Someone once said, "There will be days when i dont know if i can run a marathon. There will be a lifetime knowing that i have." It's that mentality that keeps three local runners moving.
They will be a part of the 118th running of the Boston Marathon next week.
For Janet Glodowski, 44, the mother of five from Stevens Point knows what to expect for her second run in Boston. What she didn't count on was the harsh weather.
"This was the hardest winter to train in because I will not do a treadmill, so I did everything outside in this lovely minus degree weather. So we did it with a couple layers on, I wear ski goggles, ski mask, and ran, " says Glodowski.
Merrill's Matt Radtke has 12 marathons on his resume. His 13th will be his first in Boston.
"I'm excited, but also trying to keep calm about it so i don't get worked up. The nerves will probably start the night before and again that morning, and then once i start, they're gone," Radtke says.
Carl Neumann will be making his 4th trip to Boston, and the 66-year-old from Hazelhurst is showing no signs of slowing down.
"All the excitement, all the hype, it's all over again. It's as exciting as the first time, it's just incredible. You get a lot of self-satisfaction. It does elevate you," says Neumann.
Training for a marathon is something all the runners say takes months of preparation. Neumann says you usually train five to six days a week, varying the speeds and paces. The runners tell me they run one long run, usually 10 or plus miles on the weekends, and throughout the week about five to eight.
"And the training you're supposed to do hill workouts. So around here all we have is hills, so it's kind of a natural place to do it," Glodowski adds.
For those who don't run, mind over matter can be the hardest challenge.
"It's like an hour where I don't have to think about anything. I don't have anyone yelling 'Mom, Mom, Mom' so mentally when i get out there i just run, and just know that i got to get done, "
Neumann adds that sticking with running is a difficult challenge to overcome, but knowing that whatever you're suffering now, you won't be suffering in a couple hours is what you should tell yourself to push on.
And these runners know that the biggest pay out will be waiting for them at the end. Glodowski says she writes on her arm one person she is going to think of for each mile.
"So if i keep checking off my list, i'm at 26 in no time!" she says.
"Knowing that there's going to be family at the finish line is the big one. The faster you run the faster you get there, right?" says Radtke.
And the faster they can share a story of this lifetime accomplishment.
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