now is a daily part of my mommy-sanity. Don’t ever let anyone tell you, you cannot do something!

No dampened enthusiasm: Marathon morning, it was raining when I got up. Ugh: I’m not one of those people that trains for “any weather condition”; instead, I cross my fingers and pray for good weather. It was a steady downpour through mile 12 and showers to the finish. Whenever I felt disappointment creeping in, I repeated my favorite motto: “You take what the race day gives you.”

Only one pair: I am a self-proclaimed shoe addict. I have more than 50 pairs of heels and 8 different running sneakers. I love shoes because they instantly change my mood: I might feel sexy in sling-backs, sassy in peep-toes, carefree in ballet flats. But if I could only have one pair, I’d have to pick my running sneakers.  Although pretty, flirty shoes make me happy, running makes me feel strong, sane, and sexy. I’ll take any shoe that can deliver those results!

Now what? I have two half marathons planned for this spring, and I'm awaiting the lottery decision for New York City Marathon in the fall. If NYC is not in my future, I may do the Hartford or Philadelphia marathon in the fall. A Boston qualifier marathon result is definitely in my sights: I plan on being a lifetime running mom.

Can’t run without: My iPod with cool, “not kid friendly” tunes is my guilty pleasure. I’m addicted to my Garmin—I’m a pace freak. Lululemon running gloves and a hand-held water bottle with Propel water. The gloves are the perfect fabric weight for chilly mornings and have a key holder. I am not a huge water fan so Propel makes drinking it more palatable. High maintenance, maybe…loves running, yes!

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Deana and the fam in FLA on vaca


12 responses to “Follow This Mother!

  1. “Run like a mother in a green flashing tutu” is a very cute video! Lynette is dedicated with everything she does. She is a Boise, ID. resident and I’m glad I know her now. She rocks!

  2. So glad you found a new trainer! Love to read about women having firsts like a marathon when they are 40 (or more).. Good luck on your road to Boston!

  3. Deana! Well done!

    In February during the Myrtle Beach half, I ran into an old friend from camp, circa 1996, whom I hadn’t seen in years. I ran into her at mile one, we caught up, I asked her what her goal was as she was running her first full…”I’d like to qualify for Boston.” Well heck to the yes you do! Just like that. So matter of fact. So I ran her pace for 12 miles until it was time for me to turn in to finish the half and you know what? She did it. And I have no doubt in my mind that you will too.

    Keep it up. You’re an inspiration in style, shoes, and running!

  4. What a great, inspiring woman! I have no doubt she is Boston-bound.
    I have a question on her training – she mentioned, at 40 years old, she runs daily. As an almost 50 year old, I would love to run everyday (my body responds best to routine) but am worried about injury. Any thoughts on this? Would it help to restrict the every day running to only 8 months out of the year, and cut back for 4 months?

    1. Hi- I guess that came out wrong. ( sorry) Running and other fitness activities such as hot yoga, weight training and spinning are all part of my daily fitness routine. When training for the marathon I may run 5-6 days a week in those time periods. Some of the milage may be as small as 2-3 miles and then I’ll do weight training etc. But I do allow time for rest and recovery. Yoga is such a great practice for core strength which allows for better posture strength for hill running.

    2. I’m now, gulp, 45, and I stopped running 6 days/week a few months ago–and feel SO much better! I now don’t wince or limp when I walk down stairs after sitting at my desk for too long, and my legs feel fresher on my runs. Sportsmama, you certainly *could* run every day…but I think cross-training is the way to go. I’ve seen the light!

  5. I love her Mantra of “you get what race day gives you!” this is SO true! I’ll have to remember this one for later.

    When I read that her best recent run was her 24mile run and she said that she was nervous it reminded me of Dean Karnazas saying a guy who ran his first marathon w/ him for the 50/50 challenge said “running his first marathon made him realize that the only limits are between his ears.” And this is so true for all of us. WE are are all capable of running a marathon and the only limits are the ones we place on ourselves. She could have let the first trainers words get her down but she found a better trainer! That is awesome, very inspiriting mother as always! – Good luck with getting into the NYC marathon Deana!

    1. Thanks for the wonderful comment! I realize now that the only limitations are the ones we put on ourselves. A marathon or any race your prepping for is so much more than physical effort. Your mental stamina and self talk is a huge part too.

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