Carol Brayboy 44
Summer 2006 Profile
As a single working
mother of three kids, and a parent for 22 years, Carol has struggled to focus
on her own needs and desires. She is also the victim of a traumatic
crime—an assault that changed her life. Aided by her spirituality, she's
been able to recover, but she still seeks greater well-being. For the past 10
years, Carol has tried, unsuccessfully, to master what she calls the
"how-to's of training." She thinks NOVA's project offers her a
chance to succeed.
Carol's Race Results & Update
Just under 7 hrs.
(Official timing had stopped.)/Roughly 16 minutes per mile
Are you still running, four months later?
I am. I run about three
times a week, from three to five miles at a time. It doesn't seem like
much now, but what a difference from the pre-training days, when I
couldn't even run around the block! I also do karate three or four times
a week. I'd definitely like to run a marathon again.
What else has stayed with you?
feeling that I can do anything and everything. I have more power now to follow
through with my dreams and to push past obstacles. There were days during the
training when I didn't want to run in the freezing cold or snow. But
people were counting on me, and I started counting on myself more. I drive
myself harder now, because I know that I can go further physically and
emotionally. I'm able to be mindful of my fears and push through them.
What it all meant
It was a time
of spiritual growth for me. My spiritual life fed into my ability to take on
the marathon, but the experience also strengthened my spirituality. Running the
marathon was never a dream I had as a little kid, but I always watched it as a
kid. And seeing little kids along the course was fantastic. They would put
their hands out and give you high-fives. I had an incredible feeling of being
When I took
this on, I saw it as a personal goal. I hadn't realized how much it would
inspire other people. It got my 23-year-old daughter running. My son wants to
run on the track team. And my best friend is also running. It's great
that it helped to inspire them.