My guest today is someone that I’ve chatted with on Twitter for the last several months and I finally came to my senses to have her on the show for a proper conversation.
The timing is just about perfect since she just recently ran her first marathon.
Needless to say we will talk about her first 26.2 today and who knows what else as I go a few easy miles with Goldie Van Horn today.
In Search Of A New Challenge
Goldie Van Horn began running as an adult and has been doing it for about 7 years.
Prior to becoming a runner, she stuck mostly to the gyms and doing DVD workouts at home.
Goldie was at the point where she wanted/needed a new challenge.
She committed to running a 5k in the spring which gave her 7 months to prepare and train.
Goldie began running with friends and running slowly grew on her.
Her stubborn and determined personality was part of the reason she stuck with the sport in the early stages.
She crossed the finish of her first 5k in May of 2015.
The accomplishment she felt was all the motivation she needed to train for and complete her first half marathon in September of 2016.
What Could I Do?
The first few years running was smooth sailing for Goldie.
She got into a routine of doing spring and fall half marathons.
After a few years of running 13.1 miles regularly, she began to realize she could go farther.
Goldie began to wonder “what could I do?”
She didn’t want to live her life regretting not running a marathon.
New Year’s Eve of 2019 is when Goldie made the leap and registered for her first marathon.
A New Timeline
When Goldie registered for her marathon, she never expected the events that would transpire in the near future.
The covid-19 pandemic along with a knee injury that required surgery ultimately delayed her first marathon by a year.
The surgery to repair her knee took Goldie away from running for 8 months.
At that time she came to really appreciate running since she was unable to do it.
Goldie was smart with her recovery and built back up slowly.
In March of 2021, she ran a 10-mile run which was her longest run post-surgery.
That run gave Goldie the confidence that her knee would hold up well while training for a marathon.
Leading up to the race in the fall of 2021, Goldie didn’t miss a single training run in her 18 weeks of training.
Happy With The Outcome
Goldie was excited and ready on race day to set out to accomplish what she trained so long to do.
She ended up running the first 16 miles of the race with a friend she met on the start line.
The unexpected company helped the miles to fly by and before she knew it she was a marathoner.
Following the race, Goldie took a week off of running.
During that week she employed various active recovery techniques.
Looking back at the race results, Goldie accomplished what she set out to do and was ultimately happy with the outcome.
Many Years And Many Miles Ahead
Immediately after finishing her first marathon, Goldie knew without a doubt that she wanted to do another one in the future.
She loved the structure of training and now knows what to expect.
Her local running community has been a big source of accountability and she has also loved the social aspect.
Goldie also enjoys the rare moments when her online running community collides with her real life.
She has loved meeting people from her social media at races and making real connections.
Goldie will continue to run as long as she is able.
The mental and physical benefits of running have positively impacted all areas of her life.
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