TMR Featured Mom –  Claudia

I met Claudia through the Suncoast Strider Group – she is an inspiring lady!  I don’t get to see her as often as I would like, but every time I do – she is so sweet!

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I’m a 48 year old single mom. I have four kids (2 girls and 2 boys). Ashley – 24, Sarah – 20, Robbie- 17, Joshua – 15

I started running because I HAD to. I signed up to go into the Marine Corps right out of high school. I wasn’t active at all so I started to run to be somewhat prepared for boot camp. Back then (’85) the women’s Physical Fitness Training test consisted of a 1.5 mile run. During my 6 years in the Corps I was required to run so that was my reason for running.

Unfortunately, when my enlistment was over (’91), I stopped running. I guess because I was no longer “required”, I didn’t feel the need to continue. I started back up when I decided to do the Iron Girl 5k in 2010. My goal was a sub 30 and I finished with a 30:36. After that race I didn’t run again. I don’t know why. Maybe because at the time I didn’t know any other runners so it was hard for me to motivate myself. I need motivation and encouragement! One day a friend of mine who I met in boot camp talked my sister and I to run the Disney Princess Half Marathon in 2012. Since then, I’ve been running! It was in late 2012 that I joined the Striders. Marie Grubb and Mike Smith, who I knew outside of the Striders, told me about this wonderful group of athletes. Happy to be a part of this group. 😊
What inspires me to lace up is fitness and friends. At the moment I don’t do any other type of fitness but that will soon be changing. I just recently got a bike and I will also be starting the 21 Day Fix Extreme. I’ve been wanting to start working out but I need guidance. I’m also a bad “eater”. I’ve always been able to eat whatever and not worry about the consequences until now. This program sounds like just what I need. I need to learn how and what to eat. Running just isn’t enough for me.
The best running advice I’ve ever received was just recently. I reached out to another runner, Shannon Dempsey, asking about marathon training. One thing she said was, “I’m a huge fan of quality miles rather than quantity miles because that works for me. And recovery days are a must.” This is something I’ll keep in mind once I start marathon training in June.
My kids don’t run with me (even though they’ve all done track and field in school) but they do run the I Love Mothers Day 5k for me. It’s become a tradition. 😊
I have no other fitness obsessions at the time. Maybe once I start the 21 Day Fix Extreme, working out will be one of them.Claudia 3
My favorite race, believe it or not, was my first marathon, the Marine Corps Marathon in 2013. I told myself if I ever ran a marathon it would be MCM. Obviously, with me being a Marine, this race has special meaning to me. My sister and brother, who are also Marines, also ran that race that year. I was hoping to run it in 4:30 but didn’t quite make it. My time was 4:42:05. I was pretty pleased and proud. 😊
The only advice I have for a running mom is to continue being active and example to their kids. Even though my kids aren’t “runners” they have stayed active during their school years.
The next race on my calendar is the Marine Corps Marathon in October. Again! It’s their 40th anniversary and I’m so looking forward to being a part of it.

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