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my runs by trying to take a photo of something I found on my
run or of me when I finished, and then posting it to social media
so I was accountable. I had to plan around blizzards, traveling for
work, and sometimes sick toddlers, but I was able to make it for
the 47 days of Lent.

Any advice for finding the time to run?

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It's hard to set aside time to working out when you're working, being
a wife, and caring for a child, so you need to be flexible on when it
gets done. It's ok if you only have enough time for 20 minutes, it's
something! Sometimes, I adjust by bringing my toddler along with
me (thank goodness he likes being pushed around in a running
stroller!) or we turn it into a family outing with my husband joining
in on the run.

How has running with the Pacers helped you?
Running with the Pacers - or doing anything with the Pacers - is
usually a highlight of my week. My husband and I started running
with the Pacers when we first moved to the Reading area back in
2009. Not only did the group runs help us explore the region, but
we developed a new, big friendship circle. The group is so big and has
so many different characters with different reasons why they come
out at different ability levels. That latter part was very important to
me as I tried to keep up with exercise while I was 7 months pregnant
and couldn't run, and when I tried to get back into running after
giving birth to my son.

Melanie Marinaccio, Age 59, West Lawn
Toughest race?
The MOST difficult race I ever did was an international distance
duathlon about 10 years ago, with a starting line on a road in South
Jersey called Mosquito Landing Road (oh, was that ever appropriate!).
It was August, hot and humid, with the first 3-mile run on a hot,
sandy, no shade fire road through a marsh, followed by a blistering
25-mile ride, and a final 10k on that same hot, no shade, sandy fire
road. And they ran out of water on the run. It was more a mental
test to finish than a physical one. Loved it and cherish that award.
While current knee issues are preventing me from running as much
as I want to, my runs are based on what types of races I'm entering.
There's the dreaded speed drills on the track and hill repeats, but
lots of leisurely runs on road and trail as well. One of my favorite
runs is from West Reading, up to the Pagoda, and back. Nolde after
work runs are fun, too!

What tips can you provide to make time in your schedule to run?
Scheduling time for myself is how I get my workouts in. I get
up early every day to do something: walk, lift, run, swim. If you
want to see me at lunch time, you'll need to join the Reading
Central Y! And after work hours and weekends are for longer
runs or bike rides. n

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