After three attempts to qualify for the Boston marathon, Volée member Sarah Byron is hoping that the upcoming Richmond Marathon will be her qualifying race. With a solid and healthy training cycle behind her, she’s ready to give it her all on November 11th! 

I feel ready. But, I have always felt as ready as anyone can before they set out to run a marathon. I’ve run four marathons, and somehow even though I know I can make it 26.2 miles, I sometimes find myself thinking “26.2 miles, who does this? Can I really make it that far?” And, of course, I always have made it to the finish line and I’ve always found a positive experience in each of my races. 

This training cycle has been a bit different, though. A bit better, actually! I have been healthy this entire training cycle (everyone please knock on wood immediately) which has never happened for me. I eased into my mileage and I have been listening to my body more than I ever have. I still love going fast on my track days, but I have learned to slow down a bit during long runs and easy days. I have also incorporated more core work and much more stretching and recovery time.

sarahbyron_0.jpgPrediction run fun at DC Birdcamp

While I did struggle with a few workouts, especially with the hot weather lasting well into October, the majority of my workouts have been solid! I really love to run and the training is the part I enjoy the most. Racing is great, but it’s the goal-setting, routine of workouts, and thrill of running that keeps me happy and healthy. I believe that we are each responsible for creating our own happiness, and for me that has always included sports and being active. 

sarahbyron2.jpgWith Sally & Dr. Lesko at a Volée meet up

The best part of this whole cycle has been that I was able to complete two 20-milers and one 22-miler. For my other BQ attempts, injuries usually got in the way of several of my major long runs. Those longest runs often give me the most confidence and a stronger mental game. Knowing I’ve run those distances this time, I feel even more prepared for this race. The 22-miler was actually my favorite long run ever. It was daunting when I first saw it on my training schedule, but I crushed it. Ate those 22 miles for breakfast. So, it’s smooth sailing from here. 

I have confidence that I will BQ, because that is what I’ve worked my ass off to do. I will show up on race day ready to lay it all out there and put my hard work to the test. I am so excited and can’t wait to tackle Richmond with so many of you! Head up, wings out! 

Follow and share #FlyVA to superfan Sarah as she attempts to BQ in Richmond on Saturday, November 11th

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October 31, 2017 — Allyson Ely

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