Summer 2006 Profile
Vera, a Russian-American, hasn't always had the healthiest of exercise
and eating habits. Two years ago, though, she lost 90 pounds. Vera changed her
diet and built up her ability to endure a seven-mile course on an elliptical
trainer. Now, with her hectic schedule working at a hospital as well as being a
student, Vera doesn't want to lose the momentum. Finishing the Boston Marathon
would symbolize for her "the epitome of health and fitness."
Vera's Race Results & Update
Roughly 7 and 1/2 hours
(Official timing had stopped.)
Vera ran much of the way
with glass in her foot.
Are you still running, four months later?
I am currently running on
a daily basis, albeit the distance is five miles for each run. The runs are a
combination of various outdoor routes as well as working out on the treadmill
using the "Hills" interval function (the incline progressively
steepens while the pace must be kept constant). This particular workout is
helping me increase my strength and endurance. As for the future, I intend to
participate in local races such as the Tufts 10K for Women in October and
compare my results from last year. In regards to the possibility of running
another marathon, I am not going rule out the possibility!
What else has stayed with you?
The most salient and
resounding lesson is that the only limits and barriers we experience are the
ones we choose to place upon ourselves. Running, not to mention running a
distance greater than one mile, was something I thought I would never do, not
even in my wildest fantasies—I couldn't even fathom it. Once I overcame
my own neurosis and preconceptions, I understood that with the correct
training, my body would acclimate. All I really needed to do was take the first
step. Obviously, it may not be easy at first, but the most important thing is
to take the first step (no pun intended) and have the proper goals set out.
What it all meant
For me it
was a struggle of Brain vs. Body and allowing my brain to calm down and let my
body do the job. During the winter months, there were several times I
discovered icicles in my hair and thought to myself, "I must be out of my
mind to be running in 20-degree weather!" However, the bottom line was
that I was running in that weather and I survived it! This quest provided proof
that, in the past, I put too many limitations on what I thought I could
I had such a wonderful
time with the NOVA team. They are all amazing and inspiring individuals!