Susan Anderson

Growing up and as a young adult I was never involved in sports, and not athletic in any way. I was into the arts, academics and decidedly a book worm. As a young adult I tried martial arts and scuba diving. Running was nothing I would have ever considered doing. I would always say that wasn’t for me. That changed in 2012 when I realized that I had stopped setting goals for myself. I decided to enroll in a Learn to Run program at the age of 43, and crossed my first 5K finish line.

I was hooked after that first race to say the least but didn’t think that I could ever go farther than 3.1 miles. I signed up for more programs to better myself on that short distance. I even started running in the winter. It was surprising to see how much I enjoyed that challenge. After a couple of years though I decided that it was time to take the next step by tackling my first half marathon. It was a great experience and had fun while doing it. I have since completed approximately 7 half marathons. I told myself after that first race that I would never be one of those people that would run a full marathon.

In the early spring of 2016 I found myself putting my name into the lottery for the Marine Corps Marathon, despite my vow to never run a marathon. I couldn’t believe that my name was pulled the first time I entered the lottery. Initial excitement turned to disbelief and panic, thinking I was too old to try this. I made the commitment though and had to figure out the best way to accomplish this goal. Thankfully a friend new of Migonis Multisport and gave me the contact information. Under the amazing coaching of Matt Migonis I was able to complete my first marathon. He was so patient with me, and always encouraging no matter what a training run was like. He always sees the positive in what you are doing.

My big goal for 2017 is to tackle my first Sprint Tri in July at the Mini Musselman. I am a bit nervous about this as I am pretty new to biking and swimming. I know though that under the careful coaching of Matt that I will be able to accomplish this new goal. I am fortunate to be part of the Migonis team, everyone is so welcoming and always there to offer some words of advice.

I encourage anyone that has a desire to learn to run or to do a Tri to set that goal and go for it. You are never too old to learn to be a runner, swimmer or biker.