Women2Women - Fall 2017 - 48
Favorite place to run?
I consider myself lucky being surrounded with various trails within
a half hour of my home. Beautiful Blue Marsh Lake, with more than
30 miles of trails, offers everything from flats, rock, roots and some
hills. When I want something more challenging with lots of hills and
rocks, I run AT trails, in Hamburg, Port Clinton, PA.
How has running with the Pacers helped you at work and life?
I joined the Pacers in late 2006, as I moved to Berks County from
Collegeville, PA. I felt very welcome right from the start as a new
runner and a member. I didn't know anyone in Berks County but
it didn't take long to feel I was part of a huge family, where I always
founded support if needed. The Pacers are the reason for my running
success, where I always found encouragement and support. Besides
running, I participate in various social events where families are
included. Some of our kids grew up together and it's great to see a
new generation of Pacers. I have always admired how committed the
club is to giving back to the community as well, between charitable
donations to scholarships, and more.
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HAT 50K.* I was never a distance runner so a 50k was a lot for me!
I'm a single mom of three, a student, and I work.
*The HAT 50K course is mostly single track trail with a mix of open fields,
dirt road and some paved road. The course features nearly 4,300 feet of
climbing. There is a starting loop of 3.6 miles followed by two identical
loops of 13.7 miles. There are 4 stream crossings that can be challenging
depending on the water level. The race is held in Susquehanna State
Park, MD. www.hatrun.com
What tips can you provide to make time in your schedule to run?
The best time for me to run is early morning. I am fortunate to live
in a community that has several great running groups. Meeting a
group makes it a lot easier to get out of bed so early when you know
there are others out there joining you for the run. It is also time for
myself when I don't have to think about parenting, school, or work
Favorite places to run?
I enjoy running around the West Chester borough, Stroud Preserve,
Cheslen Preserve, and Valley Forge. In general, I think I get the most
enjoyment from running when I'm with good company and when
the terrain varies. It's more satisfying to me to be challenged on hills
and running in areas where I can enjoy the scenic routes.
Mary Boggs, Age 33, Sinking Spring
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Ruth Machamer, Age 44, West Chester
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What was your biggest hurdle to start running?
The biggest hurdle for me to begin running is still getting motivated. Some days I do not feel in the mood to run due to my
work load, body aches, or the weather. But I do my best to get
mentally prepared to work out. If I am thinking, "I'm going to
run today before it rains," then I am more likely to go out and
do it. During Lent, I set a goal of completing a running streak by
running at least a mile a day for each day in Lent. I documented