On November 10 the streets of Naperville will be filled with runners for the inaugural Edward Hospital Naperville Marathon and Half Marathon. Among them will be a group of employees running in the city they serve.
With less than two months to go until the inaugural event, the runners are pushing through the aches and pains and racking up the miles.
“Actually been feeling pretty good,” said City Manager Doug Krieger. “Been sticking to the schedule, catching about 90% of the days I’m supposed to be running and working out. I think by sticking to that and the gradual increases in mileage, my old body is holding up better than I expected.”
“Much better now, I recovered from all the injuries that we were lingering,” said Tom Kammerer, Commander at the Naperville Police Department. He suffered from some calf muscle pain when we met with him in July.
“I’m doing good real good. I don’t have any real problems right now, I’ve been keeping up with the training, no real pains, my feet are holding up,” said Amy Ramer, Financial Reporting Analyst, City of Naperville.
“My body’s holding up pretty well. My hip has been bothering me a little bit, but I got a foam roller so I’ve been rolling out the tightness,” said City Clerk Pam LaFeber.
One runner in the group is trying to get back in marathon mode after having a baby in March.
“I knew it was going to be tough, but I didn’t know it was going to be this tough,” said Katy Librizzi, Engineering Technician, City of Naperville. “The difference between what my body remembers it can do and what my brain remembers it can do is not matching up.”
The group is following the Naperville Running Company’s program: training on their own during the week and as a group on Saturdays, increasing mileage every week.
“Every run there’s a spot towards the finish line about a mile and a half out that I just hit the mental wall,” said LaFeber. “I did a lot of research on how people push through it and they say you have to play mind games with yourself. It doesn’t work for me.”
“It’s been awhile since I’ve done any of the distance stuff, I usually do 5Ks and 8Ks,” said Kammerer. “So it’s more speed work for that kind of stuff, this involves more miles, more time running which has been an adjustment.”
Everyone in the group knows they still have more to do before they reach the starting line in November, but say this has been an experience where they not only get fit, but also learn more about themselves.
“I’ve learned that if you stick to a plan and follow it religiously you can accomplish anything,” said Krieger.
“No matter what I’m juggling in my life that I can always fit in the run,” said Ramer. “I can do it and I can accomplish what ever comes my way.”
“I can be dedicated to something and I do need a schedule. I don’t think I could have done this without a schedule. I do need something to guide me. And group support is key. You can’t do this by yourself,” said LaFeber.
So what’s next for the remaining two months?
“Really get serious about it. I kept saying ‘Oh yeah, it’s a couple months away.’ I think just getting out there and running with everyone else running from the city and just know that the race is sooner rather than later,” said Librizzi.
“I’m just going to continue to stick to the plan, have fun with it and continue to have my alarm set about an hour and a half earlier,” said Krieger.
The Boston qualifier takes off on November 10 at 7 am. NCTV17 will be bringing you live coverage of the event.
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