Today I’m going a few easy miles with Tracy Green.
Tracy broke three hours in her most recent marathon, so hopefully she’ll run slow enough for me to keep up!
12 Marathons, 12 BQs*
Tracy got into running about a decade ago, and just over a year after she started running she finished her first marathon and qualified for Boston.
Yeah, she’s one of “those” runners!
While every marathon that Tracy has finished in her career to date has resulted in a BQ, she does have a DNF on her resume.
During a race a few years ago, that she swore she would never run but found herself running anyway, Tracy made the decision to pull out a race at the 16 mile mark.
While it wasn’t an easy decision, and it was something that she felt guilty about doing for quite some time after the fact, when she explained the situation I think it’s clear that it was the right decision for that day.
Pilates and Running?
We spent a good amount of time talking about Tracy’s various running exploits, but another thing that I definitely wanted to talk with her about was the subject of pilates.
Tracy is a pilates instructor, and I’m a pilates noob, so this was a chance for me learn about something that I’ve never done before.
And after talking to Tracy, I’m fairly certain that I’ll be trying pilates sooner rather than later!
Tracy recently did a great post (with video) over on the Salty Running blog about how to incorporate your foam roller into a pilates routine as well.
While we were talking about pilates, Tracy shared that she had gotten away from pilates several years ago as she got more and more into running. As she added on the miles, pilates (and most other forms of exercise) kind of fell by the wayside as she was racking up 80-90 mile weeks.
But after an injury sidelined her for quite some time, she decided to reintroduce pilates to her training and the payoff has been evident.
While there is no guarantee that doing pilates will make all of your running dreams come true, Tracy is quite certain that she wouldn’t be where she is today as a runner without her time on the mat!
If you’re looking for a resource to help you get started with pilates, Tracy recommends checking out Pilates Anytime.
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