Today I’m taking a few easy miles with a runner that won’t shy away from a long distance adventure.
Maggie Seymour is in the final stages of preparation to run from coast to coast across the United States.
At 13 years old, Maggie tried running cross country after some years on the softball team.
Maggie fell in love with the running community/team more than the running itself and drifted away from running in her college years.
After college, Maggie joined the Marine Corps and was deployed to Iraq. When her boss asked her to go for a run with him, she tried to get out of it.
When her boss asked her to go for a run with him, she tried to get out of it. But apparently you just don’t tell your Marine boss that you’re too busy to run when he “asks” you to run with him.
And before long, she was hooked.
Maggie is setting out to run from coast to coast is to inspire and uplift the communities that are important to her.
Maggie is running for a charity organization, Team Hoyt, that is centered around athletes with Cerebral Palsy. Her connection with Team Hoyt helped, at least in part, to inspire the route as Maggie will run from the California chapter to the Virginia chapter on her trip across the country.
The plan, as it stands now, is to run six days and have one rest day each week. To make it from San Diego to Virginia Beach in 100 days, which is the goal, Maggie will need to average about 35 miles each day.
Preparing for the Task at Hand
Training has proven to be Maggie’s least favorite part of the preparation for this challenge. Maggie’s best advice she has received is to build up the stamina to feel comfortable running 35 miles a day.
There is only so much you can do to get comfortable, physically and mentally, to run 35+ miles each day!
One thing that Maggie has done a lot of is cross training. Yes, she’s run a lot. But she’s also been complimenting her running with a lot of crossfit and yoga as well.
If you would like to run a few miles with Maggie on her journey, she’d love the company! Check out her website to find the route she’s planning to take, the organizations she’s supporting, and to to sign up to run with her along the way.
You can also follow Maggie and get updates on her progress on twitter.
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