Weekend Warrior: Margaret Williams ~ runner

AGE: 50

OCCUPATION: Manager, FedEx Services

SPORT: Running

FIT CLUB: I am a member of Rogue Racing, and I run with Early Morning Runners (EMR). I do Tuesday night speed work with Paul Sax and Saturday morning runs with Breakaway.

WW BRAGGING RIGHTS: 2017: Little Rock Half Marathon (1st in age group), Los Cabos Half Marathon Hill and Dale 8-mile (1st in masters). 2016: Portland Marathon (3rd in age group), Gateway to the Delta 10-miler (3rd in masters), Breakaway Bardog 5K (masters winner), Austin Half Marathon (1st in age group), Rylee’s Run 5K (masters winner). 2010 Road Race Series Women’s Overall Winner.

FAVORITE FITNESS ACCOMPLISHMENT: Boston Marathon 2013 (3:21). I had no idea I could actually run a marathon, let alone qualify for Boston.

FITNESS MOTIVATION: I love the way it makes me feel, both physically and mentally.

INSPIRATION: Everything I am is due to the love and support from my family.

I RUNNING: No matter what problem I have, a run always makes everything better.

CROSS-TRAIN: I train at the YMCA, mostly the Nuber branch. I do indoor cycle, strength training, swimming, and yoga.

PRERACE RITUAL: Everything has to be set up the night before (clothes, shoes, bib, gels, hat), and I have to be up at least an hour and a half before I leave for a race. I cannot just roll out of bed on race day. That ensures that I have everything I need right in front of me, so I am not stressed.

WW MUST-HAVE’S: I am in love with my Garmin 235! I even wear it to bed, so it can monitor my heart rate when I sleep.

“No matter what problem I have, a run always makes everything better.”

OBSTACLE COURSE: In 2012, I ran the Boston Marathon with stress fractures in both tibias.

BEST EATS: Another Broken Egg on Park. I always have an omelet and coffee.

WHAT IS SOMETHING NOT MANY PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT YOU? I didn’t run my first half marathon until I was 42 years old. I ran my first full marathon at 43. I had no idea I could be a runner. If I can do it, anyone can.

BINGEWATCH: I don’t miss an episode of Scandal.

PET PEEVE: Walkers in the front of the corrals and walkers that don’t get to the far right if they are walking through the water stops. From a safety standpoint, it is better for the runners to be in the front of the corrals and the walkers in the back. This is also important at the water stops to avoid the “three stooges” effect.

VICE: All things sweet—and pizza!

MOST OVERUSED PHRASE: “It is what it is.” My boss has asked me many times to stop saying this.

Interview by Hailey Thomas. Photo by Sarah McAlexander.

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