Joy Townsend – April Runner of the Month

1. What inspires you to run? 💡
Health. Running has always been a great way to get outside, get exercise, relieve stress, work through problems, etc. Although there have been injuries (stress fractures, foot surgeries/pins, SI joint dysfunction) along the way, the benefits always outweighed the issues. The cancer diagnosis made this even clearer. That I was a marathoner made it into my medical notes and somehow followed me throughout. Being active is considered a big plus both pre/post surgeries and with the follow-up cancer drugs. I had thought that it was difficult to come back to running after previous injuries or surgery, but I just did not have a clue.

2. When did you start running? 🕑
Somewhat consistently, in my 20’s; one of the Air Force bases had a wives running program (Dr. Ken Cooper had been an AF flight surgeon sooo flight crews ran). I became more consistent later with 5/10Ks and ran my “one & done” first marathon at 53. I had trained with a group and loved the running and talking/listening with people. So it seems that I am still not quite done with the marathon.

3. What is your favorite post-race meal? 🍝
Big, juicy hamburger with fries.

4. What is your favorite race or event? ⭐
I have great memories of most of them, especially if running with a friend. The picture is from the Niagara Falls marathon which was going to be “my last”. Such a beautiful day and run, I had a blast and talked to everyone. Hopefully the one in 9 days will become a favorite because it has been a Long, hard journey to get to Boston.

5. Do you have any advice for new or returning runners? 📖
Enjoy your run and be considerate.

6. What is one fun fact about you? Or, what are some of your hobbies? 🔨
I love to travel and recently went to Antarctica, my 7th continent.

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