Summer 2006 Profile
When her doctor not long ago put "moderately obese" on a health form, Betsey was outraged; she prefers to see herself as "situationally overweight." Until roughly three years ago, Betsey exercised avidly and kept her weight under control. But major surgery for a life-threatening tumor growing from her spine forced Betsey to be sedentary for six months. And this trauma was compounded by a divorce. Now the single mother of two teenage kids, Betsey hopes training for the marathon will be a turning point in her life. Learn more about Betsey's story in her Marathon Diary.
Betsey's Race Results & Update
Betsey ran with a painful urinary tract infection.
Are you still running, four months later?
What else has stayed with you?
My marathon training was helpful in many respects. First, I was certainly very fit for this adventure. However, perhaps as important, I was able to rely on the psychological training piece as well—"Don't get too far ahead of yourself. Don't worry about the 12,000-ft. climb on the day we are at 4,800 feet. Learn the skills you will need (glacier work with crampons, poles, and ice axes). Don't worry about anyone else. Go at your own pace. Stay focused! Eat well and rest! Stay hydrated! Look out for your teammates—help them if/when you can! Be in the moment! Lean into the fear!"
What it all meant
We endured what I refer to as nine months of group therapy. We shared our vulnerabilities—those that can be seen (injuries) as well as those that remain hidden (fears). We didn't waste time getting to know one another nor with the typical superficialities that often occur in everyday life. Was it because of the intensity of the activity? The scope of the event? The fact that none of us had done it before?
I like to think faith, or letting go of control, was the real catalyst for growth and change in each one of us. Our willingness to experience the full range of emotion allowed us to witness, first- and thirdhand, the best we had to offer ourselves and one another.
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