Marathon Update

Back in February we met up with a group of city employees training for the inaugural Edward Hospital Marathon and Half Marathon in November.

Now, only 17 weeks out, we caught up with them again to see how they are doing.

“It’s been going well. I actually now look forward to running, where before it was truly a chore to get out of bed and go running. My body has finally accepted the fact that we are going to do this,” said Grant Wehrli, City Councilman.

“The process initially was very difficult for me. However, I’ve actually finally started to get to the point where I can look forward to a run and almost feel like I’m cheating myself if I miss something,” said Doug Kreiger, Naperville City Manager.

“Right now I have some calf tightness in my right leg. I’m trying to work through that so I’ve taken a couple days off,” said Tom Kammerer, Commander for the Naperville Police Department.

Since February, the group has had an addition, Deputy City Manager Marcie Schatz.

“I’ve never run anything longer than a 5K, but I think it will be fun. It’s the first one here so I had to jump in and be a part of the first event here,” she said.

Like many in the community, the group is participating in the Naperville Running Company’s 17-week training program, which started the day we met up with them.

“I was training to get ready for the training. So I’ve done a few races. I did a 5K, a 10K and then a half marathon in June. So now the official training starts this week,” said City Clerk Pam LaFeber.

“There’s an everyday schedule and just make sure you do it. You have to do the miles whether you walk them, run them, or whatever each day that’s required,” said Wehrli.

However, one runner won’t be starting for about another month.

“I have an almost-four-month old right now. He’s doing awesome, but as a result I have not been running yet,” said Katy Librizzi, Engineering Technician for the City of Naperville. “It’s been almost a year since I ran anything. I’m just going to find a plan online that I’ve used in the past and try to get those miles in. If I have to walk I’ll walk, as long as I cross that finish line, that’s all that matters.”

Up until now, the group hasn’t had a set schedule to keep motivated, so they often rely on each other to stay on track.

“We communicate via email. I work midnights so I don’t get to see these guys a lot, so I’m a night owl,” said Kammerer.

“Some of us are a little competitive, so that’s fun. There a number of us that will find occasions to run together. So it’s nice and supportive to check and see how everyone’s doing as well,” said Schatz.

The marathon is a Boston qualifier, and is attracting runners from all around the country, but for this group, they have home field advantage, running in the town they serve.

“I’m excited, the good thing about having it on Naperville is you can practice on the route. You’re familiar with the route. There aren’t going to be any surprises,” said LaFeber.

“I don’t think there will be any path or sidewalk that will be foreign to me by the time the race comes around,” said Krieger.

Want to know how this group does in the marathon?

NCTV17 will be broadcasting the entire event live. Tune in on Sunday, November 10 at 6:30 am for full coverage including commentary and stories about some of the runners.

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