The Flower sisters will take on the Philly Marathon this Sunday. In this 6 month program, these ladies have accomplished many milestones… 1) They ran their first non stop mile 2) Completed their fist 5 k 3) Completed their fist 5 mile run 4) Ran the loop (8.45 miles) for the first time 5) Discovered what a “real long run” is (13, 15, 20 and so on ) but noteworthy (in my book) is they 6) have found happiness through exercising, smiles through sweating and confidence through doing (running) what they set out to do and the importance / significance in having a GOAL. It has been awesome to see the transformation of these two sisters. I knew it May when I asked them to be part of the program, they would have fun with it and love it. While they both had beautiful smiles before, I honestly have to say they have been “glowing” since the program. Amazing , what those endorphins can do to you!
1) 6 months ago , neither of you were runners – 6 months later your running a marathon. When I approached you to do the program- what was the first thought that ran through your sisters mind ? Who would you say talked who into doing it?
I’ll show you the exact conversation we had about it when Kasey told us about the marathon training program. My favorite parts are how inspired we felt, motivated by Kasey’s support, and that we weren’t sure how long a marathon was exactly. And obviously, Bethany pushed us to commit. 🙂
Bethany: Lauren probably thought “wow!” I was definitely the one to say yes first though. Same thing happened with bootcamp; Laurs sent the link for a one month unlimited to Goals and I replied saying I bought and she should too. Look at us now! We are healthier, runners, and have an awesome new support group and friends!
2) How has Lauren/ Beth gotten stronger over the past 6 months?
Bethany (in regards to Lauren): Lauren’ s breathing has gotten so much stronger! She’s able to run so much longer, too. The biggest difference with strength though is the mental game. She used to get anxious before long runs, but before our 20 miler she was so calm and just ready. She’s really overcome the mental element of running.
Lauren (in regards to Bethany): We’ve definitely gotten strong physically, but mostly mentally- each on our own and as a team. We just looked back the other night at one of our first runs – we had to run 1 minute, walk 2 – and we struggled to finish the two miles doing that. As it went on, even when we felt defeated or slow or weak, Bethany made it fun and just appreciated the time together outside. I’d say finding a consistent partner is a huge key to staying committed. Luckily, we never both wanted to quit completely on the same day… so we kept at it!
3) When (if at all) did you have to give your sister a Pep talk ? Outcome? When did your sis have to give YOU a pep talk/ outcome?
Bethany: You mean our daily pep talks?! I have SoOoO much respect for the people in our group who run like this without a partner. I 100% would not have completed this without my sister. The most memorable pep talk for me was when I was so sore and wanted to quit and told Lauren. She looked at me and said, “It’s a privledge we feel this sore.” I think of that whenever I start thinking, ‘I can’t do this’. There have been many pep talks throughout this process.
Lauren: We’ve had lots of pep talks – SO MANY PEP TALKS. To and from each other, from family, from friends, from running partners, from Kasey and Christine. There was a serious point a few weeks ago we wanted to quit. I felt slow, wasn’t recognizing my progress, had some really tough long runs, and wanted to give up.
Somehow- with everyone’s support, and each other, we didn’t give up and thank goodness. One way we pep talk each other is through sending eachother pictures of funny running shirts.
4) How has your sister made you stronger?
Bethany: She has held me completely accountable for the work I put in. There have been some really honest conversations throughout training; each time she’s inspiring me to keep going but also kicking me in the ass. Her holding me accountable to see this through made me stronger.
Lauren: I admire how many on our team do this without a real close partner! Without Bethany there’s no way I’d be running this marathon, or had gotten through a lot of these runs.
Beth holds me accountable, we’d plan our runs together at the beginning of each week and stick to it. She pushes me harder, compliments me when I need it most, encourages me to stay on track, and we’ve just changed our whole way we share time together. We’ve made lots of nice memories on runs together – with Kirstin and our brother, Rob too!
We are seriously so excited to cross that finish line on Sunday!
5) One word about your sister on how she handled this training / long runs/ track practices etc?
Luaren (in regards to Bethany):BADASS.
I’m blown away by my sister is countless ways, but this training has shown me 100 more new ways to admire her. She’s so tough, she pushes herself so hard, and she doesn’t really give up ever, even when she says she wants to. I see her looking healthier, happier, and getting speedier as I trail behind her. I can’t help but feel SO proud!
Bethany (in regards to Lauren): Insistent!
6) Mantra for your sis come marathon day!!
Bethany: Each step is a step closer to the finish line.
Lauren: Every step is one step closer to the finish line. Don’t stop! I’ll see you at the finish line!!!!
7) What would you say to someone that says ” I can barely make a lap, how in the world can I do a marathon?”
Lauren: The other day someone asked me how my long run was and I said, “Oh, I only did 8 miles”, and I had to stop and ask myself who in the hell I was. While I do wish I was faster by now, I’m impressed by how much longer I can run, and how quickly that endurance built up. I’m not dying the whole time anymore!
Sure, there was times I probably could have pushed harder, and more I could have done, but I am confident that we both did our best we could through this process with each step, and we look forward to keeping up with this lifestyle change.
Bethany: The first day of practice you told us not to think about the marathon. Just focus on each run. Now that I am so close to being on the other side of this training I can say that is how this process works. Yes, I will be a marathon finisher after this; but more importantly I have a wholenew understanding of what my body can do. I can’t really put that realization into words yet. It seemed impossible and felt overwhelming at times, but here I am. I could not run for 30 seconds without stopping the first week of training! 30 SECONDS! But I trusted Kasey and kept working and trying and now I get to finish a marathon! I wish everyone could experience how empowering it feels to have your body do something you never thought it would.