Meet Our Mother Runners | Alicia W

Name: Alicia W

How many kids you have: I have 2 amazing boys. Ethan who is almost 7 and Elliott who just turned 4.

Location: Manchester, NH

One thing you love you about our MRTT chapter: Support. Never be intimidated. We’ve all started somewhere and had to take that first step. There are so many supportive, positive members on this page. We are here to support and encourage each other to be the best we can be!

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When did you start running consistently? I started running consistently in November of 2013. At that time I would only run in the dark and I would not leave to confines of my neighborhood in fear of being seen! I couldn’t run for 30 seconds without gasping for air and seeing stars. My first run in public was the Millennium Mile 2 months later. My goal at that time was to run the whole race without walking. Mission was accomplished!

Where is your favorite place to run/workout? I love to run anywhere my friends are. I’m most comfortable in the streets of Manchester but I’m always open to new areas. There are so many places to explore!

4 Do you have a favorite race? If not, what is on your bucket list?
So many to mention! How about my top 5?!
Midnight Owl 15k, N. Conway NH
Wineglass Full and Half Marathon, Corning, NY
Princess 1/2 Marathon, Walt Disney World
Great Bay 1/2 Marathon, Newmarket NH
Reach the Beach, NH

What is your current running/fitness goal? My current fitness goal is to include cross training in my schedule. This has never been a strength of mine. I don’t like going to the gym and scheduling is always hard to fit in with family time. With this I’m hoping to increase my strength and speed to accomplish my running goal of a sub 30 minute 5k and a sub 2:30 1/2 Marathon.

Why do you run? I run because I’m amazed that I can. In high school I quit varsity volleyball because the coach wanted us to run a mile. I had always been in awe of runners and thought “I could never do that.” But I can! And now I do! I may not be the fastest but I can run for miles! For once in my life I am active. It also replaced my previous hobby which was shopping at Target although I’m realizing that running could be more pricey. Running has brought me is amazing friends. The best friends anyone could ever ask for.

Who do you love to run with? My amazing friends who are so encouraging and challenge me to do more then I ever thought possible. They are sneaky and draw me right in with a smile and twinkle in their eye… I swear they have put a spell on me… “Look into my eyes… Do you want to run a marathon?” Sure, why not! (Really, I just agreed to run a marathon?). I also love to meet and run with new members. The first group run is always the hardest and we’ve all been there. But that’s when you realize how supportive the group is and how much fun we have!

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Meet Our Mother Runners | April S

Name: April S

How many kids you have: 1 four year old son

Location: Manchester, NH

One thing you love you about our MRTT chapter:  Words can not rightfully express how supportive everyone in the group has been. I was afraid to join a group run, thinking “what if I’m too slow, what if I can’t go as far…” etc. Yes, I have been the slowest on a group run before, but the ladies were nothing but supportive and encouraging. It made me push myself further than I would have otherwise. I especially love the kid friendly runs, it gives moms a chance to log some miles and  sets a great example for our kids.

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When did you start running consistently? I had been a regular runner in my college years due to some time in the Army, but after knee surgery in 2012, I had stopped for a few years. I got back into it March of 2015.

Where is your favorite place to run/workout? Livingston Park is one of my favorites for early morning runs or walks.

Do you have a favorite race? If not, what is on your bucket list? I did the Lake Massabesic 10 miler this year. It was a gorgeous and challenging course. I am looking forward to killing my time next year!

What is your current running/fitness goal? My previous goal was to complete my first half marathon. I met that goal on October 4th. My new goal is to work on bringing my pace down.

Why do you run? I originally began running to lose some weight I had put on. Once I lost the weight and broke through the 6-8 mile distances, I run to push myself. I run for the challenge. I run for the peace of mind.

Who do you love to run with? I’m not sure if this counts as a legitimate answer, but I adore running, albeit short distances and slow paces, with my 4 year old. Nothing makes me prouder than to hear his little voice say “Mommy can I run with you?”

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