BEAUMONT, TX (News Release) - By Donna McCollum - email
NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - About a month ago most of these ladies had trouble making it to the end of the driveway at a jog. Now they're up to running six miles.
Their endurance trainer, Becky McMorries, let's them know from the beginning.
"It's very easy to do if you do it smart and you do it nice, slow and steady," she said.
The goal in mind is a half-marathon. That's 13.1 miles up and down the hills of Austin. McMorries has all the confidence in the world in her runners.
"You'll be running up the hill and you'll pass tons of people and that is a good feeling," she said.
But first 13 more weeks of training up and down the hills around Nacogdoches.
McMorries is the external motivator.
"And I make up your training plans and send them to you and I'm there for motivation and accountability," she said.
But what makes a person wake up one day and say "I'm going to run a marathon"?
"Accomplishment," Connie Howe said. "Something, I've never run 13 miles. I just think it's the coolest thing to be able to do that, at kinda, my age."
"It's really been a big part of relieving that stress and giving some alone time that I need," Ashley Thornton said.
"So it's a birthday present," Latika Neal said.
For the guys in the bunch, being surrounded by women is nice.
"That's probably one of the motivations," Ed Tanhui said.
But even men like looking nice.
The group runs together once a week. The rest of the time they follow a personalized training plan.
"They got their music," McMorries said. "They got their iPod on so they might be jammin, but, yeah, it's not casual walking. You got to pick up the pace and get moving."
All to reach a personal goal that's good for mind and body.