“I started Bodypump classes in January 2017 after hearing recommendations from my running buddies. I’d been running for 30 years, and because I started running at age 40, I really knew I needed to take better care of my body if I wanted to keep on running. I’d heard that strength training would help runners, but had never gotten beyond saying to myself that I try it. Some recent physical therapy due to injuries finally convinced me that some preventative maintenance was in order.
After the first Bodypump class, I was hooked. Trisha actually made it fun! Her enthusiasm is infectious, and the time goes by fast when you are in a group and exercising to music. I had a goal marathon at the end of April, and decided that I had enough time to test whether strength training would make a difference if I went consistently three times a week.
The Canton Hall of Fame Marathon was to be my 21st marathon in the last ten years, but
I was apprehensive because it was predicted to be hot, and running in the heat is more difficult. Despite that, I was pleased to come in first in my age group (65-69). I also was recognized for setting an age group course record, and won $100. I was able to maintain more efficient running form because my back was stronger, and a better arm swing. I was pleasantly surprised that my muscles were not sore either during the marathon, or in the week after the race.
As I get older, I see fewer women racing, and I know that every day that I can run is a gift. I plan to continue with strength training so that I can have the best chance of continuing to run marathons in the coming years. Besides, I’ve found that Bodypump classes are fun.”