Because I know you’ve been dying to ask:
What’s up with 50 marathons by age 50, Melisa?
Well, originally I was going to do 50 marathons in all 50 states but then I remembered, money. And also, time. But I’m a Virgo and I like even numbers so I figured that 50 by age 50 was close enough. Plus, it turns out I like to have goals. What I don’t like is to exercise just because it’s good for me. yawn.
When did you first start running?
I started running in 2001, at the same time that I decided to train for my first marathon. I hadn’t run a single step from being chased or otherwise since age 15 and even then it was questionable. Seemed like as good a starting point as any to run 26.2 miles. So, I found a book called The Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer and the rest is history.
I think the reason why this “works” for me is that I never played any joint-damaging sports in my youth. In fact, I didn’t play sports at all. I like to think I was wrapped in a protective cocoon of inactivity, thus preparing me for a future in running lots of miles in adulthood. I’m in the early phases of having this brilliant idea copyrighted.
Are you fast?
I am SO fast, you guys. Every turtle says so. The truth is, I am faster than some and slower than others. My fastest marathon was a 4:06 and my slowest was a 5:25. Next to speed, consistency is my strong suit.
Do you really eat bacon every single day?
Yes. Two slices of bacon. Every day. 7 days a week. 365 days a year. Unless I’m somewhere that doesn’t have bacon and then I wander around aimlessly for awhile and try to recover. I think that life is short and everything in moderation, including moderation. Plus, I love the smell of bacon grease in the morning. It smells like victory.
Until someone starts paying you to run slow, what do you do for a living?
I am happy to say that I wake up every single morning doing work I love to do. It feels like a dream and I don’t take it for granted. I’m a Design Director for a great company that I’ve been at for 15 years. I get to make pretty pictures all day and the only way I’ll ever leave is kicking and screaming.
Who inspires you to put your running shoes on in the morning when you’d rather stay in your pajamas all day?
My kid. I know that’s so cliché but it’s true. My little 8-year-old blonde wonder makes me realize every day how short life is. How important it is to follow through with what you’ve set out to do. How precious our bodies are – the only ones we’re gonna get. Having her see her mama work hard and sweat for something makes it worth it.
How come there’s only one “s” in your name?
What can I say? My mom is very efficient and hates to waste. She didn’t see the use for no stinkin’ extra letters.
Thanks for stopping by! Please feel free to contact me with any other burning questions.
Run on, friends!