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Native Pittsburgher Allyson sets a 10K PR at the You Go Girl race and snaps a shot in front of the industrial view. Home field advantage, anyone?

Yet another Twitter meet-up: Allyson Metters, a 37-year-old mom of three in Poulsbo, Wash., and I had a bunch of back-and-forths before the Another Mother Runner run/reading at West Seattle Runner this past weekend and my reading at The Cup and Muffin in Kingston, Wash. Alas, we couldn’t meet in person as Allyson needed to recoup after firing off a 10K PR that morning. (Woot-hoot!) Check out this relative newbie who has her sights set on the Pittsburgh Marathon next year.

Best recent run: My 10K this weekend was my best run ever. It showed me I could be faster—and that I should speedwork to my training (what have I been waiting for?). So on Tuesday, I did 400-meter repeats on a treadmill at

Allyson + her future 26.2'ers

an 8:20 pace and didn’t fall off--a huge accomplishment. Especially considering I only learned how to run on a treadmill last week and 10-minute miles seemed way faster on the belt than on the road.

My one-year “runiversary”: When I started running, even 60-second run intervals seemed difficult. I’m not kidding. I think people would be surprised to know how out of shape I was considering I looked average. In a year, I have finished a half marathon and knocked 10 minutes off of my 10K time. The learned lessons from my mistakes, injuries, and the online community have made me finally feel like a real (but still so not super) runner.

Super-juggler: I am so not, and never will be, the woman who works full time, runs 50 miles a week, chairs the school fundraiser, has great hair, and makes it all look easy. I let that go and accepted that chaos is pretty much the norm in our life. Having a husband who is a stay-at-home dad (and my secret weapon) helps a lot. Things get done, but it may not always be easy or look pretty.

5 good reasons for 10K as my first race:

5. In my 20’s I was not fast, but loved my long runs the best. Those hour+ runs were always the best times to make important decisions and calm the crazy in my head. I wanted to get back to that, and knew that I needed to find a plan that included long runs.

4. Not doing things in order (5K, 10K, half marathon, etc…) fits my pattern and personality.

3. Most races require me to drive or taking ferries to get there. The thought of spending an hour each way to run 30 minutes doesn’t make sense to the practical side of me.

Breathe in, breathe out: Allyson in action

2. I thought of it as making a real commitment to running and wanted to “go big or go home.” (But not too big: I thought the half-marathon runners were crazy.)

1. Maybe it was a bit for attention. Maybe the narcissistic side of me wanted people to think, “Wow that woman who could barely walk up a flight of stairs and hasn’t seen the inside of a gym in five years just ran a 10K!”

Can’t run without: My iPod. I ran without music for the first six months but once I tried it, I was amazed at how much more fun it could be. I am convinced that the extra cheesy playlist used for my 10K totally helped get me the PR and my secret goal. “Eye of the Tiger” at the final drive to the finish?! Could not have been more perfect.

Family affair: My husband, 9-year-old son, 8-year-old daughter, and I are super excited to run a school fundraiser 5K this Saturday. They were all runners before me, with loads of races under their belts. This will be the first 5K for both me and my daughter (my son ran one last May). Their running has really inspired me, and now I think I may actually be able to keep up with them.

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5 responses to “Follow This Mother!

  1. Followed the link and when I saw the post “reason # 26 that I am (so not) SuperMom” I immediately subscribed to the blog. Love it!

  2. I am really motivated when I see moms that get everyone involved. My little girly is almost 2yr old and she has watched her mommy run, her daddy run and many other countless friends, dogs and kids run along next to her stroller – I just can’t wait for when she is old enough to get out there and run along side of me!

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